Diversified farming

Last changed: 04 October 2021

The Bommarco lab analyses how diversified farming affects crop yield and ecosystem functions in crop production. We assess options for adaptation and mitigation of climate change and biodiversity decline.

Diversified farming, crop yield and climate

Farming can be diversifed in many ways. For instanceby growing more crop species in the rotation ,  or enhancing soil life with organic amendments. We  examine how diversified farming affect the delivery of multiple ecosystem functions such as crop yield, biological pest regulation and nutrient cycling. We perform synthesis based on information from the literature and yield data from long term agricultural experiments to examine impact of climate change, including extreme weather events, on crop yields.

Phd students Alessio Costa

Postdoc Monique Smith

Collaborators: Dr. Giulia Vico, Prof. Sara Hallin, Prof. Giuliano Di Baldassarre, Prof Amelie Gaudin, Prof Timothy Bowles 

Economy of diversified farming

In interdisciplinary collaborative research including expertise in economy, agronomy, ecology and geography, we follow trends and assess how implementation of agroecological practices among Swedish farmers, such as diversified crop production and mixed livestocks-crop farming, affect farm economic viability and outcomes. We mine large long-term data bases of crop production and farm business economics and track trends and outcomes at farm to regional and national levels in the past 20 years.

Postdoc Henning Schaak 

Collaborators: Dr Pia Nilsson, Prof Helena Hansson, Dr Brian Kuns