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.    



2015-10-09 -  Optimizing Crops for Biocontrol of Pests and Disease
Volatile compounds and extrafloral nectar are common defenses of wild plants; however, in crops they bear an as-yet underused potential for biological control of pests and diseases, according to an article...
2015-10-09 -  New book: Climate Change and Insect Pests
Insects as cold-blooded animals are among the organisms most likely to respond to changes in climate, particularly in the case of increased temperatures. Range expansions, physiological and phenological...
2015-08-12 -  Flower strips most effective in moderately complex agricultural landscapes
It is in moderately complex landscapes that it is most effective to deploy local conservation management measures to enhance biodiversity, such as flowering border zones. The SLU-researcher Mattias Jonsson...
2015-07-08 -  Time will tell: resource continuity bolsters ecosystem services
To develop more targeted means to promote ecosystem services, we need a solid understanding of the limitations to population growth for service-providing organisms, according to an article in Trends in...
2015-07-07 -  Tundra study uncovers impact of climate warming in the Arctic
Significant changes in one of the Earth’s most important ecosystems are not only a symptom of climate change, but may fuel further warming, research suggests.


Postal address

Department of Ecology
Box 7044
75007 Uppsala

Visiting address

Ulls väg 16
Ultuna, Uppsala 






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