EWRS Working Group:

Soil Seed Bank, Germination and Early Growth

WG Leader

Aritz Royo Esnal

University of Lleida

Hortofruticuolture, Botany and Gardening, LLEIDA, Spain

Aritz Royo Esnal

Where do you work?

I work at the Weed Science and Plant Ecology research group of the University of Lleida.

What is your main task?

I basically have three main tasks: Education, giving lectures of Botany in Agronomical and Forest Engineering, and Weed Science for Agronomic Engineering; Research on different aspects of weed science; and Transference, transferring the knowledge acquired in our research to different companies.

What is your main interest in weed research?

Within weed science, I have worked in several aspects like weed biology, weed biodiversity, weed seed predation, chemical control and integrated weed management on different tillage systems. More specifically, I am very interested on weed seed germination and on the modelling of the emergence of seedlings, and how these can vary between different populations and climatic conditions.
More recently, I am working on oilseed crops (camelina) for their inclusion in crop rotation with winter cereals, and on the use of mulches and cover crops for weed management in Mediterranean vineyards.

Which activities do you plan to promote to reach the objectives of the Working Group?

I would like to continue with the periodical meetings, at least one every two years, with intermediate online meetings, in order to advance in the organization, analysis and discussion of common experiments. Because of common interests with other Working Groups, I would like to promote the cooperation with these (i.e. Weed Vegetation and Biodiversity, Invasive Alien Plants). Finally, it is my wish to apply for a collaborative project with the participation of the members of the WG so that we can obtain funding and advance in our common research.

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