M del Pino Palacios-Díaz

M del Pino Palacios-Díaz
Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria | ULPGC · Department of Animal Pathology, Animal Production, and Food Science and Technology

PhD

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November 2014 - present
Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
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Publications (109)
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In semiarid regions, reclaimed water can be an important source of emerging pollutants in groundwater. In Gran Canaria Island, reclaimed water irrigation has been practiced for over thirty years and currently represents 8% of water resources. The aim of this study was to monitor contaminants of emerging concern and priority substances (2008/105/EC)...
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In the Canary Islands, water scarcity is one of the constraints for agricultural activity. Non-conventional water resources generally represent more water volume than conventional ones. The distribution of these resources frequently permits the possibility of a conjunctive use of desalinated (DW) water and reclaimed municipal wastewater (RW). Field...
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Water and food security are of global concern. Improving knowledge on crops’ potential uptake of pharmaceutical compounds (PhCs) is necessary to guarantee consumer health and improve the public’s perception of reclaimed water reuse. This study aimed to determine how water management (bottom-up applied for being supplied by Subsurface Drip Irrigatio...
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The geometry and the hydraulic properties of the unsaturated zone is often difficult to evaluate from traditional soil sampling techniques. Soil samples typically provide only data of the upper layers and boreholes are expensive and only provide spotted information. Non-destructive geophysical methods and among them, electrical resistivity tomograp...
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Cape Verde is a semiarid country where lack of rainfall exacerbates the scarce resources available for livestock which, therefore, make it very vulnerable to climate change. By providing reclaimed water (RW) for irrigation, it is possible to decrease forage importation. Subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) improves health security by preventing contact...
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The presence of pharmaceutical compounds in the whole environment is a growing concern. These compounds might be present in the effluents of wastewater treatment plants and, hence, irrigation with treated sewage may be a source of groundwater pollution. The volcanic aquifer that lies NE of Gran Canaria (Spain) was studied to address the relationshi...
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Cape Verde, which has agricultural land that is mainly rainfed, will be severely affected by climate change due to increased drought conditions. Scarce water availability makes this country highly dependent on imports for its food supply, resulting in more than 80% food importation. Improving water use efficiency, implementing precision irrigation...
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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) organised a workshop in Tenerife Island in 2017 called ‘Resilient Tenerife’, intended to explore participatory strategies to enhance climate resilience. An environmental expert from the Island Council of Gran Canaria was a member of one of the round tables and participated actively in various activities about the cas...
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In the Canary Islands, there is a hydrological imbalance between water consumption and renewable water availability. To provide more water resources, reverse osmosis (RO) from seawater is used. As boron (B) contents in irrigation water higher than 0.7 mg/L may be dangerous for sensible plants, B concentration in RO water (ROW) may be one of the key...
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Livestock effluents are a nutrient supply that is beneficial for crops, so their use is essential to guarantee the sustainability of the global management of farms. Zero discharge cattle effluent management to irrigate fodder crops is a mitigation option, so it is considered a key factor for adaptation to climate change. This paper presents the res...
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Forage availability, in quantity and quality, is essential for livestock development. In this context, the aim of this study was to characterize the macro and micro elements of Maralfalfa grass (Pennisetum sp) in function of different harvest frequencies under subsurface drip irrigation. The results showed that mineral concentration in plants depen...
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Irrigation with reclaimed water (R) is necessary to guarantee the sustainability of semi-arid areas. Results obtained during a two years monitoring network (2009-2011) in Gran Canaria are presented, including the analysis of chemical parameters, N and S isotopes, priority substances (2008/105/EC, 2013/39/EU), other organic contaminants and heavy me...
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Jatropha curcas L., a toxic species that does not interfere with the food chain, produces biodiesel of better environmental quality than mineral oils. However, in order to cultivate it sustainably, it is necessary to optimize the limited resources used, mainly water and soil. Therefore, in arid areas, it is necessary to cultivate under intensive co...
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The limited availability of water at low prices and the current scheme for specific supply arrangements (SSA/REA), both determined at the political level, explain that the goal of being self-sufficient in terms of forage consumption is currently unattainable in the Canaries. The "PFORCA" Plan aims to counteract this reality and increase their level...
