Plant Nutrition and Soil Fertility

Last changed: 12 October 2020
A man with a cap in a large hole in the ground, photo.

Plant nutrients are essential inorganic ions taken up by plants for synthesis and growth. Plants do not distinguish between nutrients from soil, manure or mineral fertilizer. Understanding processes controlling the availability of nutrients to crops, and mechanisms increasing soil fertility over time are central in our research.

We conduct research in the following areas:

The staff in our research group

Two pictures next to each other, one with a soil profile and one with a field, photo.
The Swedish long-term soil fertility experiments started in 1956 with the objectives to follow up the consequences of agricultural production systems for the long-term fertility of arable soils, to provide a basis for soil evaluation and soil conservation and to create and maintain different conditions in soil as a platform for research and reference. Photos: Magnus Simonsson and Gunnar Börjesson.


Professor Holger Kirchmann

Department of Soil and Environment, 018-672292

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