Agricultural entomology

Last changed: 08 January 2021
Green spider on a blade of grass. Photo.

Agricultural entomology is a multidisciplinary area of research with collaborationwith other units both within and outside of the department. Simply described agricultural entomology is applied ecology with roots in plant protection and thepopulation dynamics of insects.

The focus of the agricultural entomology unit is not only insect pests, but also the beneficial arthropods found in the agroecosystem that contribute to ecosystem services such as biological control and pollination. An important component of our research in plant protection is the interaction among pest insects, their natural enemies and alternative prey.

Among our research tools are molecular methods used to describe food webs in agricultural settings where insect pests are an important component. These tools are also used for diagnosis of bee diseases and the genetic profiles of insects. Our research contains a landscape perspective that includes the importance of the surrounding environment for both conservation biological control and pollination. We work with crop pollination by wild and domesticated insects, mainly honey bees.

Our research on beekeeping and bee health is not only important globally, but also unique in Sweden.

More information

Projects and publications on our researchers cv pages

Bommarco lab - biodiversity, diversifying and ecosystem services

Ninkovic lab - plant communication and sustainable crop protection 

Honey bee research 

Flowering plants together with oats.
Increasing diversity in crop production systems benefits ecosystem services and biodiversity without compromising crop yields. An international research group found this by analyzing nearly 42,000 comparisons between diversified and simplified agricultural practices. Photo: Anna Lundmark
Ladybug eating aphids.
Interaction between natural enemies, pests and plants is an important part of our research. Photo: Sate Al Abbasi
Bumblebee pollinating faba bean flower.
Insect pollination increased faba bean yields substantially, also during water stress and aphid attack, according to our results. Photo: Chloë Radershall
Bee hives.
PoshBee aims to support healthy bee populations, sustainable beekeeping and pollination across Europe. Integrating the knowledge and experience of academics, beekeepers and farmers. Photo: Joachim De Miranda
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