This section includes the relationships and partnerships that the PhD Program maintains with other institutions, whether national or international, public or private.

Scientific and technological research in specialized centers

The University of Almería develops diverse research lines and technologies with various research centers specialized in intensive agriculture; these are described in the document that can be accessed via the following link.

Researchers from these centers participate in the protected agriculture PhD Program.

UAL - ANECOOP Foundation´s Center for Innovation and Technology

The UAL-ANECOOP Foundation’s Center for Innovation and Technology was created in 2004 to coordinate research and experimentation between ANECOOP and the University of Almería.

The aim of the Foundation is to contribute to the modernization and improved competitiveness of the agricultural sector through research, innovation, and technology transfer to agricultural producers. In this sense, the UAL-ANECOOP Foundation presents an ideal structure for a public and a private entity to work together in search of a common objective.

The research center has been collaborating with companies in the sector for more than thirteen years, proposing and executing projects that include new products and processes of agricultural interest in the commercial or pre-commercial phase.

The main research lines are:

  • Greenhouse Climate Control: innovation in natural ventilation as a way to make the greenhouse agri-system sustainable and profitable.
  • Hormonal bioactivators study.
  • Gathering field data and analysis for decision-making regarding the consumption of desalinated and well water.
  • Soil fumigation and disinfection: technological alternatives based on biosolarization.
  • Sustainable management of nitrogen fertilizer in greenhouse horticultural crops and use of optical sensors and models to optimize nitrogen management.
  • Study and evaluation of environmental parameters that affect workers in raspa and amagado greenhouses.
  • Functional genomics in zucchini.
  • Analysis, selection and agronomic characterization of the flowering process in altered tomato mutants.
  • Water and soil fertility in organic crops.
  • Development and validation of pesticide analysis methods and coordination of the application of those methods.
  • Study and evaluation of the application techniques for phytosanitary products in greenhouse peppers.
  • Influence of premature sexing of papaya on fruit production and quality.



IFAPA (Agricultural and Fisheries Research and Training Institute)

La Mojonera Center, Almería

The Andalusian Government Center, attached to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, whose main mission is to contribute to the modernization of the agricultural, fishing and food sectors through research, development, technology transfer and training, to ensure the sustainability of these production sectors.

At its La Mojonera Center, IFAPA develops research lines within its thematic areas: Agri-food Engineering and Technology, Genomics and Biotechnology, Agriculture and the Environment, and Sustainable Plant Protection. The main work lines are:

  • The improvement of greenhouse production through the efficient use of natural and technological resources. The application of renewable energy in greenhouse climate control.
  • New genomic resources for the development of horticultural genetic improvement.
  • Irrigation and fertilization optimization. Fertigation and the management of non-conventional water resources (regenerated and desalinated). Irrigation management in organic farming.
  • Etiology and diagnosis, epidemiology and the control of diseases caused by fungi and viruses in protected horticultural crops. Diseases in crops without soil. Biological and integrated control of mycosis in horticultural crops.
  • Integrated pest and disease management in agri-ecosystems; Conservation biological control; Conservation and implementation of ecological infrastructures that enhance the establishment of beneficial species in crops.


Cajamar Experimental Station

The Cajamar Foundation is a non-profit entity that was created by CAJAMAR-Caja Rural in 2006. Its purpose is to promote and organize initiatives that help to foster cooperativism, agri-food research, applied technological innovation, studies and analysis of production reality and the transfer of scientific and technical knowledge through free-access publications, organizing courses and seminars, hosting visits, etc.

To develop its research activities, the Cajamar Foundation (FC) has the Cajamar Las Palmerillas Experimental Station in Almería.

Founded in 1975, the FC has participated in various research projects with regional, national and EU funding, focused on:

  • Sustainable Agriculture.
  • Greenhouse Technologies.
  • Bioeconomics.
  • Food and Health.

Currently, it is participating in competitive projects of European calls (FERTINNOWA, FAIRshare and Nefertiti), National projects (Integration of sustainable technologies to reduce climate stress in greenhouse horticultural production in the Mediterranean area), in public-private collaborations (Bacagro, Megeban , Aloevida and Europapaya), as well as in projects within the EIP-AGRI Operational Groups (Carismed, GOP2I-AL-16-0012, Agroforan, Ecotopos).


