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Göran Bergkvist

Göran Bergkvist
Associate professor and senior lecturer in crop production science. I teach and do research about cropping systems and the interaction with the cultivated crops and the production system. The focus in my research is on the design and evaluation of cropping systems where inputs are replaced by ecosystem services.


I am responsible for the crop and crop managment parts of the Agricultural cropping system unit at the Department of Crop Production Ecology. I am Vice Dean of Agricultural Sciences at the Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences (NJ), member of the Faculty board, chairman of the SLU Cropping System Platform, chairman of the Field Research Unit, a joint venture between SLU and stakeholders in agricultural field research, and chairman of the Management board for long-term experiments. 


I teach at all levels on courses related to crop production ecology on topics such as crop production in relation to environmental conditions, cereals, competition in short lived plant stands, crop rotations, cropping systems etc. I am the main supervisor of four PhD students and assistant supervisor of another two.


I do research un subsidiary crops and their functions in cropping systems, particularly in the context of the need to develop cropping systems that are adapted to and help mitigate climate change, are less dependent on chemicals to preserve their function, reduce risk of polution, as well as enhance and take benefit from biodiversity. I also do reserach on crops and how to growth them for increased ecological and economical value. The research takes advantage of the knowledge farmers have and test hypotheses in experiments that are evaluated from an agronomical, food science and social science (consumer testing) perspective. A third topic is based on knowledege collected at farms and in long term experiments and investigate the importance of climate and managment for the production of ecosystem services, mainly those relating to production. A fourth topic investigate  plant traits and how they interact with managment and the environment. I am highly dependent on researchers from other disciplines to conduct my research, e.g. researchers in ecology, soil science, social science, plant pathology, food science.


I am the main supervisor of PhD-students Elsa Lagerquist, Tove Ortman, Steffen Dahlke and Miguel Romero, and assistant supervisor of Do Van Hung and Rafaelle Reumaux. The following PhD-students gained their PhD degree under my supervision: Tarirai Muoni (2019, assistant supervisor), Moritz Reckling (2018, main supervisor), Raj Chongtham (2016, assistant), Björn Ringselle (2015, assistant), Linnea Asplund (2014, assistant), Shakhawat Hossain (2013, assistant) och Lena Engström (2010, assistant). Post docs under my supervision:  Pierre Chopin (2017-2020), Marcos Lana (2017-2019) and Björn Ringselle (2015-2017).

Selected publications

In peer reviewed journals

Some publications directed to stakholders in Swedish agriculture are presented on the Swedish web site (in Swedish).

Do, V.H, La, N., Mulia, R., Bergkvist, G., Dahlin, A.S. , Nguyen, V.T,  Pham, H.T. and Öborn, I. (2020) Fruit tree-based agroforestry systems for
smallholder farmers in northwest Vietnam—a quantitative and qualitative assessment. Land 9, 451; doi:10.3390/land9110451

Morel, J., Parsons, D., Halling, M.A., Kumar, U., Peake , A., Bergkvist, G. Brown, H. and Hetta , M. (2020) Challenges for Simulating Growth and Phenology of Silage Maize in a Nordic Climate with APSIM. Agronomy 2020, 10, 645; doi:10.3390/agronomy10050645

Nkurunziza, L., Watson, C.A., Öborn, I, Smith, H.G., Bergkvist, G., Bengtsson, J. (2020) Socio-ecological factors determine crop performance in agricultural systems. Scientific Reports 10:4232. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-60927-1

Dahlin, I., Kiær, L.P., Bergkvist, G., Weih, M. &  Ninkovic, V. (2020) Plasticity of barley in response to plant neighbors in cultivar mixtures. Plant and Soil  447, 537–551.

Reckling, M., Bergkvist, G., Watson, C.A., Stoddard, F.L. and  Bachinger, J. (2020) Re-designing organic grain legume cropping systems using systems agronomy. European Journal of Agronomy 112.

