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Christine Watson

Guest Researcher at SLU and Professor of Agricultural Systems at SRUC


I am a guest researcher 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 improving nutrient use efficiency in a wide range of agricultural systems including outdoor pig production, dairying, organic farming and agroforestry. I am particularly interested in the management of legumes in agricultural systems and was the Scientific Coordinator of the EU Legume Futures project.

I am currently President of the European Society of Agronomy (2014-2016) and Vice President of the Association of Applied Biologists (2015-2017). Currently I serve on the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Agronomy. I am also involved in teaching the SRUC MSc Organic Farming course by distance learning.



I co-supervise 3 PhD students in SLU:

Raj Chongtham

Tarirai Muoni

Moritz Reckling

Selected publications

Chongtham, I.R., Bergkvist, G., Watson, C., Sandström, E., Bengtsson, J. & Öborn, I. (2016).  Factors influencing crop rotation strategies on organic farms with different time periods since conversion to organic production. Biological Agriculture & Horticulture (accepted)
Zander, P., Amjath-Babu, T.S., Preissel, S., Reckling, M., Bues, A., Schläfke, N., Kuhlman, T., Bachinger, J., Murphy-Bokern, D., Watson, C., Stoddard, F., Uthes, S. Can legume farming survive in Europe? A review on the drivers of its decline and the agro-economic challenges on its revival. Agronomy for Sustainable Development (Accepted)
Reckling , M.,  Hecker, J-M., Bergkvist, G., Watson, C.A., Zander, P., Schläfke, N., Stoddard, F.L.,  Eory, V., Topp, C.F.E., Maired, J. & Bachinger, J. (2015)  A cropping system assessment framework and its application to legumes. European Journal of Agronomy doi:10.1016/j.eja.2015.11.005
Bengtsson, H., Watson, C.A., Jonsson, S. & Öborn, I. (2015) Quantifying annual variations in field scale element budgets is essential for sustainable nutrient management in farming systems. Biological Agriculture & Horticulture 132, 110-126
Smith LG, Tarsitano D, Topp CFE, Jones SK, Gerrard CL, Pearce BD, Williams AG & Watson CA. Predicting the effect of rotation design on N, P, K balances on organic farms using the NDICEA model. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems
Storkey J, Döring, T., Baddeley, J., Collins, R., Roderick, S., Jones, H. & Watson, C.  (2015) Engineering a plant community to deliver multiple ecosystem services. Ecological Applications 25, 1034–1043.
Brooker, R.W., Bennett, A.E., Cong-W-F, Daniell, T.J., George, T.S., Hallett, P.D., Hawes, C., Iannetta, P.P.M., Jones, H.G., Karley, A.J., Li, L., McKenzie, B.M., Pakeman, R.J., Paterson, E., Schöb, C., Shen, J,, Squire, G., Watson, C.A., Zhang, C., Zhang, F., Zhang, J. & White, P.J. (2015) Improving intercropping: A synthesis of research in agronomy, plant physiology and ecology. New Phytologist 206, 107-117.
Lindström, B.E.M, Frankow-Lindberg, B.E., Dahlin, A.S., Watson, C.A., & Wivstad, M. (2014). Effect of site and red clover proportion on micronutrient concentrations in forage mixtures. Field Crops Research 169, 99-106.
Ball, B.C., Griffiths, B.S., Topp, C.F.E., Wheatley, R., Walker, R.L., Rees, R.M., Watson, C.A., Gordon, H., Hallett, P.D., McKenzie, B.M. & Nevison, I.M. (2014) Seasonal nitrous oxide emissions from field soils under reduced tillage, compost application or organic farming. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 189, 171-80.
Lindström, B.E.M, Frankow-Lindberg, B.E., Dahlin, A.S., Watson, C.A., & Wivstad, M. (2013). Micronutrient concentrations in relation to phenological development of red clover (Trifolium pratense L.), perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) and timothy (Phleum pratense L.). Grass & Forage Science 69, 276-284.
Lindström, B.E.M., Frankow-Lindberg, B.E., Dahlin, A.S., Wivstad, M. & Watson, C.A. (2013). Micronutrient concentrations and off-take of common and novel forage species and varieties grown on two contrasting soils. Grass and Forage Science 68, 427-36.