• Soil Quality
• Carbon sequestration and climate change
• Agro -climatology
• Soil Mapping and GIS
• Polluted soils

Dra. Chiquinquirá Hontoria Fernández

Associate Professor in the Soil Science Unit of the Department of Agricultural Production at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Her scientific career has been aimed at evaluating the effect of management on soil functionality and quality from a holistic point of view and in relation to crop performance. The use of cover crops, conservation agriculture, soil-microbiota-plant interaction, recovery of degraded soils and land evaluation are some of the aspects developed in his research career. He has participated in numerous research projects and has collaborated with companies and public bodies.

Foto Grupo CASAM

Rafael Espejo Serrano

Pablo Piñero
 sin dato

Jesús Santano Arias

Kelly del Cisne Ulcuango Ulcuango

Nelly Soledad

Mariela Navas Vasquez

Chiquinquirá Hontoria (Group leader)

Ignacio Mariscal

Marta Benito

Research group profile
The group of Soil Quality and Environmental Applications (CASAM) is composed of 17 members, including researchers at different levels, technical staff and administrative staff which are working on Food and Agro-environmental Sciences. The staff is associated with the Technical School of Agricultural, Food and Biosystems Engineering and Technical School Forestry and Natural Environment Engineering.

In addition, CASAM is integrated into two university clusters: CEI Moncloa-Global Change and New Energy and Agro-Food and Health and the Group on Educational Innovation in Soil Science. CASAM research activities are focuses on different aspects of soil quality in agro-ecosystems, including degradation, conservation, improvement and the role of agricultural soils as a source or sink of greenhouse gas emissions.

Research Projects associated to AGRISOST

  1. SolACE: Solutions for improving Agroecosystem and Crop Efficiency for water and nutrient use (Comisión Europea). EH170220C192
  2. Grupo Operativo MOSOEX. Aumento de materia orgánica, gestión sostenible de sistemas extensivos en España (Programa Nacional
    de Desarrollo Rural 20142020). 20190020007225

Scientific Infrastructures

  • Atomic absorption spectroscopy
  • Ion chromatography
  • Kjeldahl equipment
  • Richards Membrane
  • Radiometer (range 400-2500 nm) and spectral cameras