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Maria Ernfors

Maria Ernfors
Associate Senior Lecturer in Cropping Systems Ecology, with a focus on soil, greenhouse gas emissions, carbon and nitrogen


I take an interest in carbon and nitrogen cycling in cropping systems, with a focus on how management and systems design influence greenhouse gas emissions, nitrogen dynamics and soil carbon sequestration.


I am responsible for the course ”BI1220, Sustainable soil management in agroecosystems”, which is part of the Lantmästare program. My teaching is mainly related to soil science and climate change.



MSc in Agriculture, specialising in Soil and Plant Science, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 2001

PhD in Natural Science, specialising in Environmental Science, University of Gothenburg, 2009

Selected publications

Hydbom, S., Ernfors, M., Birgander, J., Hollander, J., Jensen, E.S., Olsson, P.A. 2017.Reduced tillage stimulated symbiotic fungi and microbial saprotrophs, but did not lead to a shift in the saprotrophic microorganism community structure. Applied Soil Ecology 119, 104-114. Doi:10.1016/j.apsoil.2017.05.032.

Cahalan, E., Ernfors, M., Müller, C., Devaney, D., Laughlin, R.J., Watson, C.J., Hennessy, D., Khalil, M.I., McGeough, K.L., Richards, K.G. 2015. The effect of the nitrification inhibitor dicyandiamide (DCD) on nitrous oxide and methane emissions after cattle slurry application to Irish grassland. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 199, 339-349. Doi:10.1016/j.agee.2014.09.008.

Ernfors, M., Brennan, F.P., Richards, K.G., McGeough, K.L., Griffiths, B.S., Laughlin, R.J., Watson, C.J., Philippot, L., Grant, J., Minet, E.P., Moynihan, E., Müller, C. 2014. The nitrification inhibitor dicyandiamide increases mineralization-immobilization turnover in slurry-amended grassland soil. Journal of Agricultural Science, 152, 137-149. Doi:10.1017/S0021859613000907.

McGeough, K.L., Müller, C.,Laughlin, R.J., Watson, C.J.,Ernfors, M., Cahalan, E., Richards, K.G. 2014. The effect of dicyandiamide addition to cattle slurry on soil gross N transformations at a grassland site in Northern Ireland. Journal of Agricultural Science 152, 125-136. Doi:10.1017/S0021859613000762.

Ernfors, M., Rütting, T., Klemedtsson, L. 2011. Increased nitrous oxide emissions from a drained organic forest soil after exclusion of ectomycorrhizal mycelia. Plant and Soil 343, 161-170. Doi:10.1007/s11104-010-0667-9.

Researcher, Associate Senior Lecturer at the Institutionen för biosystem och teknologi
Telephone: 040-41 51 45
Work description: Cropping systems, soil, nitrogen, carbon, greenhouse gases, 15N
Postal address:
Biosystem och Teknologi, Box 103
230 53 ALNARP
Visiting address: Sundsvägen 16, Alnarp

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