1. Soil degradation control
  2. Cover crops in woody crops (olive groves, vineyards)
  3. Conservation Agriculture and its effect on the balance of water, carbon and nitrogen in soils
  4. Physical, chemical and biological soil indicators.
  5. Agronomic and physiological study of indicators of drought resistance in crops and wild species
  6. Biology, ecology and population dynamics of weeds.
  7. Sustainable weed control. Improvement of conventional methods.
  8. Nematodes as indicators of the diversity and functionality of soil
  9. Assessment and multiplication of Plant Genetic Resources.
  10. Regeneration and multiplication of cultivated and wild species, of cereals and legumes base and active collections

Dr. José Luis Gabriel Pérez

Senior Scientist at the National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA). PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the School of Agricultural Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Madrid. His line of work has focused on sustainable production systems and more specifically on the efficient use of water and nitrogen and the introduction of plant covers for the optimisation of production and the reduction of pollution, all based on field trials (including the use of soil and plantsensors, both proximal and remote), as well as the use of simulation models for the analysis of different scenarios. He has been awarded by Fertiberia and the Polytechnic University of Madrid for his doctoral thesis, as well as by the Spanish Society of Horticultural Sciences (SECH) and INIA for his research career.

Foto Grupo COSVE

José Luis Tenorio Pasamón

Carlos Cadórniga Valiño

Eusebio-Francisco de Andrés Parlorio

María Teresa Nieto-Taladriz García

María Concepción García Gómez

María Magdalena Ruíz Valcarcel

Sara Sánchez Moreno

María Inés Santín Montanyá

José Luis Gabriel Perez (Group leader)

Joaquín Medina Alcazar

Jose Antonio Rodriguez Martin

María Dolores Fernández Rodríguez 

María del Mar Delgado Arroyo

Benjamín Sánchez Gimeno

Raul Allende Montalván

Research group profile
The research group of Soil Conservation and Management – Crop Production (COSVE) is a multidisciplinary group fully consolidated in the field of conservation agriculture. Its members are researchers of different INIA departments such as the Department of Environment, Plant Protection, Plant Genetic Resources Center and the Technical Direction of Plant Variety Evaluation and Plant Protection Products). COSVE has broad collaborations with national and international research groups.

At national levels COSVE collaborates with research group within the AGRISOST consortium and other national institutions such as the Fat Research Institute (CSIC), Agricultural and Technological Institute of Castilla y León, Madrid Institute for Research and Rural Development in Food and Agriculture, Research Institute “Finca La Orden de Extremadura”, Research Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Training in Andalusia, the Navarro Institute of Technology and Infrastructure Agrofood, the Technical University of Madrid, Complutense University and Autonomous University of Madrid, University of Alcala de Henares and Lleida.

At international level COSVE collaborates with FAL (Bundesforschungsanstalt fuer Landwirtschaft), Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Bologna (Italy) Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agroambientali, University of California and the Center for Renewable Energy Sources (CRES) in Athens.


  1. Rotaciones en regadío para un uso eficiente de agua y nitrógeno. AGL201783283C22R
  2. EJP Soil Programa Conjunto Europeo sobre gestión del suelo agrícola EJP Soil (EU (Horizonte 2020). 862695
  3. Efecto del cambio climático sobre la producción y calidad de trigo blando en diferentes zonas semiáridas de la península ibérica (INIA). AT2017003
  4. El carbono orgánico y la biodiversidad del suelo como herramientas mitigadoras del efecto del cambio climático sobre los cultivos. PID2019-105373RB-I00
  5. Evaluación como fertilizantes de derivados de residuos sólidos urbanos. URBASER


  • Atomic emission spectrometry ICP Plasma
  • Neutron Probe
  • Auto-parser inorganic nitrogen
  • Complete laboratory soil analysis.
  • Greenhouses, culture chamber with controlled environment.