Project of the DSIE research group of the UPCT

Start of the IRRIFRUT project

Good news! We are starting a new and exciting journey with the IRRIFRUT project which is funded by the State Research Agency (AEI) with the code PID2019-106226RB-C2/AEI/10.13039/501100011033, and it is the natural continuation of the former ARIFRUT project.
The IRRIFRUT project (Automation of precise irrigation of fruit trees based on soil and plant water sensors)  will be developed over the next three years in coordination with CEBAS. In our part, we will carry out the design and evaluation of sensors and methodologies to obtain indicators of crop water stress and the automatic management of deficit irrigation.

Participation in 2019 ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting

Our PhD student, Juan Domingo González, attended the annual conference organized by the American Societies of Soils, Agronomy and Crops on November 10, where he presented the conclusions obtained in the study of factors affecting the calibration of dielectric soil moisture sensors.

Research stay at Centre for Ecology & Hydrology of Bangor, Wales.

Two of our researchers last summer took a research stay at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in Bangor, North Wales, UK, where they studied the dielectric properties of soils with researchers David A. Robinson and Inma Lebron.

XXXVII Congreso Nacional de Riegos

From the 4th to 6th of June was held in Don Benito (Badajoz) the XXXVII Congreso Nacional de Riegos.

Three presentations were made by Pedro Blaya Ros and Víctor Blanco Montoya.

Installing thermoradiometers

Installing thermoradiometers for the crop season.

SEIA’2018 Conference

From the 19th to 21st of September was held in Ámsterdam the Fourth International Conference on Sensors and Electronic Instrumentation Advances (SEIA’ 2018). Our PhD student, Juan Domingo González, presented the contribution “Design and simulation of a soil sensor using microstrip lines and neural networks”  in the Environment Sensors session.

Harvest 2017/2018



ARIFRUT Capacitive sensor installed


First ARIFRUT Capacitive SDI-12 sensor prototype

We have designed and assembled our first capacitive sensor with SDI-12 protocol. The sensor allows to select different soil profiles throughout SDI-12 commands.

Installing nodes

Today we have installed tree dendrometers.

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