Conservation agriculture against climate change

I believe that due to the climate change perspectives, it is urgent to promote agricultural practices that help to confer a greater stability of agricultural systems.

We are studying the influence of organic matter on the resistance of soils to droughts mediated by its effects on soil organisms.


  1. Vulnerability of agricultural systems to drought under different types of tillage: effects on the soil microbial community. Funded by: FEDER Operational Program of the Junta de Andalucía. January 2020 – December 2022.
  2. Conservation agriculture for increasing carbon sequestration and improving soil quality and crop development in semi-arid conditions. Funded by: C.I.C.Y.T. (Spanish Commission for Science and Technology). January 2010 – December 2012.
  3. Conservation Tillage: short and long-term effects on soil quality and crop development. Funded by: C.I.C.Y.T. (Spanish Commission for Science and Technology). January 2007 – December 2009.


  1. Panettieri, M., Jiménez-González, M.A., De Sosa, L.L., Almendros, G., Madejón, E. (2021) Chemical diversity and molecular signature of soil humic fractions used as proxies of soil quality under contrasted tillage management. Spanish Journal of Soil Science, 2021, 11(1), pp. 39–54. DOI: 10.3232/SJSS.2021.V11.N1.04.
  2. Panettieri, M., de Sosa, L.L., Domínguez, M.T., Madejón, E. (2020) Long-term impacts of conservation tillage on Mediterranean agricultural soils: shifts in microbial communities despite limited effects on chemical properties Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 2020, 304, 107144. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2020.107144
  3. Carmona, I., Griffith, D.M., Soriano, M.A., Murillo, J.M., Madejón, E., Gomez-Macpherson, H. (2015). What do farmers mean when they say they practice conservation agriculture? A comprehensive case study from southern Spain. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 213, 164-177. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2015.07.028
  4. Panettieri, M., Knicker, H., Berns, A.E., Knicker, H., Murillo, J.M., Madejón, E. (2015). Evaluation of seasonal variability of soil biogeochemical properties in aggregate-size fractioned soil under different tillages. Soil and Tillage Research, 151, 39-49. DOI: 10.1016/j.still.2015.02.008.
  5. López-Garrido, R., Madejón, E., Moreno, F., Murillo, J.M. (2014). Conservation tillage influence on carbon dynamics under Mediterranean conditions. Pedosphere, 24, 65-75. DOI: 10.1016/S1002-0160(13)60081-8.
  6. López-Garrido, R., Madejón, E., León-Camacho, M., Girón, I., Moreno, F., Murillo, J.M. (2014). Reduced tillage as an alternative to no-tillage under Mediterranean conditions: A case study. Soil and Tillage Research, 140, 40-47. DOI: 10.1016/j.still.2014.02.008.
  7. Panettieri, M., Knicker, H., Murillo, J.M., Madejón E., Hatcher, P.G. (2014). Soil organic matter degradation in an agricultural chronosequence under different tillage regimes evaluated by organic matter pools, enzymatic activities and CPMAS 13C NMR. Soil Biology &Biochemistry, 78, 170-181. DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2014.07.021.
  8. Álvaro-Fuentes, J., Morell, F.J., Madejón, E., Lampurlanés, J., Arrúe, J.L., Cantero-Martínez, C. (2013). Soil biochemical properties in a semiarid Mediterranean agroecosystem as affected by long-term tillage and N fertilization. Soil and Tillage Research, 129, 69-74. DOI: 10.1016/j.still.2013.01.005.
  9. Panettieri, M., Carmona, I., Melero, S., Madejón, E., Gómez-Macpherson, H. (2013). Effect of permanent bed planting combined with controlled traffic on soil chemical and biochemical properties in irrigated semi-arid Mediterranean conditions. Catena, 107, 103-109. DOI: 10.1016/j.catena.2013.02.008.
