David Fuentes

David Fuentes
University of Alicante | UA · Ecology

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Introduction
Mis principales líneas de investigación han intentado responder a preguntas relacionadas con el establecimiento de plantas forestales en zonas secas y semiáridas. Ahora, tras crear Ecodrone works, he decidido utilizar la tecnología de los RPA o UAV para ser utilizados como una herramienta más en investigación ecológica, manejo forestal y cualquier aspecto relacionado con la restauración del medioambiente que implique la producción de ortofotos, MDE, modelación 3D y post-procesos en SIG.
Additional affiliations
May 2001 - September 2013
Centro de Estudios Ambientales del Mediterráneo
Position
  • Researcher
January 2000 - October 2012
Universidad de Alicante
Education
June 2005 - October 2011
September 1996 - July 1998
Universitat de Lleida
Field of study
  • Gestión del Medio Ambiente
September 1991 - July 1994
Universitat Politècnica de València
Field of study
  • Hortifruticultura y Jardinería

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Publications (50)
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The runoff coefficient (RC) is widely used despite requiring to know the effective contributing area, which cannot be known a priori. In a previous work, we defined runoff length (RL), which is difficult to measure. This work aimed to define the minimum RL (mRL), a quantitative and easy proxy of RL, for use in a pilot study on biocrusts in the Tabe...
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Drylands functioning depends on water fluxes and the retention of resources. The restoration of degraded areas should mimic the natural arrangement of vegetation in the landscape in a source-sink pattern. Reintroducing key woody seedlings through planting is a major concern in ecological restoration as these areas often exceed degradation threshold...
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Through litter decomposition enormous amounts of carbon is emitted to the atmosphere. Numerous large-scale decomposition experiments have been conducted focusing on this fundamental soil process in order to understand the controls on the terrestrial carbon transfer to the atmosphere. However, previous studies were mostly based on site-specific litt...
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Through litter decomposition enormous amount of carbon is emitted to the atmosphere. Numerous large-scale decomposition experiments have been conducted focusing on this fundamental soil process in order to understand the controls on the terrestrial carbon transfer to the atmosphere. However, previous studies were mostly based on site-specific litte...
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Soils of Mediterranean drylands are characterized by a low fertility and organic matter content because of past land use and disturbances regime. The restoration of these degraded lands faces at the same time problems related to water scarcity and the unpredictability of precipitations with problems with soil physical, chemical and microbiological...
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Through litter decomposition enormous amounts of carbon is emitted to the atmosphere. Numerous large-scale decomposition experiments have been conducted focusing on this fundamental soil process in order to under-stand the controls on the terrestrial carbon transfer to the atmosphere. However, previous studies were mostly based on site-specific litt...
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What are the changes at individual and community level derived from altered climatic regime in a typical secondary Mediterranean shrubland?
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The patchy distribution of semiarid ecosystems determines productivity and controls the retention of resources within the system. Resource fluxes depend on a number of biophysical and soil variables, besides the amount and intensity of particular rainfall events. At two Mediterranean experimental sites with contrasted composition and spatial vegeta...
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How do seedlings of key Mediterranean semiarid species perform in a gradient of water stress? Do the biotic relationships between plant seedlings change depending on the degree of stress?
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Plant form and physiological pathways respond to resource availability which, in turn, determines individual plant survival and growth. Studies in environments where soil resources limit plant growth may offer insight into root behaviour. Changes in root morphology have been often observed as plant-responses in nutrient-rich patches (Hodge 2004). I...
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Reforestation projects in semiarid lands often yield poor results. Water scarcity, poor soil fertility, and structure strongly limit the survival and growth of planted seedlings in these areas. At two experimental semiarid sites, we evaluated a variety of low-cost planting techniques in order to increase water availability to plants. Treatments inc...
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Heavy metal contamination and drought are expected to increase in large areas worldwide. However, their combined effect on plant performance has been scantly analyzed. This study examines the effect of Zn supply at different water availabilities on morpho-physiological traits of Quercus suber in order to analyze the combined effects of both stresse...
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Reforestation efforts in dryland ecosystems frequently encounter drought and limited soil productivity, although both factors usually interact synergistically to worsen water stress for outplanted seedlings. Land degradation in drylands (e.g. desertification) usually reduces soil productivity and, especially, soil water availability. In dry sub-hum...
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An inland mountainous location in eastern Spain was selected for reforestation studies based on the fog water collection potential prevailing in the area and the high level of land degradation resulting from recurrent forest fires in the past. Bulk fog-water catches were stored and used in a micro-irrigation network to provide summer emergency wate...
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Zinc is an essential nutrient for higher plants but it becomes toxic as its availability increases. In nature, different stress factors commonly occur concurrently, challenging our ability to predict their impacts. Information on zinc (Zn) effect on plant ability to withstand other sources of stress is scarce. This study examines the effect of zinc...
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Planting woody vegetation is frequently a first step towards the restoration of degraded drylands. Seedling establishment on unfertile soils may be favoured by applying organic amendments such as biosolids. But the outcome of such a practice is strongly dependent on the type of amendment and the application rate used. High application rates may hav...
