Review. Deficit irrigation in fruit trees and vines in Spain

M. C. Ruiz-Sanchez, R. Domingo, J. R. Castel


Water has become the most precious of natural resources in many areas of Spain and, since agriculture is the major consumer of water, improvements in water use efficiency are increasingly sought. Regulated deficit irrigation (RDI) is an irrigation strategy based on applying only a fraction of the plant water requirements during certain periods of plant development. The paper reviews the available information on RDI strategies, in woody tree crops and vines based on studies by Spanish research groups. Both the promising results obtained and the drawbacks are covered.


fruit quality; vegetative and fruit growth; water deficit; water relations; yield

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DOI: 10.5424/sjar/201008S2-1343