Analysis and modelling of biophysical processes within agro-environmental systems


This line refers to the analysis of biophysical processes via field, greenhouse and growth chamber experiments, and to the formalization of the acquired knowledge in mathematical models to be used for operational purposes, ranging from crop monitoring and yield forecast to management support.
The Cassandra activities in this field are traditionally focused on rice-baesd cropping systems, although new lines are active since 2012 (e.g., targeting the development of energy crop models).

Examples for these activities refer to the impact of management practices on rice elongation (Confalonieri et al., 2014), to mechanical transplanting stress (Pagani et al., 2014), to leaf area dynamics within rapeseed canopies (Gilardelli et al., 2014), and to the analysis of the floodwater effect on the vertical thermal profile (Confalonieri et al., 2005). These activities led to the first modelling approaches for the processes involved.

Current activities include the analysis and modelling of processes involved with rice grain quality, carbon/nitrogen and greenhouse gas emission from paddy soils, germination and emergence dynamics.

References:

Confalonieri, R., Mariani, L., Bocchi, S., 2005. Analysis and modelling of water and near water temperatures in flooded rice (Oryza sativa L.). Ecological Modelling, 183, 269-280.

Confalonieri, R., Stella, T., Dominoni, P., Frasso, N., Consolati, G., Bertoglio, M., Bianchi, E., Bortone, L., Cairo, V., Cappelli, G., Cozzaglio, G., Fattorossi, G., Garbelli, A., D'Incecco, P., Marazzi, A., Marescotti, M.E., Marziali, F., Maserati, S., Mazza, M., Mottadelli, G., Negrini, G., Nutini, F., Orasen, G., Pacca, L., Pinnetti, M., Pirotta, M., Porta, R., Riva, A., Scaramelli, A., Sessa, F., Uggeri, S., Urbinati, F., Russo, G., Chiodini, M., Bregaglio, S., Acutis, M., 2014. Impact of agro-management practices on rice elongation: analysis and modelling. Crop Science, 54, 2294-2302.

Gilardelli, C., Stella, T., Frasso, N., Cappelli, G., Bregaglio, T., Chiodini, M.E., Confalonieri, R., 2014. An improved version of WOFOST for the simulation of quantitative and qualitative aspects of winter rapeseed production. Proceedings of the 13th Congress of the European Society for Agronomy, Debrecen, Hungary, 25-29 August 2014, pp. 207-208.

Pagani, V., Francone, C., ZhiMingWang, Qiu, L., Bregaglio, S., Acutis, M., Confalonieri, R., 2014. Evaluation of WARM for different establishment techniques in Jiangsu (China). European Journal of Agronomy, 59, 78-85.

2016 - Ecological Modelling, 320, 366-371
A model to simulate the dynamics of carbohydrate remobilization during rice grain filling.
Stella, T., Bregaglio, S., Confalonieri, R.

2015 - Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 113, 193-202
Reimplementation and reuse of the Canegro model: From sugarcane to giant reed
Stella, T., Francone, C., Yamaç, S.S., Ceotto, E., Pagani, V., Pilu, R., Confalonieri, R.

2015 - Global Change Biology, 21, 1328-1341
Uncertainties in predicting rice yield by current crop models under a wide range of climatic conditions.
Li, T., Hasegawa, T., Yin, X., Zhu, Y., Boote, K., Adam, M., Bregaglio, S., Buis, S., Confalonieri, R., Fumoto, T., Gaydon, D., Marcaida, M., Nakagawa, H., Oriol, P., Ruane, A.C., Ruget, F., Singh, B., Singh, U., Tang, L., Tao, F., Wilkens, P., Yoshida, H., Zhang, Z., Bouman, B.

2015 - Climatic Change, 132, 661-675
District specific, in silico evaluation of rice ideotypes improved for resistance/tolerance traits to biotic and abiotic stressors under climate change scenarios.
Paleari, L., Cappelli, G., Bregaglio, S., Acutis, M., Donatelli, M., Sacchi, G.A., Lupotto, E., Boschetti, M., Manfron, G., Confalonieri, R.

2014 - Field Crops Research, 155, 38-41
Comparison of leaf area index estimates by ceptometer and PocketLAI smart app in canopies with different structures.
Francone, C., Pagani, V., Foi, M., Cappelli, G., Confalonieri, R.

2014 - Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 104, 18-24
A software component implementing a library of models for the simulation of pre-harvest rice grain quality.
Cappelli, G., Bregaglio, S., Romani, M., Feccia, S., Confalonieri, R.

2014 - Ecological Modelling, 286, 1-10
CoSMo: a simple approach for reproducing plant community dynamics using a single instance of generic crop simulators.
Confalonieri, R.

2014 - Crop Science, 54, 2294-2302
Impact of agro-management practices on rice elongation: analysis and modelling.
Confalonieri, R., Stella, T., Dominoni, P., Frasso, N., Consolati, G., Bertoglio, M., Bianchi, E., Bortone, L., Cairo, V., Cappelli, G., Cozzaglio, G., Fattorossi, G., Garbelli, A., D'Incecco, P., Marazzi, A., Marescotti, M.E., Marziali, F., Maserati, S., Mazza, M., Mottadelli, G., Negrini, G., Nutini, F., Orasen, G., Pacca, L., Pinnetti, M., Pirotta, M., Porta, R., Riva, A., Scaramelli, A., Sessa

2014 - Environmental Modelling & Software, 62, 478-486
A generic framework for evaluating hybrid models by reuse and composition - a case study on soil temperature simulation.
Donatelli, M., Bregaglio, S., Confalonieri, R., De Mascellis, R., Acutis, M.

