Simplified crop rotations, excessive fertilizer usage, and overreliance on herbicides for weed control have resulted in a multitude of complex issues in modern agroecosystems. These include the rapid expansion of herbicide-resistant weed populations, contamination of the environment and the food chain with pesticides, health hazards for pesticide users and consumers, and an immense loss in biodiversity. Today's weed communities are generally dominated by a few highly adaptable species, which are challenging to control through strategies solely based on direct weed control measures. To address these challenges, there is a need for cross-scale and multidisciplinary research and teaching aimed at improving environmental, social, and economic sustainability in modern cropping systems.
My research aims to investigate the impact of diversifying cropping systems on the provision of ecosystem services. Specifically, my focus is on how diversification affects the composition of arable plant communities, and subsequently, functional trait diversity in agroecosystems. In my research, I employ participatory techniques wherein farmers, advisors and researchers collaborate to design and evaluate cropping systems in short- and long-term field tests. In addition to my core research activities, I have a keen interest in the environmental, social and economic impacts of agroecosystem management.
I am leading the Master course "Sustainable Plant Production". The course is part of the Master program in Plant Biology for Sustainable Production.
I am leading the following research projects:
- IMPULSE - Fostering organic cultivation of grain legumes; a multi-scale feasibility study for soybean and lupin production in Sweden (FORMAS). (2019 - 2024)
- PADILSO - Participatory design of innovative crop management strategies for lupine and soybean production in organic farming (Ekhaga Foundation). (2022 - 2024)
- Preparing for the future: sustainable cropping systems without glyphosate (SLF). (2020 - 2023)
- Facilitating reduced and no-tillage organic grain legume production systems (EkoForsk). (2020 - 2023)
- Sustainable control of grass weeds in intensive cereal cropping systems (long-term trial financed by the NJ faculty, SLU). (2012 - 2022)
- EcoServ: Long-term evaluation of agroecosystem functioning along a cropping system diversification gradient (long-term trial financed by the NJ faculty). (2021 - )
- since 2023 Senior Lecturer (Docent) in Plant Ecology, SLU Department of Crop Production Ecology
- 2019 - 2023 Associate Senior Lecturer in Plant Ecology, SLU Department of Crop Production Ecology
- 2015 - 2019 Postdoctor at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Crop Production Ecology
- 2012 - 2015 Postdoctor at University of Hohenheim, Institute for Phytomedicine
- 2012 Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences, University of Hohenheim, Germany
- 2008 Master in Agricultural Sciences, University of Hohenheim, Germany, Major: Crop Science
I am co-supervisor of Steffen Dahlke and Elsa Lagerkvist.