Friberg, H., Persson, P., Funck Jensen, D. and  Bergkvist, G. (2019) Preceding crop and tillage system affect winter survival of wheat and the fungal communities on young wheat roots and in soil. FEMS Microbiology Letters, fnz189,

Muoni, T.,  Koomson, E., Öborn, Marohn, C., Watson, C.A., Bergkvist, G.,   Barnes, A.P.,  Cadisch, G. and Duncan, A.J. (2019) Reducing soil erosion in smallholder farming systems in east Africa through the introduction of different crop types.  Experimental Agriculture, 1–13. doi:10.1017/S0014479719000280

Reimer, M.,  Ringselle, B., Bergkvist, G., Westaway, S, Wittwer, R., Baresel, J.P., 7, van der Heijden, M.G.A., Mangerud, K., Finckh, M.R. and Brandsæter, L.O. (2019) Interactive effects of subsidiary crops and weed pressure in the transition period to non-inversion tillage, a case study of six sites across northern and central Europe.  Agronomy  9, 495. doi:10.3390/agronomy9090495

Muoni, T.,  Barnes, A.P., Öborn, I., Watson, C.A., Bergkvist, G.,  Shiluli, M. & Duncan, A.J. (2019) Farmer perceptions of legumes and their functions in smallholder farming systems in east Africa, International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, DOI: 10.1080/14735903.2019.1609166

Chopin, P, Bergkvist, G., Hossard, L. (2019) Modelling biodiversity change in agricultural landscape scenarios - A review and prospects for future research. Biological Conservation 235, 1-17.

Reckling, M, Döring, T. F., Bergkvist, G., Stoddard, F. L., Watson, C. A., Seddig, S., Chmielewski, F.-M., and Bachinger, J. (2018). Grain legume yields are as stable as other spring crops in long-term experiments across northern Europe. Agronomy for Sustainable Development, 38:63.

Zhou, Z., Palmborg, C., Ericson, L., Dryler, K., Lindgren, K., Bergkvist, G., Parsons, D. (2018) A 60-years old field experiment demonstrates the benefit of leys in the crop rotation, Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B — Soil & Plant Science . 69, 36–42. DOI: 10.1080/09064710.2018.1492010

Chopin, P., Guindé, L.,  Causeret, F., Bergkvist, G.,  Blazy, J.M. (2018) Integrating stakeholder preferences into assessment of scenarios for electricity production from locally produced biomass on a small island. Renewable Energy (2018), doi:10.1016/j.renene.2018.06.031

Pappa, R., Marinaria, S., Moscatelli, M.C., van der Heijden, M.G.A., Wittwer, R., Campiglia, E., Radicetti, E., Mancinelli, R., Fradgley, N., Pearce, B., Bergkvist, G., Finckh, M.R. (2018) Short-term changes in soil biochemical properties as affected by subsidiary crop cultivation in four European pedo-climatic zones. Soil & Tillage Research 180, 126–136.

Ringselle, B., Bertholtz, Magnuski, E., Mangerud, K., Brandsæter, L.O. & Bergkvist, G. (2018)Rhizome fragmentation by vertical discs reduces Elymus repens growth and benefits Italian ryegrass-white clover crops. Front. Plant Sci. 8:2243. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.02243

Kolberg, D., Brandsæter, L., Bergkvist, G., Solhaug, K., Melander, B., & Ringselle, B. (2017). Effect of Rhizome Fragmentation, Clover Competition, Shoot-Cutting Frequency, and Cutting Height on Quackgrass (Elymus repens). Weed Science, 1-11. doi:10.1017/wsc.2017.65

Schmidt, J.H., Bergkvist, G., Campiglia, E., Radicetti, E. Wittwer, R.A., Finckh, M.R. & Hallmann, J. (2017) Effect of tillage, subsidiary crops, and fertilization on plant-parasitic nematodes in a range of agro-environmental conditions within Europé. Annals of Applied Biology 171, 477–489. DOI: 10.1111/aab.12389

Nkurunziza, L., Chongtham, I.R.,  Watson, C.A., Marstorp,H., Öborn, I., Bergkvist, G., Bengtsson, J. (2017) Understanding effects of multiple farm management practices on barley performance. European Journal of Agronomy 90, 43–52.

