Modelling intercrops with the STICS soil-crop model
Modelling intercrops with the STICS soil-crop model: model adaptation for simulating intercrop management scenarios within the framework of the H2020 European project ReMIX
The young researcher will be in charge of testing, parameterise and “validate” the STICS soil-crop model for its intercrop version (Brisson et al., 2004; Launay et al., 2009). The ability of STICS-intercrop to simulate the dynamic interspecific competition and complementarity by the two intercropped species for the resource capture (light, CO2, water and nitrogen) will be particularly analysed i) for testing new formalisms recently implemented for improving the energy balance for intercrop designs, and ii) using existing databases of various types of intercrops. The work will also aim at evaluating the type of “phenological plasticity” and other “emerging properties” that can be simulated by STICS-intercrop. Finally, this will allow determining the validity domain of STICS- intercrop for intercropping systems.
Position short description: We are seeking a young researcher in agronomy/agroecology/ecology and soil-crop modelling who will work on modelling intercrops (species mixtures) using soil-crop models and agronomic analyses to assess the efficacy and the resilience of intercrops versus sole crops under climate change scenarios.