Agronomic use of compost

Land application of organic wastes and composts is an alternative disposal method both in recycling nutrient essential for plant growth and in increasing soil fertility.

I have focused my activity on the quantification of the effects of organic materials (manure, urban and agricultural wastes, composts, and vermicomposts) in on the soil ecosystem services of supply (production), support (improvement of the quality of the soil and C sequestration) and regulation (GHGs emission and pest control).


  1. Biocompost and cover crops: linking soil health, circular economy and cost effectiveness in ecological Mediterranean orchards. (BIOECOVER). Ecological Transition and Digital Transition Projects. Funded by: Ministry of Ecological Transition. November 2022 – December 2024.
  2. Organic waste to face drought in Mediterranean agricultural systems: effects and fate of exogenous C inputs to soil. (WASTE4DROUGHT). Funded by: Ministry of Science and Innovation. Project challenges. September 2022 – September 2025.
  3. Circular economy and hydrosustainability for agriculture in vulnerable ecosystems of Andean and Mediterranean regions. (LINCGLO0013). Funded by: LINCGLOBAL 2021. June 2021 – December 2023.
  4. Management alternatives to ensure the sustainability of the table olive grove in Andalusia. Regional Program of Challenges oriented to Andalusian society. Funded by: Junta de Andalucía (Andalusian Government). June 2021 – December 2022.
  5. Organic fertilization in rainfed olive agriculture. Role in maintaining a sustained flow of ecosystem services. Funded by: Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. Projects Challenges. (AGL2017-84745-R). January 2018 – April 2021.
  6. Biotechnologies for the reuse of contaminated biosolids. Agricultural, environmental and social benefits. Funded by: “Salvador de Madariaga” Program. Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. February 2016 – July 2016.
  7. Valorization of soil recovery through the recycling of organic waste and the production of biomass for energy purposes. Funded by: Excellence Project of the Junta de Andalucía (Andalusian Government). February 2011 – February 2015.
  8. Investigation in advanced technologies for integral algae valuation – CENIT Vida Project. Funded by: Fertiberia. January 2011 – December 2013.
  9. Design of new technologies for the application of bio-agro-inputs in sustainable agricultural production in Andalusia. Funded by: Fertiberia. January 2011 – December 2013.
  10. Use of fertilizers. Environmental impact. Group Andalusian Research Plan No. AGR 0108. Funded by: Junta de Andalucía (Andalusian Government). January 2000 – December 2009.
  11. Horizontal Standards on Organic Micro-pollutants for Implementation of EU. Funded by: European Union. January 2004 – December 2007.
  12. Design of urban composts based substrates for forestry. Funded by C.I.C.Y.T (Spanish Commission for Science and Technology). January 2002 – December 2006.
  13. Organic substrates in strawberry and orange crops: Agronomic and environmental assessment. Funded by: C.I.C.Y.T. (Spanish Commission for Science and Technology). July 1996 – June 2000.
  14. Improvement of Beet Molasses Vinaza for agricultural use. Funded by: Ebro-Agrícolas S.A. January 1992 – December 1995.


