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Mats Larsbo

Mats Larsbo
I am mainly doing research on solute transport in the unsaturated zone. My work spans from studies at the pore scale using X-ray tomography to the field scale where leaching of pesticides is the main focus. Numerical models are important tools in my research.


Researcher at the Department of Soil and Environment; Soil and Environmental Physics

Associate professor (Docent) in soil science (2015)
PhD in soil science (2005)


Course leader and teacher for Soil science for the environmental engineering program (MV0192)

Teacher in the courses Soil science (MV0219) and Soil water processes in agroecosystems (MV0216)


Ongoing projects:
- Modelling the effects of soil freezing on pesticide transport
- Earthworm bioturbation responses to compaction and SOC availability
- Effects of SOC on soil structure, hydraulic properties and solute transport
- Pore network characteristics and preferential transport in cultivated soils
- Soil structure dynamics
- The two-way interactions between soil organic carbon and soil structure

Environmental analysis

Program leader for the program ‘Chemical pesticides in soils and losses to the aquatic environment’ at the Centre for chemical pesticides (CKB) at SLU (2013–)

Selected publications

Larsbo, M., J. Koestel, E. J. Krab and J. Klaminder. 2024. Quantifying earthworm soil ingestion from changes in vertical bulk density profiles. European Journal of Soil Biology 120: 103574.

Schwenk, A. E., N. Jarvis, M. Larsbo and J. Koestel. 2023. Three-dimensional X-ray imaging of macropore flow. Geoderma 440: 116721.

Blanchy, G., Bragato, G., Di Bene, C., Jarvis, N., Larsbo, M., Meurer, K. and Garré, S.  2023.  Soil and crop management practices and the water regulation functions of soils: a synthesis of meta-analyses relevant to European agriculture. Soil, 1-37.

Klaminder, J., Krab, E.J., Larsbo, M., Jonsson, H., Fransson, J. and Koestel, J.  2023.  Holes in the tundra: Invasive earthworms alter soil structure and moisture in tundra soils. Science of the Total Environment 859, 160125.

Jarvis, N., Larsbo, M., Lewan, E. and Garré, S.  2022.  Improved descriptions of soil hydrology in crop models: The elephant in the room? Agricultural Systems 202, 103477.

Arrázola-Vásquez, E., Larsbo, M., Capowiez, Y., Taylor, A., Sandin, M., Iseskog, D. and Keller, T.  2022.  Earthworm burrowing modes and rates depend on earthworm species and soil mechanical resistance. Applied Soil Ecology 178, 104568.

Hosseinpour-Ashenaabad, R., Keller, T., Larsbo, M. and Hallett, P.D.  2022.  Dual-platform micromechanical characterization of soils: Oscillation shear rheometry and spherical indentation. Soil and Tillage Research 223, 105467.

Bösch, Y., Jones, C.M., Finlay, R., Karlsson, M., Larsbo, M., Keller, T. and Hallin, S.  2022.  Minimizing tillage modifies fungal denitrifier communities, increases denitrification rates and enhances the genetic potential for fungal, relative to bacterial, denitrification. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 170, 108718.

Fukumasu, J., Jarvis, N., Koestel, J., Kätterer, T. and Larsbo, M.  2022.  Relations between soil organic carbon content and the pore size distribution for an arable topsoil with large variations in soil properties. European Journal of Soil Science 73(1), e13212.

Koestel J., Fukumasu J., Larsbo M., Herrmann A.M., Ariyathilaka P., Magdysyuk O.V., and Burca, G. 2022. Potential and limitations of combined neutron and X-ray imaging to quantify local carbon contents in soil. European Journal of Soil Science 73(1), e13178.

Fukumasu, J., Poeplau, C., Coucheney, E., Jarvis, N., Klöffel, T., Koestel, J., Kätterer, T., Nimblad Svensson, D., Wetterlind, J., and Larsbo, M. 2021. Oxalate-extractable aluminum alongside carbon inputs may be a major determinant for organic carbon content in agricultural topsoils in humid continental climate. Geoderma. 402:115345.

Koestel, J., Fukumasu, J., Garland, G., Larsbo, M., Nimblad Svensson, D. 2021. Approaches to delineate aggregates in intact soil using X-ray imaging. Geoderma. 402:115360.

Bölscher, T., J. Koestel, A. Etana, B. Ulen, K. Berglund, and M. Larsbo. 2021. Changes in pore networks and readily dispersible soil following structure liming of clay soils. Geoderma. 390.

Parvin N, Sandin M, Larsbo M. 2021. Seedbed consolidation and surface sealing for soils of different texture and soil organic carbon contents. Soil and Tillage Research. 206:104849.

Colombi, T., N. Kirchgessner, D. Iseskog, S. Alexandersson, M. Larsbo and T. Keller. 2021. A time-lapse imaging platform for quantification of soil crack development due to simulated root water uptake. Soil and Tillage Research 205: 104769.

Meurer, K., J. Barron, C. Chenu, E. Coucheney, M. Fielding, P. Hallett, A. M. Herrmann, T. Keller, J. Koestel, M. Larsbo, E. Lewan, D. Or, D. Parsons, N. Parvin, A. Taylor, H. Vereecken and N. Jarvis. 2020. A framework for modelling soil structure dynamics induced by biological activity. Global Change Biology 26: 5382–5403.

Koestel, J., M. Larsbo and N. Jarvis. 2020. "Scale and REV analyses for porosity and pore connectivity measures in undisturbed soil." Geoderma 366: 114206.

