Research and Innovation

RESEARCH AREAS

The results of the 2017 Research Quality Plan for UPM R&D Centres and Institutes places CIEGRAM in the 5th position taking into account the global assessment of the research carried out by the 19 UPM centres. CEIGRAM is now ranked 4th after taking the dissemination of its research results into consideration, 60% of the scientific articles published from the Centre feature in the highest level of research quality (Q1 and D1 journals).

Market and policy risks

Analysis of the appropriate strategies for dealing with agricultural risk, with a particular focus on risks originating from markets and their economic impact. The analysis includes the design and implementation of support systems for these strategies, in particular agricultural risk insurance.

Biophysical risks and sustainability

Agricultural activity is highly dependent on environmental conditions and the sustainable management of resources. The sustainable intensification of agricultural systems includes optimised management of soil and its nutrients, water, and biotic competition for resources (pests, diseases, weeds). It also consists of better integration of the plant and animal production subsystems. All this must take place in a context of 1) designing an adaptation to the climate variability and climate change and managing associated uncertainties; 2) mitigating greenhouse gases.

Applying new technologies and data science

As machines and a wide variety of sensors have been implemented in rural areas, data on agricultural holdings has increased exponentially in quantity and scope. Agricultural processes are increasingly data-driven and designed for data collection. While initially taking into account the variability in the field, over time, this research area has gone further by introducing various data collection, analysis, and modelling techniques for decision making and actions in agri-environmental systems.

Bioeconomics and circular economy

Effects and implications of the production and use of renewable biological resources and their conversion into food, feed, and bioenergy within a reuse, recycling, and waste reduction scheme.