Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Department of Crop Production Ecology

Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Department of Crop Production Ecology


The main interests of the Department of Crop Production Ecology include research, consultancy and teaching within two major areas: cropping systems ecology, and functional ecology of crops, weeds and pests.

The mission is to investigate, identify and develop sustainable agro-ecosystems, with the aim of improving productivity and sustainability of food, feed and fuel crops, as well as cropping systems. Expertise in various disciplines (soil science, ecology, plant physiology, statistics, meteorology, computer simulation) is integrated to address the research tasks. As important complements to, and opportunities for, research activities, the department is involved in many teaching and outreach activities and is also commissioned to conduct the official variety testing of forage, potato and cereal crops in Sweden. The department is in charge of the Ekhaga research station, which offers excellent facilities for field experimentation in organic farming. Much of the research and teaching is carried out in cooperation with colleagues throughout Europe.

Our research subjects are:

  • Agricultural Cropping Systems deals with agricultural crop production as an ecological system for food and feed production.
  • Short Rotation Forestry carries out research and development on sustainable production of wood biomass, mainly for energy purposes, and on the possibilities of using quick-growing deciduous trees as filter vegetation for dealing with waste products from society.
  • Weed biology and weed control focus on the ecological interactions and adaptive traits, which determine the success of a potentially weedy plant species in the agro-ecosystem.
  • Plant ecology deals with the functional interactions between plants and between plants and the environment.

The department also hosts the Centre for Organic Food and Farming (EPOK), which is a cooperative body for researchers, departments and faculties at SLU, as well as other universities and external stakeholders, with the mission to integrate and initiate research and education and to communicate research on organic production and consumption.


2015-11-05 -  Plant smell can be used to protect crops against viruses
Plant viruses transmitted by insects pose a major threat to agriculture, especially under a changing future climate. A recently published study may be a first step to protecting crops from viruses spread...
2015-10-08 -  Influence of genetically modified organisms on agro-ecosystem processes
Anna-Karin Kolseth at the department of Crop Production Ecology has together with collegues evaluated the direct and indirect trait-specific effects of GM plants, microbes, and animals on ecosystem processes...
2015-06-11 -  Old wheat varieties can solve contemporary problems
Agriculture will have to produce more food but with less environmental impact. Old wheat varieties can help us to reach that goal. Researchers at SLU and Isfahan University of Technology in Iran have shown...
2015-04-10 -  Reduced tillage in organic agriculture
Reduced tillage is one way to support soil fertility on organic farms. It is not very common in organic agriculture today as it might create intense weed pressure. Researchers from SLU will participate...
2015-02-15 -  Salix-project connected to global network of tree diversity experiments
TreeDivNet is a global network of tree diversity experiments, which provides a unique platform for research on the relation between tree species diversity and ecosystem functioning in major forest types...
2015-02-09 -  Speech: The future of Swedish agriculture
Anna Lehrman held a speech about the future of Swedish agriculture at the Commemorative Meeting of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry.


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Head of the department

Martin Weih, phone: +46 (0)18 67 25 43

Deputy Head of Department:
Paula Persson, phone: 
+46 (0)18 67 23 58 / +46 (0)70-53 24 817

Director of administration:
Per-Erik Holmlund, telefon +46 (0)18-67 23 61

Director of master studies: 
Birgitta Båth, phone: +46 (0)18 67 23 10

Director of postgraduate studies:
Ioannis Dimitriou, +46 (0)18 672553, +46 (0)70 2474583 

Page updated: 2015-09-11.

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