Tecnova Technology Center

The Technology Center Tecnova is a private non-profit entity with its own legal identity, made up of more than 120 companies from industry and auxiliary services in Spain and the wider European Union, which also includes the presence of public bodies, research centers and financial entities.

It was incorporated on January 9, 2001, with the objective of promoting, encouraging, cooperating with, and developing the economy in the Agricultural Service Sector. Its vision is to become a benchmark and provider of technological knowledge with international reach in the technologies applied to the agricultural service sector.

It has five clearly differentiated research areas:

  • Greenhouse Technology.
  • Plant production.
  • Plant Production.
  • Postharvest and Packaging.
  • Robotics and Agromatics.

In turn, the Plant Production research area encompasses several research lines:   

  • Irrigation and fertilization.
  • Applied entomology.
  • Integrated disease management.
  • Management and recovery of agricultural and agri-industrial waste.

The The Technology Center has extensive experience in developing research projects related to the topics of irrigating and fertilizing greenhouse horticultural crops, along with the development of decision-making support systems for designing crop management strategies, the development of new waste recovery strategies and their incorporation into the horticultural production system, and innovation transfer between different sectors to improve crop management.


Other active collaborations

The Uruguayan National Institute of Agricultural Research

There is a collaboration with INIA Las Brujas (Uruguay) based on the participation of professors from the PhD Program in an ongoing research project to optimize fertigation in greenhouse tomato crops.

Currently, a doctoral thesis from the PhD Program is being co-directed in collaboration with this center. Visits to UAL are also made from this institute, and vice versa.


Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí, Mexico

There is a collaboration agreement between this university and UAL, specifically between the Agricultural Sciences PhD Program at the University of San Luis de Potosí and the Protected Agriculture PhD Program at UAL

This agreement, signed in July 2018, establishes collaborative links based on the exchange of students and professors between both institutions at the doctoral level, and the carrying out of joint research projects.


Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil, Ecuador

A collaboration agreement is currently underway to develop doctoral theses on the coast of Ecuador with the Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil (UCSG); the objective is to explore the possibilities of horticultural development in this area, carrying out studies related to the climate, greenhouse designs adapted to the region and the behavior of horticultural crops within an environmental and social sustainability framework.

At the moment, five doctoral theses are being developed in the Protected Agriculture PhD Program as part of this collaboration.


Research Center in Food and Development Food Technology Area of Plant Origin

Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico

We are collaborating with this center on the direction of a doctoral thesis carried out by a researcher from said center.


Technical University of Cotopaxi

Latacunga, Ecuador

There is a collaboration agreement between UAL and this university. Currently, two students from this university are enrolled in the Protected Agriculture PhD Program.


University of Córdoba

We are actively collaborating with UCO's Agronomy Department, carrying out coordinated projects based on the national plan that has existed between UAL and UGR since 2000. Co-direction of doctoral theses is carried out.

The Polyfly Company

Located at PITA, Almería

Collaboration with this company focuses on directing a doctoral thesis from the PhD Program, with an industrial mention.


University de Granada

There have been national plan projects coordinated between UAL and UGR since 2004.
Area: Food technology. Coordinating University: UAL.

University of Milan. Italy

Horticultural genetic improvement for tolerance to water and salt stress.
Collaboration with Professor Antonio Ferrante's group.

Postharvest of fruits and vegetables

Postgraduate teaching collaboration with different Spanish and foreign universities as well as with different research centers:

  • University of Córdoba.
  • Polytechnic University of Valencia.
  • Polytechnic University of Cartagena.
  • University of Granada.
  • IHSM-CSIC La Mayora.
  • University of Foggia.
  • Writtle University College.

Enza Zaden

Research contract to genetically improve cucurbitaceae for virus resistance.

Bayer Crop Science

Analysis of the agronomic value of ethylene-insensitive watermelon mutants.

Massive phenotyping of plants

Participation in the Emphasis-European Plant Phenotyping Infrastructure.
Different European institutions.