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Individual members of the project are presented below, grouped by institution


Dr. Eric Justes (M), is an agronomist and modeller specialised in soil science, ecophysiology and agroecology with 25-year experience in arable crops, species mixtures of cereal-grain legumes and catch/cover crops. He is head of the STICS soil-crop model team. He was commissioned by the French Ministries of Agriculture and Ecology to draft a report for policy makers on the agroecological services provided by cover crops and their efficiency to mitigate nitrate leaching and providing other services. He has a solid experience in project coordination (more than 10 French projects; 2 European projects) and he is scientific coordinator of the H2020 ReMIX project (2017-2021) after being the coordinator of the proposal designing. He is now managing research at PERSYST Department of CIRAD, as Deputy-Head, and is then fully aware about project management. He is the coordinator of Biodiversify project.

Dr. Karim Barkaoui (M), holds a PhD in Functional and Evolutionary Ecology from Montpellier SupAgro (France). He is Agroecologist within the SYSTEM research group where he conducts his research on functional agrobiodiversity and the functioning of Mediterranean multispecies systems, including agroforestry. His research contributes to identifying relevant assembly and management rules of functional agrobiodiversity for the design of drought-adapted and resilient agroecosystems. He worked 5 years at IAV Hassan II (Morocco).

Dr. Karen Lammoglia (F), holds a PhD in Soil Science & Agronomy from AgroParis-Tech (France) and is a modeller using various types of models, such as STICS soil-crop model, MACRO soil model and she is a specialist for Browse model. She is working on modelling and designing cocoa-based agroforestry systems in West Africa.


Dr Marie Gosme (F) is an agronomist working on the tree-crop interactions in agroforestry systems in the context of climate change, using a combination of experimentation to better understand the mechanisms driving competitions and facilitations - and modelling - to extrapolate the results in the context of future climate. 

Dr Laure Hossard (F) is an agronomist working on methods combining participatory approaches and numerical models for collectively designing and assessing cropping and farming systems towards more sustainable and resilient production systems at farm and landscape scales.

Dr Dominique Desclaux (F) is a plant breeder, specialized on Participatory plant breeding and on Genotype x Environment interactions, with previous expertise on cultivating durum wheat and legumes in olive based agroforestry systems.


Laurent PALAU (M), is an engineer specialized in agronomy and innovation projects.

Frantz BOUDET (M), is an engineer specialized in plant breeding. After a career as sunflower breeder for international companies since 1991 (Asgrow seeds, Monsanto and Syngenta), he joined Caussade Semences in 2018. He’s currently the research leader for Caussade Semences Group.

Sylvie DUTRIEZ (F) is an engineer specialized in plant breeding. She started in her career with Caussade Semences, first as breeder for early corn (grain and silage), then for winter wheat. She is now leading all the plant breeding activities for Caussade Semences Group.


Mourad Latati (PI, M) is an agro-physiologist. His main expertise and interest are the development of operational methods for the assessment, exploration and design of cropping systems, both at field and farm levels. The research activities aim to develop and promote agronomic applications resulting from researches on N symbiotic fixation of intercropped legumes with cereals. He is especially interested in the physiological mechanisms implied in improvement of nutrients and water use efficiency. He is presently coordinating the Algerian partner in research network that aims at the development of a system for agro-economic and environmental modelling (SEMIARID).

Meriem Laour (F) is an associate professor with more than 20 years of experience in eco-diversity and breeding in the Mediterranean. She has built a professional career in various fields, but her initial training is agronomy. She has worked on legume genetic resources for its importance in the development of sustainable agriculture. All research activity has been devoted to the characterization and enhancement of genetic resources.

Kaci Ahcèn (M) is an associate professor with more than 20 years of experience in agro-economy field research. He was involved in research works aiming at the participatory design assessment of agriculture at farm scale towards more sustainable farming systems. He particularly works on adaptation strategies in response to climate variability and socio-economic changes.


Dr. Peter Zander (M) is an Agricultural Economist, head of the working group “Farm Economics and Ecosystem Services”, working on the sustainable intensification of agricultural production systems using farm-level bio-economic modelling of agricultural land use including agroforestry systems. Dr Zander obtained his degree in agriculture and his doctorate in Production Ecology and Resource Conservation from Wageningen University. He coordinates the BiodivERsA project SALBES and has experience in coordinating Work Packages in EU and national projects (see below). In Biodiversify he will lead the economic analysis to optimize and evaluate mixed and forestry-based farming systems and to design supportive policy scenarios.