2014 - Environmental Modelling & Software, 59, 44-58
Model simplification and development via reuse, sensitivity analysis and composition: a case study in crop modelling.
Stella, T., Frasso, N., Negrini, G., Bregaglio, S., Cappelli, G., Acutis, M., Confalonieri, R.

2014 - European Journal of Agronomy, 59, 78-85
Evaluation of WARM for different establishment techniques in Jiangsu (China).
Pagani, V., Francone, C., ZhiMingWang, Qiu, L., Bregaglio, S., Acutis, M., Confalonieri, R.

2013 - Agronomy for Sustainable Development, 33, 767-776
Fungal infections of rice, wheat and grape in Europe in 2030-2050.
Bregaglio, S., Donatelli, M., Confalonieri, R.

2013 - Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 96, 67-74
Development of an app for estimating leaf area index using a smartphone. Trueness and precision determination and comparison with other indirect methods.
Confalonieri, R., Foi, M., Casa, R., Aquaro, S., Tona, E., Peterle, M., Boldini, A., De Carli, G., Ferrari, A., Finotto, G., Guarneri, T., Manzoni, V., Movedi, E., Nisoli, A., Paleari, L., Radici, I., Suardi, M., Veronesi, D., Bregaglio, S., Cappelli, G., Chiodini, M.E., Dominoni, P., Francone, C., Frasso, N., Stella, T., Acutis, M.

2013 - Computers and Electronics in Agriculture
Development and validation of a model to estimate postharvest losses during transport of tomatoes in West Africa
Venus, V., Asare-Kyei, D.K., Tijskens, L.M.M., Weir, M.J.C., de Bie, C.A.J.M., Ouedraogo, S., Nieuwenhuis, W., Wesselman, S.L.M., Cappelli, G.A. and Smaling, E.M.A.

2012 - Ecological Modelling
Evaluating the suitability of a generic fungal infection model for pest risk assessment studies
Bregaglio, S., Cappelli, G., Donatelli, M.

2012 - Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 144, 419-430
Sensitivity analysis and investigation of the behaviour of the UTOPIA land-surface process model: A case study for vineyards in northern Italy.
Francone, C., Cassardo, C., Richiardone, R., Confalonieri, R.

2011 - Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 151, 1163-1172
Multi metric evaluation of leaf wetness models for large-area application of plant disease models.
Bregaglio, S., Donatelli, M., Confalonieri, R., Acutis, M., Orlandini, S.

2011 - Journal of Agricultural Science, 149, 633-638
A new approach for determining rice critical nitrogen concentration.
Confalonieri, R., Debellini, C., Pirondini, M., Possenti, P., Bergamini, L., Barlassina, G., Bartoli, A., Agostoni, E.G., Appiani, M., Babazadeh, L., Bedin, E., Bignotti, A., Bouca, M., Bulgari, R., Cantore, A., Degradi, D., Facchinetti, D., Fiacchino, D., Frialdi, M., Galuppini, L., Gorrini, C., Gritti, A., Gritti, P., Lonati, S., Martinazzi, D., Messa, C., Minardi, A., Nascimbene, L., Oldani, D.

2011 - European Journal of Agronomy, 34, 20-25
A model for simulating the height of rice plants.
Confalonieri, R., Bregaglio, S., Rosenmund, A.S., Acutis, M., Savin, I.

2010 - Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 102, 429-438
An integrated evaluation of thirteen modelling solutions for the generation of hourly values of air relative humidity.
Bregaglio, S., Donatelli, M., Confalonieri, R., Acutis, M., Orlandini, S.

2009 - Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research, 7, 680-686
Evaluation of parameterization strategies for rice modelling.
Confalonieri, R., Bellocchi, G., Boschetti, M., Acutis, M.

2006 - Agronomy for Sustainable Development, 26, 241-249
The CropSyst model to simulate the N balance of rice for alternative management.
Confalonieri, R., Gusberti, D., Bocchi, S., Acutis, M.

2006 - Environmental Modelling & Software, 21, 1042-1054
Parameterization of a crop growth and development simulation model at sub-model components level. An example for winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.).
Bechini, L., Bocchi, S., Maggiore, T., Confalonieri, R.

2005 - Ecological Modelling, 183, 269-280
Analysis and modelling of water and near water temperatures in flooded rice (Oryza sativa L.).
Confalonieri, R., Mariani, L., Bocchi, S.

2005 - European Journal of Agronomy, 23, 315-326
Evaluation of CropSyst for simulating the yield of flooded rice in northern Italy.
Confalonieri, R., Bocchi, S.

2004 - European Journal of Agronomy, 21, 223-237
A preliminary evaluation of the simulation model CropSyst for Alfalfa.
Confalonieri, R., Bechini, L.