Daniel Plaza-Bonilla

PhD, researcher in Agronomy and Soil Sciences
Ramón y Cajal fellow
Universitat de Lleida




  • BIODIVERSIFY. Boost ecosystem services through high BIODIVERSIty-based Mediterranean Farming sYstems (PRIMA, call Section 2 – Multitopic 2019).
  •  2020 - 2023

  •  Project coordinator: Dr. Éric Justes (CIRAD, France). Partners: INRA (France), CSG (France), ENSA (Algeria), ZALF (Germany), AUTH (Greece), CREA (Italy), IO (Tunisia, Spanish partner PI: Dr. Jorge Lampurlanés Castel (UdL, Spain)

  •  To develop innovative solutions for Mediterranean farming systems based on high species diversification, including crop rotations, species mixtures in multi-service cover crops, intercrops and tree-crop associations.

     To contribute to increase agricultural profitability and food security in the Mediterranean basin by optimizing the value and effectiveness of new high species diversified systems.




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      LEGUMEGAP. Increasing the productivity and sustainability of the European production plant protein by closing the grain LEGUMEs yield GAP (FACCE - JPI SUSCROP).
    •  2019 - 2022

    •  Project coordinator: Dr. Fred Stoddard (UH, Finland). Partners: HUB (Germany), ZALF (Germany), WU (Poland), LLU (Latvia), SRUC (UK), INRAE (France), VUA (Netherlands), RAGT (France), Spanish partner PI: Dr. Daniel Plaza-Bonilla (UdL, Spain)

    •  Dissect the yield gap of faba bean and soybean in Europe. It will make recommendations for enhancing the sustainability and resilience of farming systems by identifying the potential of cultivars, management practices and farmer knowledge to close the current yield and protein gaps, reduce yield variability and the EU-level protein shortfall, and increase resource-use efficiency.


      Fababean outperformed winter pea through greater competition with weeds Maize single cropping vs. barley/soybean and barley/maize double cropping Field day in rainfed Mediterranean cropping systems Field day in rainfed Mediterranean cropping systems

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        LEGITIMES. Legume Insertion in Territories to Induce Main Ecosystem Services (French National Agency of Research).
      •  2014 - 2017

      •  Project coordinator: Dr. Marie-Hélène Jeuffroy (INRAE - AgroParisTech, France). Partners: UR-Leva, INRA-Nancy, Dijon Cereales, ISARA-Lyon, Qualisol, INRA-Toulouse UMR-AGIR, INRA-Dijon, INRAE-AgroParisTech, UNIP, Valorex (France)
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      •  Study and build with stakeholders the conditions for a greater integration of legumes in farming systems, and to estimate the effects expected, from the perspective of a sustainable management of territories and resources.


        • LEG-N-GES. Insertion des LEGumineuses dans les rotations de grandes cultures, afin de réduire leurs émissions de Gaz à Effet de Serre en diminuant leur dépendance vis-à-vis des engrais azotés. (Compte d'affectation spécial « Développement agricole et rural » (CASDAR), Ministère de l’agriculture et de l’alimentation).
        •  2013 - 2016

        •  Project coordinator: Dr. Jean-Pierre Cohan (ARVALIS – Institut du végétal, France). Partners: CETIOM, ITAB, ITB, INRA AGRO-IMPACT, INRA/AgroParisTech UMR EGC, INRA-Toulouse UMR AGIR, UNIP (France)
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        •  Insertion des LEGumineuses dans les rotations de grandes cultures, afin de réduire leurs émissions de Gaz à Effet de Serre en diminuant leur dépendance vis-à-vis des engrais azotés.



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