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Elsa Lagerquist

Elsa Lagerquist
I am an agronomist with a specialisation in crop and soil sciences. At the moment I am doing a PhD in Cropping system research. In my PhD project I am studying a system where leguminous cover crops are grown as companion crops with cereals, to get more ecosystem services out of the cropping system.


I am an agronomist with a specialisation in crop and soil sciences. I graduated from SLU 2016. After graduation I worked for about a year at the Department of Soil and Environment at SLU, in the Soil Management group as a field assistent. I started my PhD at the Department of Crop Production Ecology, and the group Agricultural Cropping Systems, at SLU during the summer of 2017. I joined my supervisor Göran Bergkvist on a project studying reduced tillage and cover crops in organic cereal based systems.

In the project I am working in we are investigating if we can get multiple services from the cropping system if we add leguminous crops as companion crop to cereals. In Sweden, the short growing season makes it difficult to obtain sufficient amounts of biomass to get a positive effect of an cover crop. We have made the period as long as possible by relay intercropping in both ends of the legume crop. The data come from six experiments in southern Sweden. The data will be analysed both statistiscaly and by modelling with APSIM, to analyse what has happened in the field and the long-term impacts of this system.

My main interest is on deepening the knowledge on multifunctional cropping systems from an ecological perspective and how we can promote soil fertility and an active soil life.


I am helping out with some of the Department's teaching, both on Bachelor and Master level. I have supervised a handful of group projects and co-supervised one MS thesis. I have also been the supervisor of four interns.


In the project I work in we cooperate with Hushållningssällskapet, an advisory service company, a group of farmers and a machine developer. I really enjoy working with other stakeholders and close to the practise, to see the practical implementation and make sure we work on issuses of importance.


BS in Biology SLU 2014

MS in Biology SLU 2016

Agronomy diploma SLU 2016


Doctoral Student at the Department of Crop Production Ecology; Agricultural cropping systems
Telephone: +4618672055, +460705582901
Postal address:
Inst för växtproduktionsekologi, Box 7043
Visiting address: Ulls väg 16, Uppsala