Larsbo, M., Holten, R., Stenrød, M., Eklo, O. M. and Jarvis, N. 2019. A dual-permeability approach for modeling soil water flow and heat transport during freezing and thawing. Vadose Zone Journal 18. doi:10.2136/vzj2019.01.0012

Holten, R., Larsbo, M., Jarvis, N., Stenrød, M., Almvik, M., and Eklo. O. M. 2019. Leaching of five pesticides of contrasting mobility through frozen and unfrozen soil. Vadose Zone Journal 18. doi:10.2136/vzj2018.11.0201

Mossadeghi-Björklund, M., Jarvis, N., Larsbo, M., Forkman, J. and Keller, T. 2019. Effects of compaction on soil hydraulic properties, penetration resistance and water flow patterns at the soil profile scale. Soil Use Management 35: 367-377. doi:10.1111/sum.12481

Löv, Å., Larsbo, M., Sjöstedt, C., Cornelis, G., Gustafsson, J. P., and Kleja, D. B. 2019. Evaluating the ability of standardised leaching tests to predict metal(loid) leaching from intact soil columns using size-based elemental fractionation. Chemosphere 222: 453–460.

Holten, R., Bøe, F. N., Almvik, M., Katuwal, S., Stenrød, M., Larsbo, M., Jarvis, N., and Eklo, O. M. 2018. The effect of freezing and thawing on water flow and MCPA leaching in partially frozen soil. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 219: 72-85.

Löv, Å., Cornelis, G., Larsbo, M., Persson, I., Sjöstedt, C., Gustafsson, J. P., Boye, K. and Kleja, D. B. 2018. Particle- and colloid-facilitated Pb transport in four historically contaminated soils - Speciation and effect of irrigation intensity. Applied Geochemistry 96: 327–338.

Hellner, Q., Koestel, J., Ulén, B. and Larsbo, M. 2018. Effects of tillage and liming on macropore networks derived from X‐ray tomography images of a silty clay soil. Soil Use and Management 34: 197­–205.

Sandin, M., Jarvis, N. and Larsbo, M. 2018. Consolidation and surface sealing of nine harrowed Swedish soils. Soil and Tillage Research 181: 82-92.

Ulén, B., Larsbo, M., Koestel, J., Hellner, Q., Blomberg M. and Geranmayeh, P. 2018. Assessing strategies to mitigate phosphorus leaching from drained clay soils. Ambio 47, 114-123.

Sandin, M., Piikki, K., Jarvis, N., Larsbo, M., Bishop, K. and Kreuger, J. 2018. Spatial and temporal patterns of pesticide concentrations in streamflow, drainage and runoff in a small Swedish agricultural catchment, Science of the Total Environment, 610 (Supplement C), 623-634.

Löv, Å., Sjöstedt, C., Larsbo, M., Persson, I., Gustafsson, J. P., Cornelis G. and Kleja, D. B. 2017. Solubility and transport of Cr(III) in a historically contaminated soil – Evidence of a rapidly reacting dimeric Cr(III) organic matter complex. Chemosphere 189 (Supplement C), 709-716.

Jarvis, N., Forkman, J., Koestel, J., Kätterer, T., Larsbo, M. and Taylor, A. 2017. Long-term effects of grass-clover leys on the structure of a silt loam soil in a cold climate, Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 247 (Supplement C), 319-328.

Jarvis, N., Koestel, J. and Larsbo, M. 2017. Reply to 'Comment on "Understanding preferential flow in the vadose zone: Recent advances and future prospects" by N. Jarvis et al.', Vadose Zone Journal, 16, 1-4.

Starkloff, T., Larsbo, M., Stolte, J., Hessel, R., and Ritsema, C. 2017, Quantifying the impact of a succession of freezing-thawing cycles on the pore network of a silty clay loam and a loamy sand topsoil using X-ray tomography, Catena, 156, 365-374.

Sandin, M., Koestel, J., Jarvis, N. and Larsbo, M. 2017. Post-tillage evolution of structural pore space and saturated and near-saturated hydraulic conductivity in a clay loam soil, Soil Till. Res., 165, 161-168.

Jarvis, N., Larsbo, M. and Koestel, J., 2017. Connectivity and percolation of structural pore networks in a cultivated silt loam soil quantified by X-ray tomography, Geoderma. 287, 71-79

Lammoglia, S.-K., Moeys, J., Barriuso, E., Larsbo, M., Marín-Benito, J.-M., Justes, E., Alletto, L., Ubertosi, M., Nicolardot, B., Munier-Jolain, N., Mamy, L. 2017. Sequential use of the STICS crop model and of the MACRO pesticide fate model to simulate pesticides leaching in cropping systems, Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res., DOI 10.1007/s11356-016-6842-7.

Jarvis, N., Koestel, J., and Larsbo, M., 2016. Understanding preferential flow in the vadose zone: Recent advances and future prospects, Vadoze Zone J. 15, doi:10.2136/vzj2016.09.0075.

Larsbo, M., Koestel, J., Kätterer, T., and Jarvis, N., 2016. Preferential transport in macropores is reduced by soil organic carbon, Vadose Zone J., 15, doi:10.2136/vzj2016.03.0021.

Larsbo, M., Sandin, M., Jarvis, N., Etana, A., and Kreuger, J. 2016. Surface runoff of pesticides from a clay loam field in Sweden. J. Environ. Qual., doi: 10.2134/jeq2015.10.0528.

Mossadeghi-Björklund, M., Arvidsson, J., Keller, T., Koestel, J., Lamande, M., Larsbo, M., and Jarvis, N. 2016. Effects of subsoil compaction on hydraulic properties and preferential flow in a Swedish clay soil, Soil Tillage Res., 156, 91-98.


Researcher at the Department of Soil and Environment; Soil and Environmental Physics
Telephone: +4618671238
Postal address:
Box 7014
750 07 Uppsala
Visiting address: Lennart Hjelms väg 9, Uppsala