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.


2015-02-15 -  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.
2014-12-12 -  Book on climate-smart landscapes
At the climate change conference in Lima, Peru (COP 20) a new book were presented, "Climate-Smart Landscapes: Multifunctionality in Practice". Researchers at SLU have contributed to the book.
2014-11-10 -  A Calculation Tool for Analyzing Nitrogen Use Efficiency in Annual and Perennial Crops
In a recent article Martin Weih presents a calculation tool to analyze how efficient different crops utilize nutrients. The tool can be applied to various crops from cereal to perennial energy crops, and...
2014-11-10 -  Fungicides decrease fungal community evenness
A new study, published in the journal PLoS ONE demonstrated that fungicides commonly used in cereal production also affect non-target fungi living on the leaves negatively.
2014-10-22 -  Can plant diversity reduce the need for control measures?
Plants are known to ‘communicate’ with one another via airborne molecules.

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 018-67 23 61

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

Director of postgraduate studies:
Lars Andersson, phone: +46 (0)18 67 33 66

Page updated: 2014-11-12.

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