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Christine Watson

Christine Watson


I am a guest professor at SLU based in the Department of Crop Production Ecology at Uppsala working with Göran Bergkvist and Ingrid Öborn. My home institution is SRUC in Scotland UK. My research focuses on soil and nutrient management in a wide range of organic and conventional agricultural systems. I am particularly interested in crop diversity and how this can contribute to the development of resilient agricultural systems.

In 2019 I was the KSLA Wallenberg professor at SLU and continue to visit SLU on a regular basis.


I am part of the FORMAS Constraints project with Lund University which addresses the expansion of organic farming in the Swedish plains. I also work in the Horizon Europe Intercrop Values project which includes SLU partners in Alnarp. Through my research in Scotland I also work in the EU MIXED project led by Aarhus Unversity. Other European projects include Mi Bicycle (led by Wageningen University) and the CLEAR project (led by ZALF).


I represent my UK insitution (SRUC) in the GCUA 2030 (Global Challenges University Alliance) led from SLU


I currently co-supervise 3 PhD students at SLU:

Tove Ortman

Rafaelle Reumaux

Fatima El Khosht

Selected publications

Lagerquist, E., Vogeler, I., Kumar, U., Bergkvist, G., Lana, M., Watson, C.A., Parson, D. (2024) Assessing the effect of intercropped leguminous service crops on main crops and soil processes using APSIM NG. Agricultural Systems 216, 103884

van Loon, M.P., Alimagham, S., Pronk, A., Fodor , N., Ion, V., Kryvoshein, O.,  Ryvobok, O.,  Marrou, H., Mihail, R.,  Mínguez, M.I. , Pulina, A., Reckling, M., Rittler, L.,   Roggero, P.P., Stoddard, F.L., Topp, C.F.E., van der Wel, J., Watson, C. & van Ittersum, M.K. (2023) Grain legume production in Europe for food, feed and meat-substitution. Global Food Security 39, 100723

Reumaux, R., Chopin, P., Bergkvist, G., Watson, C.A. and Öborn, I., (2023). Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS) data allows identification of crop sequence patterns and diversity in organic and conventional farming systems. European Journal of Agronomy, 149, p.126916. 

Daykin, G.M., Aizen, M.A., Barrett, L.G., Bartlett, L.J., Batáry, P., Garibaldi, L.A., Güncan, A., Gutam, S., Maas, B., Mitnala, J., Montaño-Centellas, F., Muoni, T., Öckinger, E., Okechalu, O., Ostler, R., Potts, S.G., Rose, D.C.,  Topp, C.F.E., Usieta, H.O., Utoblo, O.G., Watson, C.,  Zou, Y., Sutherland, W.J. & Hood, A.S.C. (2023) AgroEcoList 1.0: A checklist to improve reporting standards in ecological research in agriculture. PLoS ONE 18(6): e0285478.

Ortman, T., Sandström, E., Bengtsson, J., Watson, C.A. and Bergkvist, G., 2023. Farmers’ motivations for landrace cereal cultivation in Sweden. Biological Agriculture & Horticulture, pp.1-22.

Smith, M.E., Vico, G., Costa, A., Bowles, T., Gaudin, A.C.M., Hallin, S., Watson, C.A., Alarcòn, R., Berti, A., Blecharczyk, A., Calderon, F.J., Culman, S., Deen, W., Drury, C.F., Garcia y Garcia, A., García-Díaz, A., Hernández Plaza, E., Jonczyk, K., Jäck, O., Lehman, R.M., Montemurro, F.,  Morari, F., Onofri, A., Osborne, S.L.,  Pasamón, J.L.T., Sandström, B., Santín-Montanyá, I., Sawinska, Z., Schmer, M.R., Stalenga, J., Strock, J., Tei, F., Topp, C.F.E., Ventrella, D., Walker, R.L. & Bommarco, R. (2023) Increasing crop rotational diversity can enhance cereal yields.  Communications Earth Environment 4, 89 (2023).

Chopin, P.G.B., Menegat, A., Bergkvist, G., Dahlke, S., Jäck, O., Karlsson, I., Lana, M., Ortman, T., Remeaux, R., Öborn, I. & Watson, C.A. (2023) The reflection of principles and values in worldwide organic agricultural research viewed through a crop diversification lens. A bibliometric review. Agronomy for Sustainable Development

Reckling, M, Albertsson, J., Vermue, A., Carlsson, G., Watson, C.A., Justes, E., Bergkvist, G., Jensen, E.S., Topp, C.F.E. (2022). Diversification improves the performance of cereals in European cropping systems. Agron. Sustain. Dev. 42, 118.

Willoughby, C., Topp, C.F.E, Hallett, P., Stockdale, E.A., Walker, R.L., Hilton, A. & Watson, C.A. (2022) New approach combining food value with nutrient budgeting provides insights into the value of alternative farming systems. Food and Energy Security

Lagerquist, E., Menegat, A., Dahlin, A.S., Parsons, D., Watson, C., Ståhl, P., Gunnarsson, A. & Bergkvist, G., 2022. Temporal and Spatial Positioning of Service Crops in Cereals Affects Yield and Weed Control. Agriculture, 12(9), p.1398.

MacLaren, C., Mead, A., van Balen, D., Claessens, L., Etana, A., de Haan, J., Haagsma, W., Jäck, O., Keller, T., Labuschagne, J., Myrbeck, Å., Necpalova, M., Nziguheba, G., Six, J., Strauss, J., Swanepoel, P., Thierfelder, C., Topp, C., Tshuma, F., Verstegen, H., Walker, R., Watson, C., Wesselink, M. & Storkey, J. (2022). Long-term evidence for ecological intensification as a pathway to sustainable agriculture. Nature Sustainability

Meunier, C., Casagrande, M., Rosiès, B., Bedoussac, L., Topp, C.F.E., Walker, R.L., Watson, C.A. & Martin, G. (2022). Interplay: A game for the participatory design of locally adapted cereal–legume intercrops. Agricultural Systems 201, 103438.


Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Crop Production Ecology; Agrara odlingssystem Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Crop Production Ecology; Agricultural cropping systems
Telephone: +441224711143, +447703528158
Postal address:
Inst för växtproduktionsekologi, Box 7043
Visiting address: Ulls väg 16

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