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

Department of Ecology

Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Ecology


Comprehensive knowledge of species ecology and ecosystem functions is the foundation of sustainable forestry and agriculture. Within the ecology department we conduct both empirical and theoretical research that can provide knowledge for efficient conservation, efficacious plant protection as well as sustainable forest and crop production.

We study the influence of climate change on soil, plants, and animals. Solutions are sought that will preserve threatened species, benefit biological diversity, and control pests. These divergent goals require a broad understanding of ecological interactions in nature. Populations, communities, and ecosystems are central concepts.     

Our goal is pursued through our research, educational programs and outreach activities. Basic research is a strong element of the department’s activities, but at the same time most of the research has strong ties to important applications and societal questions. International collaboration is an integral part of departmental activities.    



2016-04-28 -  Support biological control of aphids by supporting spiders and carabids in cereal fields
Ground dwelling predators, such as ground beetles and spiders, help to control aphids and other pests in agriculture. And the more species there are of such natural enemies in a field, the more stable...
2016-03-11 -  Mosquito CSI – Bacteria reveal information of recent events in a mosquito’s life
Researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Uppsala University in Sweden, and the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), University of Greenwich, UK have found that the bacteria...
2016-03-09 -  National Parks as Refuges for Illegal Killing of Large Carnivores
Three species of large carnivores all suffered higher risk of illegal killing inside three large national parks than in surrounding unprotected areas in northern Sweden, according to a study published...
2016-03-01 -  The subject area Ecology is important for SLU
The yearly report for SLU 2015 shows that the subject ecology is one of the most successful at SLU! One example is that a paper with at least one SLU author within the area of ecology is cited on average...
2016-01-19 -  Research on dung beetles is far from boring
In a blog Tomas Roslin at the department of ecology and his colleague Eleanor Slade describes different approaches to learn more about the role of dung beetles in the ecosystem. One example is that they...


Postal address

Department of Ecology
Box 7044
75007 Uppsala

Visiting address

Ulls väg 16
Ultuna, Uppsala 






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