Sustainable development and management of agroecosystems
- Marcella Guarino (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In agroecosystems human activities are strongly and mutually related to natural resources, representing a sort of permeable boundary between nature and man.
Particularly critical to the sustainability of the agricultural sector, appear the management of soils and water resources, , and re-use of residues for the conservation of mass and energy.
In intensive agroecosystems livestock affect the global climate (greenhouse gas emissions such as CO2, CH4, and NOx), water and soil resources, and global biogeochemistry (C and N cycles).
Based on these considerations, it is essential to prepare practitioners able to develop the sustainability of the intensive agroecosystems. This research area will focus on the following fields (not exhaustive):
- biodiversity and agricultural activities
- environmental impact mitigation of animal production
- soil genesis in extreme climates, soil as carbon sink , soil remediation
- animal behavioral studies using classical and advanced technologies tools; local breeds recovery (e.g. poultry)
- mathematical models applied to agroecosystems
ERC panel descriptorsPE1_18 Application of mathematics in sciences
LS9_3 Agriculture related to animal husbandry, dairying, livestock raising
LS8_4 Biodiversity, comparative biology
LS8_7 Animal behaviour (behavioural ecology, animal communication)