- 25 November 2022 Herd immunity in food crops for increased food safety Can heard immunity in food crops be achieved through speckled use of resistant cultivars, biocontrol and chemical fungicides? This will be investigated in a new research project at SLU financed by Formas.
- 24 November 2022 Weed seed predation depends on agricultural intensity Field management intensity weakens the ecosystem service of weed seed predation. This is shown by SLU researchers in a new study. In addition, a new metric was developed that can assess the strength of weed seed predation.
- 24 November 2022 New research grants for spruce breeding and mechanisms behind a cereal disease Vahideh Rafiei and Malin Elfstrand have been awarded research grants from Formas' open call for research on fungi that cause diseases on cereals and spruce breeding.
- 17 November 2022 Soil fungal conservation values and contributions to soil carbon dynamics How fast soil organisms in boreal forests break down and store carbon has great significance for Earth's climate. If the species composition of soil fungi and associated vegetation changes, it can have a major impact on carbon storage. Many symbiotic mycorrhizal fungi are also red-listed, but the connection between currently assessed conservation values and mycorrhizal fungi is weak. This is shown by Louis Mielke in a new doctoral thesis.
Plant protection for the future
Plant protection is about protecting plants from diseases, pests, weather damage, weeds and invasive species. The subject area is of great economic importance for the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors. Plant protection includes plant health and research on measures that combat and prevent pests from spreading, as well as research on ecosystem services.