Ecophysiology subprogram operates in the area of environment and global change. Its work is focused on the following lines:
Ecophysiological characterization of natural plant species and varieties, cultivated neo or training against biotic and abiotic environmental stresses.
Optimization of irrigation with non-conventional waters. Agronomic aspects related to the design, production and type of pollutants.
Use the ecophysiology as a basic tool for precision agriculture. Evaluation and improvement of sensors, methods and systems used in horticulture, gardening and landscape restoration.
Optimization vineyards under drought, by means of plant material adaptability, especially rootstocks, to these conditions.
Study of water, carbon and nitrogen flows in interfaces between crops and other habitats, under global change conditions.
Optimization of medicinal plants productivity by means of a Joint Unit IRTA - PLAMECA.
Studies of the effects of global change in the South American tree and shrub communities. Tropical dry forest and mountain habitats. Morphological and functional convergence of vegetation.
Activity is partially economical supported by national and international projects (MICIT, INIA, CDTI, CENIT, AECI, MIA) and contractual agreement with public and private companies and institutions.
The Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF) is a public research institution that was created in 1987 by the Generalitat (Autonomous Government) of Catalonia, the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and the Institute of Catalan Studies (IEC), to promote basic and applied research in terrestrial ecology. The University of Barcelona (UB) subsequently joined in.
CREAF is a consortium created by government decree Nº 300/1987 on 4 August and has full legal authorization to conduct its activities. CREAF headquarters are located on the Bellaterra campus of the UAB (Cerdanyola del Vallès). The geographic scope of CREAF ranges from local to international.