St-Martin, A., Vico, G.,  Bergkvist, G. & Bommarco, R. (2017) Diverse cropping systems enhanced yield but did not improve yield stability in a 52-year long experiment. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 247 (2017) 337–34.

Watson, C.A., Reckling, M., Preissel, S., Bachinger, J., Bergkvist, G., Tom Kuhlman, T., Lindström, K.,  Nemecek, T.,  Topp, C.F.E., Vanhatalo, A., Zander, P.M., Murphy-Bokern, D. & Stoddard, F.L (2017) Grain legume production and use in European agricultural systems. Advances in Agronomy 144, 235-303.

Bergkvist, G., Ringselle, B.,  Magnuski, E., Mangerud, K. & Brandsaeter, L.O. (2017) Control of Elymus repens by rhizome fragmentation and repeated mowing in a newly established white clover sward. Weed Research 57, 172–181. DOI: 10.1111/wre.12246

Ringselle, B., Prieto-Ruiz, .I,  Andersson, L.,   Aronsson, H.,  Bergkvist, G. (2017) Elymus repens biomass allocation and acquisition as affected by light and nutrient supply and companion crop competition. Annals of Botany 119, 477-485. 

Chongtham, I.R.,  Bergkvist, G.,  Watson, C.A., Sandström, E., Bengtsson, J. &  Öborn, I. (2017) Factors influencing crop rotation strategies on organic farms with different time periods since conversion to organic production, Biological Agriculture & Horticulture 33, 14-27. DOI: 10.1080/01448765.2016.1174884

Iannetta PP, Young M, Bachinger J, Bergkvist G, Lopez-Bellido RJ, Doltra J, Monti M, Pappa V, Reckling M, Topp CF, Walker R, Rees RM, Watson CA, James EK, Squire GR and Begg GS (2016). A comparative nitrogen balance and productivity analysis of legume and non-legume supported cropping systems: the potential role of biological nitrogen fixation. Front. Plant Sci. 7:1700. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.01700 

Tidåker, P., Bergkvist, G., Bolinder, M., Eckersten, H., Johnsson, H., Kätterer, T., Weih, M. (2016)  Estimating the environmental footprint of barley with improvednitrogen uptake efficiency—a Swedish scenario study. European Journal of Agronomy 80, 45–54.

Reckling, M., Bergkvist, G., Watson, C.A., Stoddard, F.L.,Zander, P.M.,Walker, RL., Pristeri, A.,Toncea, I. and BachingerJ. (2016) Trade-offs between economic and environmental impacts of introducing legumes into cropping systems. Frontiers in Plant Science 7:669. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.00669

Reckling, M., Hecker, J-M., Bergkvist, G., Watson, C.,  Zander, P., Schläfke, N.,  Stoddard, F.L.,  Eory, V.,  Topp, C.F.E.,  Maire, J. & Bachinger, J.  (2016) A cropping system assessment framework: Assessing legumes at the cropping system scale. European Journal of Agronomy 76, 186–197. doi:10.1016/j.eja.2015.11.005

Ringselle, B., Bergkvist, G., Aronsson, H. & Andersson. L. (2016) Importance of timing and repetition of stubble cultivation for post-harvest control of Elymus repens. Weed Research 56, 41-49.

Asplund, L., Bergkvist, G. &  Weih, M. (2016) Functional traits associated with nitrogen use efficiency in wheat.  Acta Agriculture Scandinavica, Section B, Soil and Plant Science 66, 153-169. DOI: 10.1080/09064710.2015.1087586


Göran Bergkvist publications according to Google scholar

Senior Lecturer at the Department of Crop Production Ecology; Agricultural cropping systems
Telephone: +4618672910, +46703443462
Postal address:
Inst för växtproduktionsekologi, Box 7043
Visiting address: Ulls väg 16, Uppsala