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Livestock effluents are a beneficial nutrient supply for crops, whereby their use is critical to ensure the sustainability of the farms global management. However, they can cause serious ecological problems if misused, polluting soils and groundwater. Combining “soft technology” and local materials is a low cost solution in terms of finance and ene...
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Water deficit in semi-arid regions limits the future of the livestock sector. Also, its high price represents a percentage of the total cost of forage production. Non-conventional water resources applied by subsurface drip irrigation (SDI), in which the safe use lies in the management and not on the level of water treatment, would enhance the rumin...
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RESUMEN La Jatropha curcas L., una especie tóxica que no interfiere en la cadena alimentaria, produce biodiesel de mejor calidad ambiental que los aceites de origen mineral pero, para su cultivo, se emplean recursos limitados, fundamentalmente agua y suelo. Por tanto, en las zonas áridas es necesario cultivarla en condiciones intensivas, regando co...
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The traditional scarcity of hydric resources in Spain linked with a growing trend in water demand for applications such as landscaping, gardening or agricultural irrigation is gradually shifting water management practices towards the use of reclaimed water obtained from wastewater treatment plants. From a sustainable point of view, reclaimed water...
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The risk assessment in terrestrial environments has been scarcely studied for mixtures of organic contaminants. To estimate toxicity due to these compounds, an ecotoxicological test may be done with the appropriate organism and biomarker. Photosynthesis is principally performed at photosystem II, and its efficiency is affected by any environmental...
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In a global context in which obtaining new energy sources is of paramount importance, the production of biodiesel from plant crops is a potentially viable alternative to the use of fossil fuels. Among the species used to produce the raw material for biodiesel, Jatropha curcas L. (JCL) has enjoyed increased popularity in recent years, due partly to...
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In a global context in which obtaining new energy sources is of paramount importance, the production of biodiesel from plant crops is a potentially viable alternative to the use of fossil fuels. Among the species used to produce the raw material for biodiesel, Jatropha curcas L. (JCL) has enjoyed increased popularity in recent years, due partly to...
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Ibuprofen (IB) is a high environmental risk drug and one of the most frequently prescribed in human medicine. Recently, IB has been detected in Gran Canaria in reclaimed water for irrigation and in groundwater. Adsorption was studied in four volcanic soils from three islands of the Canarian Archipelago. Once the biodegradation process has been excl...
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Knowledge of geometry and hydraulic properties of the unsaturated zone is essential to assess the dynamics of the subsurface drainage of water that seeps from the ground surface, whether it is rain water as excess of irrigation. This interest increases when irrigation is conducted with reclaimed water, as it happens on the golf course of Bandama wh...
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In semiarid regions, the increasing cost of imported forage is encouraging its replacement by on-farm produced fodder crops. The aim of this study was to characterize the nutritive values of maralfalfa grass (Pennisetum sp.) in function of different harvest frequencies under subsurface drip irrigation. During 2009 a maralfalfa grass experiment was...
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AVANCES EN LA INVESTIGACIÓN DE LOS RECURSOS HÍDRI-COS EN ISLAS Y TERRENOS VOLCÁNICOS Canarias se puede considerar como uno de los mejores laboratorios hidrogeológicos del mundo. Por una parte, en la isla coexiste un amplísimo abanico de procesos volcá-nicos, desde aquellos asociados a materiales muy básicos a otros asociados a materia-les muy difer...
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En este trabajo se estudia la influencia de los factores edafoclimáticos en dos sistemas de producción de forrajeras de la isla de El Hierro: (1) cultivo intensivo de regadío en zonas bajas iniciado con maralfalfa y (2) zona de medianías (800-1000 msnm) donde es posible el cultivo en secano o aprovechamiento de los pastos naturales. En ambas zonas...
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Low focus in water management and short time data availability are the main limiting factors for reclaimed water project analysis. One of the oldest Spanish golf courses with a medium period of available data was selected to study and describe the medium time effects (25 years) on soil and aquifer as a consequence of reclaimed water reuse, and to c...
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Irrigation reuse of treated urban wastewater presents unquestionable advantages, but recently some possible unfavourable effects that need to be studied in the long term have been detected. The Bandama golf course, located at the NE of Gran Canaria, has been selected to develop an integrated study of the affection on a medium-long term, due to it h...
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La reutilización de aguas depuradas en España se realiza desde hace décadas, siendo uno de los países en los que esta práctica está más extendida. Sin embargo, no se llega a reutilizar más del 5% del total de las aguas residuales recogidas, aunque en algunos casos, como en Canarias, el agua depurada ha llegado a suponer un 20% del agua consumida. E...
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The north-central semiarid region of Mexico has been exposed to systematic grazing since colonial times. The grazing impact on rangelands has degraded soils and reduced diversity and productivity. The most common and detrimental cause of soil degradation is soil erosion which destroys chemical, physical and biological properties. To determine the e...