Experimental Field

FIELD DESCRIPTION

Experimental field La Matanza is located in the borough of Santomera (18km away from Murcia), having a total extent of 32 ha. Nowadays it is consisted of 2 joined fields, Tres Caminos and El Coto, those being purchased previously by the CSIC.

 

 

INFRASTRUCTURE

- 8 metal structure and polyethylene thermal plastic film green-houses, with polycarbonate laterals and self-winding zenithal ventilation, four of them being equipped with cooling system for refrigeration, environmental conditions smart control (humidity, temperature, light), recirculation of nutrient solutions and sensorization of physiological states of the plants(4830 m2).
- 1 composting plant for organic waste treatment (80 m2).
- 2 automatic plots for measuring erosion and superficial water features.
- Weather station with sensors for temperature, radiation, relative air humidity, wind and dish evaporation (A type).
- 5 Laboratories (480 m2).
- 1 Dining room (40 m2).
- 2 Transformers (30 m2).
- Offices (240 m2).
- Huts containing engines irrigation heads ( 115 m2).
- 2 Reservoirs (25.000 + 22.000 m3).
- Transformation center, transformer and generator.
- Ground keeper housing (200 m2).
- Goat house (150 m2).

COMMERCIAL EXPLOITATION PLOTS

- Lemon tree (Fino type) (4 ha).
- Lemon tree (Verna type) (6.5 ha).
- Orange and grapefruit (1 ha).

 

COLLECTION PLOTS

- Different types of apricot tree (1,5 ha).
- Hybrid apricot tree from improvement programs developed by CEBAS researchers (0,5 ha).
- Different types and hybrids almond tree (new Mediterranean selections) from improvement programs developed by CEBAS researchers (2.75 ha).
- Different types of citric trees: bitter orange, mandarin tree, clementine tree, lemon tree, grapefruit tree, lime tree and others implanted on macrophylla rootstocks, such as mandarin Cleopatra tree and Carrizo (2.75 ha).

 

DEVELOPING RESEARCH PROJECTS

Under the current research projects (annexe 1), the main working lines which are carried out in these grounds are related to:
- No soil and hydroponic crop (physiological studies in green-house)
- Soil deterioration and desertification
- Composting studies and re-use of wastes and muds from a treatment system as organic fertilizers.
- Resistance to abiotic stress: draught, flood, etc.
- Cultivated plants response to different irrigation conditions.
- Salinity tolerance
- Commercial quality of the fruit.
- Vegetable improvement.
- Genetic improvement: Resistance to pests and viruses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXPERIMENTAL FIELD STAFF
Moreno Riquelme, Fernando Tec. Mantenimiento
968/861152
Navarro Godinez, Ramón Luis Tec. Mantenimiento
968/861152
rngodinez@cebas.csic.es
Córdoba Villaescusa, Pedro Aux. Mantenimiento
968/861152
Molina Gómez, Antonio Aux. Mantenimiento
968/861152

 

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