Plant protection in agriculture and forestry

Last changed: 05 December 2018

Our research contributes to sustainable methods of protecting agricultural crops and forests against pests. More knowledge is needed about the interaction between insect pests, their enemies and the plants and trees that they attack. We also conduct research on how crops can be protected against larger animals like cranes, geese and wild boars.


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Research groups

We have two units that focus on plant protection: Agricultural entomology and Forest entomology. Here you can find all our research groups  

Examples of projects

The large pine weevil, Hylobius abietis  

Contact: Göran Nordlander, Adriana Puentes

Spruce bark beetle, Ips typographus

Contact: Martin Schroeder, Åke Lindelöw

Dispersal ability of a forest pest insect and its specialist parasitoids               

Contact: Maartje Klapwijk

Primed for defence by volatiles from neighbouring plants     

Contact: Adriana Puentes

Establishment and early detection of invasive forest pest insects

Read more at Formas Web Site

Contact: Martin Schroeder

Mitigating conflicts between conservation and farming: Predicting hotspots of crop damage caused by large grazing birds at national and local level

Contact Johan Månsson

Deer grazing on crop - an underreported phenomenon?

Contact: Petter Kjellander

Mapping food webs for efficient natural control of insects


Can redundant predator communities contribute to stable biological control in the future?


The effect of flower strips on beneficial and pest soil fauna

Contact: Maria Viketoft

Could Biodiversity Assure Weed regulation for Resilient Ecosystem service provision? (BioAWARE)

Read the article Weed seed predation – an overlooked ecosystem service

Read more at the Bommarco lab page

Contact: Eirini Daouti

Integrated pest management of flea beetles in spring oilseed rape

Read more at the Bommarco lab page

Contact: Ola Lundin 

Mapping food webs for an efficient natural control of insect pests

Read more at the Bommarco lab page

Contact: Guillermo Aguilera Nuñez

Appeal - Assessment and valuation of Pest suppression Potential through biological control in European Agricultural Landscapes

Appeal -  more information about the project 




Åke Lindelöw Field Entomologist
Department of Ecology, SLU
018-672337, 070-6433317

Christer Björkman, professor in forest entomology
Department of Ecology, SLU  +46 (0)18-671532, 0705-581532

Riccardo Bommarco, Professor
Department of Ecology, SLU, +46 18 67 24 23