Daniel Plaza

"Ramón y Cajal" researcher

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Position: "Ramón y Cajal" researcher

Area of expertise: Agronomy

Address: ETSEA, Building B, office 1.23.1

Phone: +34 973 702856

E-mail: daniel.plaza@udl.cat

Personal website: www.danielplazabonilla.eu

University degrees

· Enginyer Tècnic Agrícola esp. Explotacions Agropecuàries (UdL), 2006

· Enginyer agrònom (UdL), 2009

· Master de Recerca en Sistemes de Producció Agroalimentaria (UdL), 2011

· Doctorat en Agronomia (UdL), 2013

Previous activities

· From 2020, Ramón y Cajal researcher, Universitat de Lleida

· 2018-2020, Juan de la Cierva researcher, Universitat de Lleida

· 2016-2018, Juan de la Cierva researcher, Estación Experimental de Aula Dei, CSIC (Zaragoza)

· 2014-2016, Postdoctoral researcher, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA, Toulouse)

· 2009-2013, PhD student, Universitat de Lleida


His research focuses on the design and assessment of innovative climate-smart cropping system alternatives based on lower environmental impact, and adequate productivity, for a sustainable use of natural resources. The approach is systemic based on empirical techniques and soil-crop modelling



Double Bachelor's degree: Degree in Veterinary Medicine and Degree in Animal Science and Production




Master Degree Mediterranean Forestry and Natural Resources Management (MEDfOR)

R+D+i projects

Organic intercropping: a resilient strategy for future climate? ASSOCIECO. Project PI: Daniel Plaza-Bonilla. Funding Body: Recerca Aplicada en matèria de producción agroalimentària ecològica. Departament d'Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca i Alimentació de la Generalitat de Catalunya. Duration: 01/02/2021 – 31/10/2022. 

LegSapiens. Generando Oportunidades: sistemas de cultivo innovadores basados en las leguminosas grano. Project coordinator: UPA. UdL PI: Daniel Plaza-Bonilla. Funding body: Programa nacional de desarrollo rural 2014-2020 por el Fondo Europeo Agrícola de Desarrollo Rural-FEADER y el Ministerio de Agricultura, Pesca y Alimentación. Partners: UPA, UdL, IMIDRA, ITAGRA, OCT, ASG S.A., Explotaciones Agropecuarias San Miguel S.L. Duration: 15/03/2021-15/03/2023. 

Effect of commercial chicken manure and mycorrhizae inoculant on the establishment, growth and partial development of Rooibos plants (Aspalathus linearis) – An outdoor pot trial. Project PI: Anélia Marais (Stellenbosch University, South Africa). Funding body: Research and Technology Development. Western Cape Government – Agriculture. Duration: 30/11/2020-31/03/2023. 

Organic soybean production in Catalonia is feasible: technological innovations to attain it. PROSOY. Project PI: Daniel Plaza-Bonilla. Funding Body: Recerca Aplicada en matèria de producción agroalimentària ecològica. Departament d'Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca i Alimentació de la Generalitat de Catalunya. Duration: 10/07/2020 – 01/11/2021. 

Boost ecosystem services through high Biodiversity-based Mediterranean Farming sYstems. Biodiversify. Project coordinator: Eric Justes. Spanish partner PI: Jorge Lampurlanés Castel. Funding Body: Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA). Section 2 Multi-topic 2020 Call. Acciones de Programación Conjunta Internacional. Duration: 01/10/2020-30/09/2023. 

Increasing the productivity and sustainability of the European production plant protein by closing the grain legumes yield gap. Legume Gap. Project coordinator: Fred Stoddard. Spanish partner PI: Daniel Plaza-Bonilla. Funding Body: FACCI-JPI SUSCROP. Acciones de Programación Conjunta Internacional. Duration: 04/01/2019-03/31/2022.

