The PhD Programme in Terrestrial Ecosystems, Sustainable Use and Environmental Implications prepares doctors in the environmental agrobiology, soil-plants relation, soil science and ecology fields, including lines of research relating soil and living organisms, with a special emphasis on the soil-plant relation, and focusing primarily on the terrestrial ecosystems study and analysis covering both the agricultural and natural environment, and the solutions to problems in areas related to terrestrial ecosystems, sustainable use and environmental implications selection.


  1. Environment


Topics on the Specialisation Lines

– Water and Soil. Water resources protection
– Water quality and its ecosystems
– Water georesources for territorial sustainability and rural development
– Climate change and water resources
– Biodiversity conservation in freshwater ecosystems
– Environmental biological quality
– Protected spaces conservation

Research Lines

  • Soil Ecology
  • Soil quality, pollution and recovery
  • Physical soil degradation, water erosion, soil water repellency
  • Soil and water acidification biogeochemical aspects
  • Plant origin secondary metabolites action mode study
  • Biotic interactions, biological invasions and conservation
  • Chemical relationships between plants and micro-organisms
  • Plant species genetic improvement
  • Biodiversity and bioindication in lichens
  • Plant ecophysiology, stress and invasive species
  • Environmental impact for consultancy and evaluation


    Academic, scientific and professional interest

    – Unique PhD Programme in the Galician University System.
    – Quality Mention for Excellence. Ministry of Education. Academic Year 2006/2007 and following.
    – PhD Programme collaborating with the Galician Biological Mission (CSIC)


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