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.


2016-03-02 -  Divergences between experiments and commercial willow plantations
A study that was published in Bioenergy Research tries to answer how the yield range of small size experimental plots compares to large-scale commercial implementation. The results from this study can...
2016-03-01 -  Better predictions of yields from willow plantations in different climate zones
Spatially accurate and reliable estimates from fast-growing willow plantations are an important factor for planning energy supply. A study, published in GCB-Bioenergy, aims at estimating the spatial distribution...
2015-12-21 -  Better guidance to poplar plantation owners in the future
When should poplar plantations be harvested? And what is the optimal planting density for production in Sweden? Researchers at SLU will answer these questions in a pilot project.
2015-11-27 -  Plant volatiles can disrupt aphid orientation
Aphids use plant volatiles to find their host plants, and you can disrupt their orientation by manipulating the odor of a crop. This has been shown by scientists at the Department of Crop Production Ecology....
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...


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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: 2016-03-06.

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