Profile – Mariano Cossani

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Mariano Cossani

Job Title:

Senior Research Agronomist


Phone Number:

+61 0437828185


I am a crop ecophysiologist with interest in crop management and breeding with emphasis on the adaptation of crops to abiotic stresses including water deficit, extreme temperatures, and nutrient deficiency. I have worked developing concepts and phenotyping tools for Mediterranean areas and heat environments on yield determination, resources use and use efficiency, water, N, carbon and radiation on different annual crops (wheat, barley, maize, beans, lentils) in rain-fed and irrigated systems of Oceania, Southern Europe, North Africa, South Asia, and Latin America. I am also interested in developing applications of remote sensing and crop modelling to crop management and breeding.

Research Areas:

  • Crop Ecophysiology

Current N-related Projects:

  • Improving profit and reducing risk by managing nitrogen in wheat and extreme temperature in pulses


1- Cossani, C.M. and V.O. Sadras. (2018). Water-nitrogen co-limitation in grain crops. Advances in Agronomy. Volume 150. In press.

2- M.A. Ramirez-Rodrigues; S. Asseng; L. Stefanova; P. Alderman, C. M. Cossani; D. Flores. (2016). The value of seasonal forecasts for irrigated, supplementary irrigated, and rainfed wheat cropping systems in northwest Mexico. Agricultural Systems. 147, 76-86.

3- R A. Ordóñez, R. Savin, C. M. Cossani, G. A. Slafer (2015).Yield response to heat stress as affected by nitrogen availability in maize. Field Crops Research. 183, 184-203.

4- Cossani, C.M., Slafer, G.A., and Savin, R. (2012). Nitrogen and water use efficiencies of wheat and barley under a Mediterranean environment in Catalonia. Field Crops Research. 128, 109-118.

5- Cossani, C.M., Thabet, C., Mellouli, H.J. and Slafer, G.A. (2011) Improving wheat yields through N fertilization in Mediterranean Tunisia. Experimental Agriculture. 47, 459-475.

6- Cossani, C.M., Slafer, G.A., and Savin, R. (2011). Do cereals differ in grain weight stability under Mediterranean conditions? Field Crops Research. 121, 240-247.

7- Cossani, C.M., Slafer G.A. and Savin, R. (2010). Co-limitation of nitrogen and water on yield and resource-use efficiencies of wheat and barley. Crop & Pasture Science. 61, 844–851.

8- Cossani, C.M., Slafer G.A. and Savin, R. (2009) Yield and biomass in wheat and barley under a range of conditions in a Mediterranean site. Field Crops Research. 112, 205–213.

9- Cossani, C.M., Savin, R. and Slafer G A. (2007). Contrasting performance of barley and wheat in a wide range of conditions in Mediterranean Catalonia (Spain). Annals of Applied Biology. 151, 167–173.