Dive deep into sustainable plant production

Last changed: 03 October 2022

Which factors and processes affect the sustainability and multifunctionality of agricultural, horticultural and forest production systems? How does climate change affect todays and future plant production? If you want to understand the challenges of sustainable plant production this is a course for you. It is a unique course that covers different scales from cells, to the whole plant to the fields.

The course offers a synthesis and further deepening of the basic principles of sustainable production in agriculture, horticulture, and forestry.  You will deepen your understanding of the origin of cultivated plants, the basic breeding strategies, as well as their molecular and physiological features relevant for sustainable production.


We will discuss various trade-offs between biological plant characteristics and adaptation to changing climates, plant-plant interaction and plant-microbe interaction. After the course you will be able to evaluate the impacts of different management solutions on the production and yield of cultivated plants, with reference to different criteria for sustainability and multifunctionality. You will also be able to plan and execute the research activities necessary to answer specific research questions in the subject area.

Interdisciplinary study environment

To succeed with sustainable plant production we need research from many disciplines: plant biology and ecology, plant breeding, modelling and plant production. Our students can have different study backgrounds ranging from biology, agronomy, horticulture and forestry. So if you take this course you will find a stimulating and interdisciplinary study environment

The course is given in Plant Biology for Sustainable Production - Master´s programme, Agriculture Programme - Soil/Plant, Agriculture Programme - Soil/Plant (270hec) and Forest Science - Master´s Programme. You can choose Uppsala or Alnarp.

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