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Dr. Moritz Reckling

PostDoc (external) within the Agricultural Cropping Systems group working on the design and assessment of cropping systems with a focus on legumes and yield stability.


I received my PhD in 2019 from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in cooperation with the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) in Germany on the design and assessment of legume-supported cropping systems. Currently, I am a PostDoc at ZALF and have a guest status at SLU and work with Göran Bergkvist.


Supervision of MSc Students in the field of cropping system assessment.

Selected publications

Reckling, M., Bergkvist, G., Watson, C. A., Stoddard, F. L., and Bachinger, J. (2020). Re-designing organic grain legume cropping systems using systems agronomy. European Journal of Agronomy 112, 125951.

Yuan, K., Reckling, M., Ramirez, M. D. A., Djedidi, S., Fukuhara, I., Ohyama, T., Yokoyama, T., Bellingrath-Kimura, S. D., Halwani, M., Egamberdieva, D., and Ohkama-Ohtsu, N. (2020). Characterization of Rhizobia for the Improvement of Soybean Cultivation at Cold Conditions in Central Europe. Microbes and Environments 35:1.

Halwani, M., Reckling, M., Schuler, J., Bloch, R., and Bachinger, J. (2019). Soybean in No-Till Cover-Crop Systems. Agronomy 9, 883.

Franke, A.C., Baijukya, F., Kantengwa, S., Reckling, M., Vanlauwe, B., and Giller, K.E. (2019). Poor farmers – poor yields: Socio-economic, soil fertility and crop management indicators affecting climbing bean productivity in Northern Rwanda. Experimental Agriculture 55:14-34.

Reckling, M. (2018). Design and assessment of legume-supported cropping systems. PhD thesis. Acta Universitatis agriculturae Sueciae. 69. ISBN 978-91-7760-280-4

Reckling, M., Döring, T. F., Bergkvist, G., Stoddard, F. L., Watson, C. A., Seddig, S., Chmielewski, F.-M., and Bachinger, J. (2018). Grain legume yields are as stable as other spring crops in long-term experiments across northern Europe. Agronomy for Sustainable Development 38:63

Döring, T. F., Reckling, M. (2018). Detecting global trends of cereal yield stability by adjusting the coefficient of variation. European Journal of Agronomy 99: 30-36.

Egamberdieva, D., Hua, H., Reckling, M., Wirth, S., Bellingrath-Kimura, S.D. (2018) Potential effects of biochar-based microbial inoculants in agriculture. Environmental Sustainability 1: 19-24.

Reckling M., Döring T.F., Bergkvist G., Chmielewski F.-M., Stoddard F.L., Watson C.A., Seddig S., Bachinger J. (2018) Grain legume yield instability has increased over 60 years in long-term field experiments as measured by a scale-adjusted coefficient of variation. Aspects of Applied Biology 138:15-20.

Weißhuhn, P., Reckling, M., Stachow, U., and Wiggering, H. (2017). Supporting Agricultural Ecosystem Services through the Integration of Perennial Polycultures into Crop Rotations. Sustainability 9, 2267.

Topp, F.E., Reckling, M., Hanegraaf, M., Bachinger, J., Walker, R.L., Buckingham, S., Sykes, A.J., and Watson, A. (2017). Farmer friendly tools – how can they help support decision making under a changing climate? Aspects of Applied Biology 136, 1-6.

Preissel, S., Reckling, M., Bachinger, J., and Zander, P. (2017). Introducing Legumes into European Cropping Systems: Farm-level Economic Effects. In: Legumes in Cropping Systems, eds. M.-B. D, S. Fl & W. C. CABI Publishing, 209-225.

Egamberdieva, D., Reckling, M., and Wirth, S. (2017). Biochar-based Bradyrhizobium inoculum improves growth of lupin (Lupinus angustifolius L.) under drought stress. European Journal of Soil Biology 78, 38-42.

Watson, C.A., Reckling, M., Preissel, S., Bachinger, J., Bergkvist, G., Tom Kuhlman, T., Lindström, K., Nemecek, T., Topp, C.F.E., Vanhatalo, A., Zander, P.M., Murphy-Bokern, D. & Stoddard, F.L (2017) Grain legume production and use in European agricultural systems. Advances in Agronomy 144, 235-303.

Reckling, M., Hecker, J.-M., Bergkvist, G., Watson, C., Zander, P., Stoddard, F., Eory, V., Topp, K., Maire, J., and Bachinger, J. (2016). A cropping system assessment framework - evaluating effects of introducing legumes into crop rotations. European Journal of Agronomy 76, 186-197.

Reckling, M., Bergkvist, G., Watson, C.A., Stoddard, F.L., Zander, P.M., Walker, R., Pristeri, A., Toncea, I., and Bachinger, J. (2016). Trade-offs between economic and environmental impacts of introducing legumes into cropping systems. Frontiers in Plant Science 7, 669.

Zander, P., Amjath-Babu, T.S., Preissel, S., Reckling, M., Bues, A., Schläfke, N., Kuhlman, T., Bachinger, J., Uthes, S., Stoddard, F., Murphy-Bokern, D., and Watson, C. (2016). Grain legume decline and potential recovery in European agriculture: a review. Agronomy for Sustainable Development 36, 1-20.

Iannetta, P.P.M., Young, M., Bachinger, J., Bergkvist, G., Doltra, J., Lopez-Bellido, R.J., Monti, M., Pappa, V.A., Reckling, M., Topp, C.F.E., Walker, R.L., Rees, R.M., Watson, C.A., James, E.K., Squire, G.R., and Begg, G.S. (2016). A Comparative Nitrogen Balance and Productivity Analysis of Legume and Non-legume Supported Cropping Systems: The Potential Role of Biological Nitrogen Fixation. Frontiers in Plant Science 7.

Preissel, S., Reckling, M., Schläfke, N., and Zander, P. (2015). Magnitude and farm-economic value of grain legume pre-crop benefits in Europe: A review. Field Crops Research 175, 64-79.

Reckling, M., Döring, T., Stein-Bachinger, K., Bloch, R., and Bachinger, J. (2015). Yield stability of grain legumes in an organically managed monitoring experiment. Aspects of Applied Biology 128, 57-62.

Stein-Bachinger, K., Reckling, M., Bachinger, J., Hufnagel, J., Koker, W., and Granstedt, A. (2015). Ecological Recycling Agriculture to Enhance Agro-Ecosystem Services in the Baltic Sea Region: Guidelines for Implementation. Land 4, 737-753.