  10. Panettieri, M., Knicker, H., Berns, A.E., Murillo, J.M., Madejón, E. (2013). Moldboard plowing effects on soil aggregation and soil organic matter quality assessed by 13C CPMAS NMR and biochemical analyses. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 177, 48-57. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2013.05.025.
  11. Panettieri, M., Lazaro, L., López-Garrido, R., Murillo, J.M., Madejón, E. (2013). Glyphosate effect on soil biochemical properties under conservation tillage. Soil and Tillage Research, 133, 16-24. DOI: 10.1016/j.still.2013.05.007.
  12. López-Garrido, R., Deurer, M., Madejón, E., Murillo, J.M., Moreno, F. (2012). Tillage influence on biophysical soil properties: the example of a long-term tillage experiment under Mediterranean rainfed conditions in South Spain. Soil and Tillage Research, 118, 52-60. DOI: 10.1016/j.still.2011.10.013.
  13. López-Garrido, R., Madejón, E., Murillo, J.M., Moreno, F. (2011). Mouldboard ploughing application in a commercial farm devoted to no-tillage under rainfed, Mediterranean conditions: direct and residual effects on soil and crops. Agriculture, Ecosystem and Environment, 140, 182-190. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2010.12.001.
  14. López-Garrido, R., Madejón, E., Murillo, J.M., Moreno, F. (2011). Short and long-term distribution with depth of soil organic C and nutrients under traditional and conservation tillage in a Mediterranean environment (south-west Spain). Soil Use and Management, 27, 177-185. DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-2743.2011.00329.x.
  15. Melero, S., Panettieri, M., Madejón, E., Gomez-Macpherson, E., Moreno, F., Murillo, J.M. (2011). Implementation of Chiseling and Moldboard plowing in dryland under medium-term managed by direct drilling (SW, Spain). Soil and Tillage Research, 112, 107-113. DOI: 10.1016/j.still.2010.12.001.
  16. López-Garrido, R., Díaz-Espejo, A., Madejón, E., Murillo, J.M., Moreno, F. (2009). Carbon losses by tillage under semi-arid Mediterranean rainfed agriculture (SW Spain) Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research 7(3), 706-716.
  17. Melero, S., López-Garrido, R., Madejón, E., Murillo, J.M., Vanderlinden, K., Ordoñez, R., Moreno, F. (2009). Long-term effects of conservation tillage on organic fractions in two soils in southwest of Spain. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 133 68–74. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2009.05.004.
  18. Melero, S., Vanderlinden, K., Ruiz, J.C., Madejón, E. (2008). Long-term effect on soil biochemical status of a Vertisol under conservation tillage system in semi-arid Mediterranean conditions European Journal of Soil Biology. 44 (4), 437-442. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejsobi.2008.06.003.
  19. Melero, S., Vanderlinden, K., Ruiz, J.C., Madejón, E. (2008). Soil biochemical response after 23 years of direct drilling under a dryland agriculture system in southwest Spain. Journal of Agricultural Science, 146, 1–7. DOI: 10.1017/S0021859608008204.
  20. Madejón, E., Moreno, F., Murillo, J.M., Pellegrin, F. (2007). Soil Biochemical Response to Long-term Conservation Tillage under Semi-Arid Mediterranean Conditions. Soil and Tillage Research. 94 (2) 346-352. DOI: 10.1016/j.still.2006.08.010
  21. Murillo, J.M., Moreno, F., Madejón, E., Girón, I.F., Pelegrín, F. (2006). Improving soil surface properties: A driving force for conservation tillage under semi-arid conditions. Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research 4(1), 97-104.

PhD supervisions

Title: Carbon sequestration and soil quality improvement under conservation tillage in semi-arid conditions

Student: Marco Panettieri

University of Seville faculty/school: Chemistry

Year: 2013

Rating: “cum laude” European doctoral degree


Title: Conservation tillage: short and long-term effects on soil quality and crop development

Student: Rosa López Garrido

University of Seville faculty/school: Biology

Year: 2010

Rating: “cum laude