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Gustavo A. Slafer

Gustavo A. Slafer

Universitat de Lleida

Life & Medical Sciences

Gustavo A. Slafer (PhD, University of Melbourne) is ICREA Research Professor at the University of Lleida (Catalonia, Spain). He is also (i) Honorary Professor of the Universities of Nottingham (UK) and BuenosAires (Argentina); (ii) Editor (with different titles, always in charge of the review process, making the final decision on acceptance/rejection) of Euphytica (Netherlands), Food Energy Security (UK), Spanish Journal Agricultural Research (Spain) and Scientific Reports (UK); (iii) Editorial Board member of other JCR-journals; and (iv) member of Scientific Advisory Council of GADEA Foundation (Spain). Until Dec. 2021 he has co-edited 7 scientific books, by publishers in USA and UK, and published more than 40 chapters in international books and more than 190 papers in JCR-journals. His h-index at Dec. 2021 was 61 using WoS-CoreCollection (h-index=63 in scopus and 84 in google scholar). He has been invited several times to deliver talks in international events.

Research interests

My research is focused on Crop Physiology: a relatively novel branch of science linking more fundamental physiological knowledge with realistic crop-breeding and crop-management developments through a genuine translational research approach. In this context, I study the mechanisms underlying the responses of field crops to environmental and genetic factors at the crop level of organisation. The environmental factors include management practices (e.g. irrigation or fertilization) and less manageable environmental factors (e.g. radiation, photoperiod and temperature). Genetic factors include from diverse genotypes through specific populations to particular genes (NILs). I study in this context the physiology of yield; carbon and nitrogen relationships and crop developmental processes with the aim of identifying alternatives to traditional farming and breeding practises to enhance the efficiency of resource use.

Selected publications

– Ochagavia, Helga; Prieto, Paula; Savin, Roxana; Slafer, Gustavo A. 2021, ‘Developmental patterns and rates of organogenesis across modern and well-adapted wheat cultivars’, European Journal Of Agronomy, 126, 126280.

– Basavaraddi, Priyanka A.; Savin, Roxana; Wingen, Luzie U.; Bencivenga, Stefano; Przewieslik-Allen, Alexandra M.; Griffiths, Simon; Slafer, Gustavo A. 2021, ‘Interactions between two QTLs for time to anthesis on spike development and fertility in wheat’, Scientific Reports, 11, 1, 2451.

– Basavaraddi, Priyanka A.; Savin, Roxana; Sukumaran, Sivakumar; Reynolds, Matthew P.; Griffiths, Simon; Slafer, Gustavo A. 2021, ‘Genotypic differences in wheat yield determinants within a NAM population based on elite parents’, European Journal Of Agronomy, 123, 126223.

– Kim, Jinwook; Slafer, Gustavo A.; Savin, Roxana 2021, ‘Are portable polyethylene tents reliable for imposing heat treatments in field-grown wheat?’, Field Crops Research, 271, 108206.

Slafer, G.A., Savin, R., Pinochet, D., Calderini, D.F. 2021. Wheat. In: “Crop Physiology Case Histories for Major Crops” (V. Sadras and D. Calderini, Eds), ISBN: 9780128191941, Academic Press – Elsevier, pp. 99-163

Selected research activities

Invited Talks

– Overview of “sink side” dynamics, important processes and traits using a Wiring Diagram. Workshop: Delivering High Impact Traits and Novel Genetic Variation, International Wheat Yield Partnership Conference 2021. Online Format, 21 September 2021

– AVANCES EN ECOFISIOLOGÍA DE CEREALES DE INVIERNO. Atributos fisiológicos de potencial valor en la futura mejora de trigo. IX Congreso Nacional de Trigo de Argentina y III Encuentro del Mercosur. Online Format, 29 September 2021


Editor (responsible for on acceptance/rejection of mss) of Crop Science (USA), Euphytica (Netherlands), Food Energy Security (UK), Spanish J. Agric. Res. (Spain) and Scientific Reports (UK)

EB of Field Crops Res. (Netherlands), European J. Agron. (EU), and International J. Molecular Sci. – Plant Science (Switzerland)

ICREA Memoir 2021