Recent Publications

Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Lampurlanés, J.; Fernández, F.G.; Cantero-Martínez, C. 2021. Nitrogen fertilization strategies for improved Mediterranean rainfed wheat and barley performance and water and nitrogen use efficiency. European Journal of Agronomy 124, 126238.  

Pareja-Sánchez, E.; Cantero-Martínez, C.; Álvaro-Fuentes, J.; Plaza-Bonilla, D. 2020. Soil organic carbon sequestration when converting a rainfed cropping system to irrigated corn under different tillage systems and N fertilizer rates. Soil Science Society of America Journal 84, 1219-1232. DOI: 10.1002/saj2.20116. 

Franco-Luesma, S.; Cavero, J.; Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Cantero Martínez, C.; Arrúe, J.L.; Álvaro-Fuentes, J. 2020. Tillage and irrigation system effects on soil carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) emissions in a maize monoculture under Mediterranean conditions. Soil and Tillage Research 196, 104488. DOI: 10.1016/j.still.2019.104488. 

Pareja-Sánchez, E.; Cantero-Martínez, C.; Álvaro-Fuentes, J.; Plaza-Bonilla, D. 2020. Impact of tillage and N fertilization rate on soil N2O emissions in irrigated maize in a Mediterranean agroecosystem. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 287, 106687. 

Franco-Luesma, S.; Cavero, J.; Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Cantero Martínez, C.; Tortosa, G.; Bedmar, E.J.; Álvaro-Fuentes, J. 2019. Irrigation system and tillage effects on soil nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions in a maize (Zea mays L.) monoculture under Mediterranean conditions. Agronomy Journal. DOI: 10.2134/agronj2019.04.0315. 

Pareja-Sánchez, E.; Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Álvaro-Fuentes, J.; Cantero-Martínez, C. 2019. Is it feasible to reduce tillage and N use while improving maize yield in irrigated Mediterranean agroecosystems? European Journal of Agronomy 109, 125919. DOI: 10.1016/j.eja.2019.125919. 

Ramos, M.C.; Pareja-Sánchez, E.; Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Cantero-Martínez, C.; Lampurlanés, J. 2019. Soil sealing and soil water content under no-tillage and conventional tillage in irrigated corn:  effects on grain yield. Hydrological Processes 33, 2095-2109. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.13457. 

Franco-Luesma, S.; Álvaro-Fuentes, J.; Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Arrúe, J.L.; Cantero Martínez, C.; Cavero, J. 2019. Influence of irrigation time and frequency on greenhouse gas emissions in a solid-set sprinkler-irrigated maize under Mediterranean conditions. Agricultural Water Management 221, 303-311. DOI: 10.1016/j.agwat.2019.03.042. 

Pareja-Sánchez, E.; Cantero-Martínez, C.; Álvaro-Fuentes, J.; Plaza-Bonilla, D. 2019. Tillage and nitrogen fertilization in irrigated maize: key practices to reduce soil CO2 and CH4 emissions. Soil and Tillage Research 191, 29-36. DOI: 10.1016/j.still.2019.03.007. 

Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Nogué-Serra, I.; Raffaillac, D.; Cantero-Martínez, C.; Justes, E. 2018. Carbon footprint of cropping systems with grain legumes and cover crops: A case-study in SW France. Agricultural Systems 167, 92-102. DOI: 10.1016/j.agsy.2018.09.004.

Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Álvaro-Fuentes, J.; Bareche, J.; Pareja-Sánchez, E.; Justes, E.; Cantero-Martínez, C. 2018. No-tillage reduces long-term yield-scaled soil nitrous oxide emissions in rainfed Mediterranean agroecosystems: a field and modeling approach. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 262, 36-47. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2018.04.007

Álvaro-Fuentes, J.; Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Arrúe, J.L.; Cantero-Martínez, C. 2018. Pig slurry incorporation with tillage does not reduce short-term soil CO2 fluxes. Soil and Tillage Research 179, 82-85. DOI: 10.1016/j.still.2018.02.002.

