Felipe Barrios Masias

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Assistant Professor

Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Veterinary Sciences
University of Nevada/Mail Stop 202
1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno,  Nevada   89557

Office: (775) 682-7026
Email: fbarrios@cabnr.unr.edu
Building: Max Fleischmann Agriculture,  Office 108

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B.S., Agricultural Science, Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Lima, Peru, 1997
Ph.D., Horticulture and Agronomy, University of California, Davis, 2012


My interest focuses on plant-environment interactions and how traits affect resource use efficiency at the ecophysiology and community levels. Different morphological, physiological and phenological traits are responsible for the improved crop performance observed in the last few decades, but little information is known about them. Understanding how traits interact and the tradeoffs related to crop performance under different environmental conditions can help breeders and crop managers to implement strategies for crop adaptation to future climate change scenarios. In addition, the study of traits can contribute to improve crop productivity under low input systems, e.g., some organic systems and traditional farming in developing countries. Integrating plant traits with practices that rely on above- and below-ground diversity, niche differentiation and species complementarity and competition, among others, can contribute to increase yields by the efficient use of resources and minimizing the impact to the environment.

My research program focuses on finding solutions to constraints in horticultural production of arid and semi-arid regions in the world. I take an integrative approach to sustainable production and prioritize needs of farmers and other stakeholders to find ways that our production systems are efficient in the use of resources and become more profitable. I am interested in plant functional traits and identifying genotype/cultivar trait associations that favor crop performance under particular environments and management practices (i.e., GxExM interaction). My goal is to conduct participatory research with an emphasis on applicable outcomes that improve the chances for success of horticultural production in arid regions such as Nevada.


Bowles, T., Barrios Masias, F., Carlisle, E., Cavagnaro, T., Jackson, L. 2016, Effects of arbuscular mycorrhizae on tomato yield, nutrient uptake, water relations, and soil carbon dynamics under deficit irrigation in field conditions., Science of the Total Environment   Read More...
Barrios Masias, F., Jackson, L. 2016, Increasing the effective use of water in processing tomatoes through alternate furrow irrigation without a yield decrease., Agricultural Water Management   Read More...
Lazcano, C., Barrios-­Masias, F.H., Jackson L.E. 2014, Arbuscular mycorrhizal effects on plant water relations and soil greenhouse gas emissions under changing moisture regimes., Soil Biology & Biochemistry 74:184-­-192   Read More...
Barrios-­Masias, F.H., Jackson L.E. 2014, California processing tomatoes: Morphological, physiological and phenological traits associated with crop improvement during the last 80 years., European Journal of Agronomy 53:45-­-55   Read More...
Barrios-­Masias, F.H., Chetelat, R.T., Grulke, N.E., Jackson L.E. 2014, Use of introgression lines to determine the ecophysiological basis for changes in water use efficiency and yield in California processing tomatoes., Functional Plant Biology 41:119-­-132   Read More...