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 Crop Science (USA), 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. 2020 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 180 papers in JCR-journals. His h-index at Dec. 2020 was 58 using WoS-CoreCollection (h-index=81 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

- de Oliveira Silva A, Slafer GA, Fritz AK, Lollato RP 2020, ‘Physiological basis of genotypic response to management in dryland wheat'. Frontiers in Plant Science, 10, 1644.

- Sanchez-Bragado, R.; Kim, J. W.; Rivera-Amado, C.; Molero, G.; Araus, J. L.; Savin, R.; Slafer, Gustavo A. 2020, 'Are awns truly relevant for wheat yields? A study of performance of awned/awnless isogenic lines and their response to source-sink manipulations', Field Crops Research, 254, UNSP 107827.

- Prieto, Paula; Ochagavia, Helga; Griffiths, Simon; Slafer, Gustavo A. 2020, 'Earliness per sextemperature interaction: consequences on leaf, spikelet, and floret development in wheat', Journal Of Experimental Botany, 71, 6, 1956 - 1968.

- Ferrante, Ariel; Savin, Roxana; Slafer, Gustavo A. 2020, 'Floret development and spike fertility in wheat: Differences between cultivars of contrasting yield potential and their sensitivity to photoperiod and soil N', Field Crops Research, 256, 107908.

- Abeledo, L. Gabriela; Savin, Roxana; Slafer, Gustavo A. 2020, 'Maize senescence under contrasting source-sink ratios during the grain filling period', Environmental And Experimental Botany, 180, 104263.

Selected research activities

Invited Talks in International Events

- Physiological bases for improving resilience to environmental stresses and resource use efficiency in wheat. XVI European Society for Agronomy Congress. Seville, Spain, 1-3 September 2020


Editorial activity

Editor (with different denominations, always in charge of the review process and of making a final decision on acceptance/rejection of mss) of Crop Science (USA), Euphytica (Netherlands), Food and Energy Security (UK), Spanish Journal Agricultural Research (Spain) and Scientific Reports (UK)

Member of the Editorial or Advisory Board of Field Crops Research (Netherlands), European Journal of Agronomy (EU), and International Journal of Molecular Sciences (Section for 'Molecular Plant Sciences'; Switzerland)