Pareja-Sánchez, E.; Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Ramos, M.C.; Lampurlanés, J.; Álvaro-Fuentes, J.; Cantero-Martínez, C. 2017. Long-term no-till as a means to maintain soil surface structure in an agroecosystem transformed into irrigation. Soil and Tillage Research 174, 221-230. DOI: 10.1016/j.still.2017.07.012.

Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Álvaro-Fuentes, J.; Bareche, J.; Masgoret, J.; Cantero-Martínez, C.; 2017. Delayed sowing improved barley yield in a no-till rainfed Mediterranean agroecosystem. Agronomy Journal 109, 1249-1260. DOI: 10.2134/agronj2016.09.0537.

Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Cantero-Martínez, C.; Arrúe, J.L.; Lampurlanés, J.; Álvaro-Fuentes, J. 2017. Do no-till and pig slurry application improve barley yield and water and nitrogen use efficiencies in rainfed Mediterranean conditions? Field Crops Research 203, 74-85. DOI: 10.1016/j.fcr.2016.12.008.

Sanz-Cobeña, A.; Lassaletta, L.; Aguilera, E.; del Prado, A.; Garnier, J.; Billen, G.; Iglesias, A.; Sánchez, B.; Guardia, G.; Abalos, D.; Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Puigdueta, I.; Moral, R.; Galán, E.; Arriaga, H.; Merino, P.; Infante-Amate, J.; Meijide, A.; Pardo, G.; Alvaro-Fuentes, J.; Gilsanz C.; Báez, D.; Doltra, J.; González-Ubierna, S.; Cayuela, M.L.; Menendez, S.; Diaz-Pines, E.; Le-Noe, J.C.; Quemada, M.; Estellés, F.; Calvet, S.; van Grinsven, H.; Westhoek, H.; Sanz, M.J.; Sánchez-Jimeno, B.; Vallejo, A.; Smith, P. 2017. Strategies for greenhouse gas emissions mitigation in Mediterranean agriculture: A review. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 238, 5-24. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2016.09.038

Álvaro-Fuentes, J., Arrúe, J.L, Bielsa, A., Cantero-Martínez, C., Plaza-Bonilla, D., Paustian, K. 2017. Simulating climate change and land use effects on soil nitrous oxide emissions in Mediterranean conditions using the Daycent model. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 238, 78-88. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2016.07.017.

Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Léonard, J.; Peyrard, C.; Mary, B.; Justes, E. 2017. Precipitation gradient and crop management affect N2O emissions: simulation of mitigation strategies in rainfed Mediterranean conditions. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 238, 89-103. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2016.06.003.

Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Nolot, J.M.; Raffaillac, D.; Justes, E. 2017. Innovative cropping systems to reduce N inputs and maintain wheat yields by inserting grain legumes and cover crops in southwest France. European Journal of Agronomy 82, 331-341. DOI: 10.1016/j.eja.2016.05.010.

Cantero-Martínez, C.; Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Angás, P.; Álvaro-Fuentes, J. 2016. Best management practices of tillage and nitrogen fertilization in Mediterranean rainfed conditions: combining field and modelling approaches. European Journal of Agronomy 79, 119-130. DOI: 10.1016/j.eja.2016.06.010.

Álvaro-Fuentes, J.; Arrúe, J.L.; Cantero-Martínez, C.; Isla, D. Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Quílez, D. 2016. Fertilization scenarios in sprinkler irrigated corn under Mediterranean conditions: effects on greenhouse gas emissions. Soil Science Society of America Journal 80, 662-671. DOI:10.2136/sssaj2015.04.0156.

Lampurlanés, J.; Plaza-Bonilla, D., Álvaro-Fuentes, J.; Cantero-Martínez, C. 2016. Long-term analysis of soil water conservation under different tillage systems in mediterranean rainfed conditions. Field Crops Research 189, 59-67. DOI: 10.1016/j.fcr.2016.02.010.