Dr Moritz Reckling (M) is an Agronomist experienced in cropping system modelling and field experimentation, working on the assessment of yield stability and the economic and environmental impacts of integrating legumes into cropping systems. He coordinates a DFG project on yield stability of legumes under climate change and was involved in several international projects (see below). In Biodiversify he will assess the resilience of HSD cropping systems using novel statistical methods and a cropping system assessment framework.


Dr. Christos Dordas (M), will be the coordinator for AUTH and is an agronomist specialised in ecophysiology and agroecology with over 15-year experience in species mixtures of cereal-grain legumes, cropping systems and catch/cover crops. His expertise covers water and nutrient cycling, and nutrient management in field crops and design of innovative low inputs, organic and diversified cropping systems. He has published over 57 articles in SCI journals. He is head of the Laboratory of Agronomy and Chairman of the School of Agriculture and is involved in dissemination activities to agricultural advisors.

Dr. Anastasios Lithourgidis (M), is a plant breeder and agronomist specialised in crop management design and assessment. He has over 25-year experience in tillage systems, species mixtures of cereal-grain legumes, agroforestry, cropping systems and catch/cover crops. He has published over 62 articles in SCI journals He is the head of the University farm of AUTH and is involved in many national and international projects.

Dr. Chrysanthi Pankou (F) is a plant breeder and also an agronomist specialised in crop management design and assessment and is invloved in ReMIX Project. She has an extensive experience in breeding, use of plant genetic resources in plant breeding in organic breeding and multi-actor research. Her expertise focuses on breeding designs of innovative low input, organic and diversified cropping systems. He has published over 15 articles in SCI journals.

Dr. George Menexes (M), is a statistician strongly involved in analyzing experimental data from all the experiments of the School of Agriculture. His expertise focuses on developing new methods for statistical analysis and solving problems which are encountered in breeding designs with innovative low input, organic, and diversified cropping systems. He has published over 85 articles in SCI journals.


Dr. Adolfo Rosati (Senior Researcher), works on agroforestry, ecophysiology, and sustainability. He was the principal investigator for CREA in the AGFORWARD project, the largest agroforestry project funded by the EU (VII FP). He worked also on a Regional project on Olive Agroforestry, funded by Umbria Region (measure 1.2.4 of RDP).
Research assistant: to be appointed.


Dr. Daniel Plaza-Bonilla (M), agronomist and modeller specialized in agronomy and soil science with experience in Mediterranean and other water-limited temperate arable cropping systems working at the Dept. of Crop and Forest Sciences. Worked on use of empirical and STICS soil-crop modelling approaches.

Dr. Jorge Lampurlanés (M), associate professor of the Dept. of Agricultural and Forest Engineering. He is focused on the effect of field crops management practices on crop production and resources use efficiency, and soil physical properties.

Dr. Rosario Fanlo (F), biologist specialized in grazing systems including natural pastures and alfalfa crops. Expertise in integrated management of crop and animal production in mixed farming systems.


Kamel Gargouri (M), Engineer, PhD in Agronomy, Associate Professor. Long term experience in the field of soil management, carbon and nirogen cycles, water management, and plant nutrition. Author of several publications in recognized international scientific journals and proceedings of national and international conferences.

Sameh Maktouf (F), Engineer, PhD in Enzyme and Microbial Engineering, Assistant specialized in soil microbiology and has developed research on microbial communities’ adaptation to different farming practices and selection of plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR). Author of several publications in recognized international scientific journals.

Ajmi Larbi (M), Engineer, PhD in Agronomy, Associate professor, who has developed research on olive system production (traditional, intensive and super-intensive orchards), fertilization and olive production under abiotic stress (salinity) with special emphasis on eco-physiological parameters.

Saida Elfkih (F), Engineer, PhD in Agro-economy, Assistant Professor, specialized in socio-economics and environmental policies, with developed skills on multi-criteria decision making methods. Author of several publications in recognized international scientific journals.
Mohamed Ghrab (M), Engineer, PhD in Agronomy, Associate professor. Long experience in the field of rational management of water resources in fruit orchards covering the topics of water requirement, irrigation management, tree physiology, water saving and water productivity.