  1. Panettieri, M., Moreno, B., de Sosa, L.L., Benítez, E., Madejón, E. (2022) Soil management and compost amendment are the main drivers of carbon sequestration in rainfed olive trees agroecosystems: An evaluation of chemical and biological markers Catena, 214, 106258. DOI: 10.1016/j.catena.2022.106258
  2. de Sosa, L.L., Panettieri, M., Moreno, B., Benítez, E., Madejón, E. (2022) Compost application in an olive grove influences nitrogen dynamics under Mediterranean conditions. Applied Soil Ecology, 175, 104462. DOI: 10.1016/j.apsoil.2022.104462
  3. de Sosa, L.L.; Moreno, B.; Herrera, R.A.; Panettieri, M.; Madejón, E.; Benítez, E. (2021) Organic Amendments and Sampling Date Influences on Soil Bacterial Community Composition and Their Predictive Functional Profiles in an Olive Grove Ecosystem. Agriculture 11, 1178. DOI: 10.3390/agriculture11111178
  4. de Sosa L.L., Benítez E., Girón I., Madejón E. Agro-industrial and urban compost as an alternative of inorganic fertilizers in traditional rainfed olive grove under Mediterranean conditions Agronomy 11, (6) 2021 1223. DOI: 10.3390/agronomy11061223
  5. Domínguez, M.T., Panettieri, M., Madejón, E., Madejón, P. (2020) Thistle crops in marginal lands after compost addition: Plant biomass and effect on soil physical, chemical and biological properties. Land Degradation and Development, 2020, 31(9), pp. 1167–1175. DOI: 10.1002/ldr.3510
  6. Gutiérrez-Ginés, M.J., Madejón, E., Lehto, N.J., Dickinson, N., Robinson, B.H. (2019) Response of a pioneering species (Leptospermum scoparium J.E.Forst. & G.Forst.) to heterogeneity in a low-fertility soil. Frontiers in Plant Science.10, 93. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2019.00093
  7. Gutiérrez-Ginés, M.J., Robinson, B.H., Esperschuetz, J., Madejón E .Horswell, J., McLenaghen, R. (2017) Potential use of biosolids to reforest degraded areas with New Zealand native vegetation. Journal of Environmental Quality 2017, 46(4), pp. 906–914. DOI: 10.2134/jeq2017.04.0139
  8. Madejón, P., Alaejos, J., García-Álbala, J., Fernández, M., Madejón, E. (2016). Three-year study of fast-growing trees in degraded soils amended with composts: Effects on soil fertility and productivity. Journal of Environmental Management, 169 18-26. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.11.050.
  9. Melero, S., Madejón, E., Ruiz, J.C., Herencia, J.F. (2008). Effect of implementing organic farming on chemical and biochemical properties of an irrigated loam soil. Agronomy Journal. 100 (1) 136-144. DOI: 10.2134/agronj2007.0087.
  10. Melero, S., Madejón, E., Herencia, J.F., Ruiz, J.C. (2007) Biochemical properties on two soils of different texture (loam and clay) after the addition of two different composts during the conversion to organic farming. Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research 5(4).
  11. Melero, S., Madejón, E., Ruiz, J.C., Herencia, J.F. (2007) Chemical and biochemical properties of a clay soil under dryland agriculture system as affected by organic fertilization. European Journal of Agronomy. 26 327-334. DOI: 10.1016/j.eja.2006.11.004.
  12. Melero, S., Porras, J.C.R., Herencia, J.F., Madejón, E. (2006). Chemical and biochemical properties in a silty loam soil under conventional and organic management. Soil and Tillage Research 90(1-2), 162-170. DOI: 10.1016/j.still.2005.08.016.
  13. Burgos, P., Madejón, E., Cabrera, F. (2006). Nitrogen mineralization and nitrate leaching of a sandy soil amended with different organic wastes. Waste Management and Research 24(2), 175-182. DOI: 10.1177/0734242X06062876.
  14. Madejón, E., Burgos, P., López, R., Cabrera, F. (2003). Agricultural use of three organic residues: Effect on orange production and on properties of a soil of the ‘Comarca Costa de Huelva’ (SW Spain). Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 65(3), 281-288. DOI: 10.1023/A:1022608828694.
  15. Madejón, E., Burgos, P., Murillo, J.M., Cabrera, F. (2001). Phytotoxicity of organic amendments on activities of select soil enzymes. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis 32(13-14), 2227-2239. DOI: 10.1081/CSS-120000279.
  16. Madejón, E., Burgos, P., López, R., Cabrera, F. (2001). Soil enzymatic response to addition of heavy metals with organic residues Biology and Fertility of Soils 34(3), 144-150. DOI: 10.1007/s003740100379.
  17. Madejón, E., López, R., Murillo, J.M., Cabrera, F. (2001). Agricultural use of three (sugar-beet) vinasse composts: Effect on crops and chemical properties of a Cambisol soil in the Guadalquivir river valley (SW Spain). Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 84(1), 55-65. DOI: 10.1016/S0167-8809(00)00191-2.
  18. Madejón, E., Diaz, M.J., López, R., Lozano, C., Cabrera, F. (1995). Cotton fertilization with composts of (sugarbeet) vinasse and agricultural residues. Fertilizer research 43(1), 179-182. DOI: 10.1007/BF00747699.
  19. Madejón, E., Diaz, M.J., López, R., Murillo, J.M., Cabrera, F. (1995) Corn fertilization with three (sugarbeet) vinasse composts. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin 4(4), 232-237.

PhD supervisions

Title: Chemical, biological and biochemical properties of soils under two types of agricultural practices: ecological against conventional

Student: Sebastiana Melero Sánchez

University of Seville faculty/school: Biology

Year: 2005

Rating: “cum laude


Title: Organic residues in fresh and orange crops: agronomic and environmental assessment

Student: Pilar Burgos Domenech

University of Seville faculty/school: Chemistry

Year: 2001

Rating: “cum laude”