Plaza-Bonilla, D; Nolot, J.M.; Passot, S.; Raffaillac, D.; Justes, E. 2016. Grain legume-based rotations managed under conventional tillage need cover crops to mitigate soil organic matter losses. Soil and Tillage Research 156, 33-43. DOI: 10.1016/j.still.2015.09.021.

Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Arrúe, J.L.; Cantero-Martínez, C.; Fanlo, R.; Iglesias, A.; Álvaro-Fuentes, J. 2015. Carbon management in dryland agricultural systems. A review. Agronomy for Sustainable Development 35, 1319-1334. DOI: 10.1007/s13593-015-0326-x

Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Nolot, J.M.; Rafaillac, D.; Justes, E. 2015. Cover crops mitigate nitrate leaching in cropping systems including grain legumes: Field evidence and model simulations. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 212, 1-12. DOI:10.1016/j.agee.2015.06.014.

Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Cantero-Martínez, C.; Bareche, J.; Arrúe, J.L.; Álvaro-Fuentes, J. 2014. Soil carbon dioxide and methane fluxes as affected by tillage and N fertilization in dryland conditions. Plant and Soil 381, 111-130. DOI: 10.1007/s11104-014-2115-8.

Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Álvaro-Fuentes, J; Arrúe, J.L.; Cantero-Martínez, C. 2014. Tillage and nitrogen fertilization effects on nitrous oxide yield-scaled emissions in a rainfed Mediterranean area. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 189, 43-52. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2014.03.023

Álvaro-Fuentes, J.; Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Arrúe, J. L.; Cantero-Martínez, C. 2014. Soil organic carbon storage in a no-tillage chronosequence under Mediterranean conditions. Plant and Soil 376, 31-41. DOI: 10.1007/s11104-012-1167-x

Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Álvaro-Fuentes, J; Cantero-Martínez, C. 2014. Identifying soil organic carbon fractions sensitive to agricultural management practices. Soil and Tillage Research 139, 19-22. DOI: 10.1016/j.still.2014.01.006

Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Álvaro-Fuentes, J.; Hansen, N.C., Lampurlanés, J., Cantero-Martínez, C. 2014. Winter cereal root growth and aboveground-belowground ratios as affected by site and tillage system in dryland Mediterranean conditions. Plant and Soil. 374, 925-939. DOI: 10.1007/s11104-013-1926-3.

Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Cantero-Martínez, C., Álvaro-Fuentes, J. 2014. Soil management effects on soil greenhouse gases production at the macroaggregate scale. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 68, 471-481. DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2013.10.026

Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Álvaro-Fuentes, J.; Cantero-Martínez, C. 2013. Soil aggregate stability as affected by fertilization type under semiarid no-tillage conditions. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 77:284-292. DOI: 10.2136/sssaj2012.0258

Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Cantero-Martínez, C.; Viñas, P.; Álvaro-Fuentes, J. 2013. Soil aggregation and organic carbon protection in a no-tillage chronosequence under Mediterranean conditions. Geoderma. 193-194: 76-82. DOI:10.1016/j.geoderma. 2012.10.022.

Álvaro-Fuentes, J.; Morell, F.; Plaza-Bonilla, D.; Arrúe, J. L.; Cantero-Martínez, C. 2012. Modelling tillage and nitrogen fertilization effects on soil organic carbon dynamics. Soil and Tillage Research. 120:32-39. DOI: 10.1016/j.still.2012.01.009

Morell, F. J.; Cantero-Martínez, C.; Lampurlanés, J.; Plaza-Bonilla, D., Álvaro-Fuentes, J. 2011. Soil carbon dioxide flux and organic carbon content: effects of tillage and nitrogen fertilization. Soil Science Society American Journal. 75: 1874- 1884. DOI: 10.2136/sssaj2011.0030

Plaza-Bonilla, D; Cantero-Martínez, C.; Álvaro-Fuentes, J. 2010. Tillage effects on soil aggregation and soil organic carbon profile distribution under Mediterranean semiarid conditions. Soil Use and Management. 26: 465-474. DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-2743.2010.00298.x

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