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Previous studies carried out by the authors have shown the potential of fog water collection at several mountain locations in the Valencia region (western Mediterranean basin). This coastal region features typical conditions for a dry Mediterranean climate characterized by a pluviometric regime ranging from 400 to 600 mm with a strong annual depend...
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Heavy metals have increased in natural woodlands and shrublands over the last several decades as a consequence of anthropogenic activities. However, our knowledge of the effects of these elements on woody species is scarce. In this study, we examined the responses of six Mediterranean woody species to increasing levels of zinc in hydroponic culture...
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A mountainous plot located in the interior of the Valencia region (east coast of the Iberian Peninsula) was identified for reforestation using the fog-water collection potential prevailing in the area. Fog data were obtained by means of an instrument ensemble consisting of a passive cylindrical fog-water collector, a rain gauge, a wind direction an...
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Ecological restoration represents an important tool for combating land degradation and increasing ecosystem resistance and resilience to disturbance, thus favoring the recovery of functions and services. Degraded drylands constitute very harsh conditions for the natural regeneration and rangeland restoration of the ecosystems. Scarcity of rainfall...
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Long-term post-fire restoration not only aims to restore the ecosystem structure and function, but also endeavors to recover ecosystem fire resilience and reduce future fire propogation potential. This generally requires restoration strategies that promote secondary succession towards more mature, more resilient plant communities at a landscape sca...
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The degradation of two groups of organic pollutants in three different Mediterranean forest soils amended with sewage sludge was studied for nine months. The sewage sludge produced by a domestic water treatment plant was applied to soils developed from limestone, marl and sandstone, showing contrasting alkalinity and texture. The compounds analysed...
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Biosolids have been widely used for land reclamation, but information on their use in restoration, i.e., on less degraded areas, is scarce. Biosolids may be used to restore forest ecosystems by fostering tree establishment in degraded shrublands. Detailed knowledge on the effects of biosolid application is needed to optimize such practice. We evalu...
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The restoration of heavy metal contaminated areas requires information on the response of native plant species to these contaminants. The sensitivity of most Mediterranean woody species to heavy metals has not been established, and little is known about phytotoxic thresholds and environmental risks. We have evaluated the response of four plant spec...
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We investigated the response of Pinus halepensis seedlings to the application of biosolids enriched with Cu, Ni and Zn on three Mediterranean forest soils under semiarid conditions. One-year-old seedlings were planted in lysimeters on soils developed from marl, limestone and sandstone which were left unamended, amended with biosolids, or amended wi...
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A mountainous location has been identified for reforestation using the fog water collection potential that exists in the area. The forest area has been burnt several times and its self-recovery has been determined difficult. Thus, this study attempts to use the fog water collected by means of two large flat panels, several water storage tanks and a...
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Pines have been extensively used for land restoration in the Mediterranean basin and in other parts of the world, since the late 19th century. The theoretical basis supporting pine utilisation was its stress-tolerant and pioneer features, and their attributed role of facilitating the development of late-successional hardwoods in the long-term. In t...
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We evaluated the effectiveness of a water harvesting technique (microcatchment) on the performance of a Pinus halepensis and Quercus ilex seedling plantation under natural dry Mediterranean field conditions. This technique is expected to enlarge the runoff collecting surface and to drive the water to the planting holes through two small channels. H...
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Las deyeccciones animales procedentes de prácticas ganaderas en la Unión Europea suponen una gran cantidad de residuos orgánicos que pueden ser valorizados mediante su aplicación a suelos, aprovechando el elevado contenido de materia orgánica y nutrientes de estos subproductos. No obstante, la intensificación de la ganadería y la disociación entre...
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El incremento de la cabaña porcina y la intensificación de las explotaciones supone una mayor producción de purines y una mayor concentración de los mismos. Las li-mitaciones en los usos tradicionales de los purines obligan a buscar alternativas para su valorización. Ésta puede pasar por el compostaje y la obtención de produc-tos orgánicos con valo...
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La concentración de purines en las granjas porcinas supone un grave problema ambiental cuya solución requiere estrategias innovadoras. Los purines contienen cantidades elevadas de algunos nutrientes esenciales para el crecimiento de los vegetales. Además, mediante compostaje junto a residuos con elevado contenido de carbono se puede conseguir un pr...
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El incremento de la cabaña porcina y la intensificación de las explotaciones supone una mayor producción de purines y una mayor concentración de los mismos. Las limitaciones en los usos tradicionales de los purines obligan a buscar alternativas para su valorización. Ésta puede pasar por el compostaje y la obtención de productos orgánicos con valor...
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Investigación financiada por: Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnologia-FEDER (Proyectos 1FD97-1117-C03 y REN2000-0181-P4-03) y empresa SELCO.
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Resumen La concentración de purines en las granjas porcinas supone un grave problema ambiental cuya solución requiere estrategias innovadoras. Los purines contienen cantidades elevadas de algunos nutrientes esenciales para el crecimiento de los vegetales. Además, mediante compostaje junto a residuos con elevado contenido de carbono se puede consegu...
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Animal manure has commonly been used in agriculture. But there are good market opportunities in the fields of nursery production of forest and garden plants, ecological restoration and soil conservation. Before these products can be competitive, they must improve their quality, e.g. through composting. In this work we review the regulations on the...

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