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Ola Lundin

Ola Lundin
Ola Lundin's research is focused on beneficial and pest insect interactions with crops, and includes the agronomic impacts, drivers and management of such interactions in a cropping systems perspective.


For my PhD thesis work I investigated pollination and pest control in red clover seed production.

In my postdoctoral project with the Williams lab at UC Davis I studied the use of wildflower plantings for promoting pollination and pest control in California row and orchard crops.

Examples of current research projects:

Undersown flowering legumes for multifunctional Swedish cereal production. With Göran Bergkvist, Maria Viketoft and Hanna Friberg. Funded by Formas (2020-2023).

Safeguard - safeguarding European wild pollinators. SLU participation is led by René van der Wal. Funded by EU Horizon 2020 (2021-2024). 

Transforming the food value chain based on ecologically and economically sustainable crop production (TRANSECO). Led by Riccardo Bommarco. Funded by Formas (2022-2025). 

Integrated pest and pollinator management for sustainable plant protein production. With Åsa Grimberg, Mattias Larsson and Maj Rundlöf. Funded by Formas (2023-2025). 


I teach primarily on the Crop Production BSc program. I am course leader and teach community ecology on the Ecology (BI1252) course and I also teach on the Introduction course – Crop production (LB0125) in crop protection against insects on the course Plant production - weeds and pests (BI1352). 

Students interested in writing their thesis on crop protection against insects, beneficial insects or diversified cropping systems are welcome to contact me.  


Knowledge transfer about cropping systems and ecosystem services for SLU Epok.

Representative for SLU in the Swedish Plant Protection Council


Doctoral supervision:

Assistant supervisor for Chloë Raderschall 2017-2021

Postdoctoral supervision: 

Dr Sara Emery 2019-2021
Dr Laura Riggi 2020
Dr Fabian Bötzl 2021- 

Selected publications

Peer reviewed publications:

Riggi, L. G. A., C. A. Raderschall, T. P. M. Fijen, J. Scheper, H. G. Smith, D. Kleijn, ... & Lundin, O. (2024). Early‐season mass‐flowering crop cover dilutes wild bee abundance and species richness in temperate regions: A quantitative synthesis. Journal of Applied Ecology. In press.

Hederström, V., S. Johansson, M. Rundlöf, G. P. Svensson, O. Anderbrant, O. Lundin, M. Larsson & Å. Lankinen. 2024. White clover pollinators and seed set in relation to local management and landscape context. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. Accepted.  

Boetzl, F., M. Jonsson, V. Ninkovic, R. Sigvald., C. Högfeldt, G. Malsher & O. Lundin. 2024. Predicting crop injury caused by flea beetles in spring oilseed rape through pest monitoring in the autumn. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 62-69. 

Lundin, O., F. Boetzl, K. Ward & N. Williams. 2023. Wildflower plantings have mixed effects on insect herbivores and their natural enemies. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 355: 108587. 

Lundin, O. 2023. Partitioning pollination services to faba bean (Vicia faba L.) between managed honeybees and wild bees. Basic and Applied Ecology 71: 9-17.

Boetzl, F. A., G. Aguilera, R. Bommarco & O. Lundin. 2023. Spatiotemporal isolation of oilseed rape fields reduces insect pest pressure and crop damage. Journal of Applied Ecology 60: 1388-1398.

Boetzl, F. A., A. Douhan Sundahl, H. Friberg, M. Viketoft, G. Bergkvist & O. Lundin. 2023. Undersowing oats with clovers supports pollinators and suppresses arable weeds without reducing yields. Journal of Applied Ecology 60: 614-623.

Emery, S. E., M. Klapwijk, R. Sigvald, R. Bommarco & O. Lundin. 2023. Cold winters drive consistent and spatially synchronous 8-year population cycles of cabbage stem flea beetle. Journal of Animal Ecology 92: 594-605. 

Raderschall, C. A., O. Lundin, G. Aguilera, S. A. Lindström & R. Bommarco. 2022. Legacy of landscape crop diversity enhances carabid beetle species richness and promotes granivores. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Envrionment 340: 108191.  

Riggi, L, C. Raderschall & O. Lundin. 2022. Insect pest damage increases faba bean (Vicia faba) yield components but only in the absence of insect pollination. Ecology and Evolution 12: e8686.

Raderschall, C. A., O. Lundin, S. A. Lindström & R. Bommarco. 2022. Annual flower strips and honeybee hive supplementation differently affect arthropod guilds and ecosystem services in a mass-flowering crop. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 326: 107754.

Allen‐Perkins, A., A. Magrach, M. Dainese, L. A. Garibaldi, D. Kleijn, D., R. Rader, ... , O. Lundin, ... & I. Bartomeus. 2022. CropPol: a dynamic, open and global database on crop pollination. Ecology 103: e3614.

Emery, S. E., P. Anderson, G. Carlsson, H. Friberg, M. C. Larsson, A.-C. Wallenhammar & O. Lundin. 2021. The potential of intercropping for multifunctional crop protection in oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.). Frontiers in Agronomy 3: 782686.

Bommarco, R., S. A. Lindström, C. A. Raderschall, V. Gagic & O. Lundin. 2021. Flower strips enhance abundance of bumble bee queens and males in landscapes with few honey bee hives. Biological Conservation 263: 109363.

Lundin, O., M. Rundlöf, M. Jonsson, R. Bommarco & N. M. Williams. 2021. Integrated pest and pollinator management - expanding the concept. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 19: 283-291.

Riggi, L., O. Lundin & Å. Berggren. 2021. Mass-flowering red clover crops have positive effects on bumblebee richness and diversity after bloom. Basic and Applied Ecology 56: 22-31.

Lundin, O. 2021. Consequences of the neonicotinoid seed treatment ban on oilseed rape production – what can be learnt from the Swedish experience? Pest Management Science 77:3815-3819. 

Lundin, O. & C. Raderschall. 2021. Landscape complexity benefits bumble bee visitation in faba bean (Vicia faba minor L.) but crop productivity is not pollinator-dependent. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 314: 107417.

Raderschall, C., G. Vico, O. Lundin, A. Taylor & R. Bommarco. 2021. Water stress and insect herbivory interactively reduce crop yield while the insect pollination benefit is conserved. Global Change Biology 27: 71-83. 

Raderschall, C., R. Bommarco, S. Lindström & O. Lundin. 2021. Landscape crop diversity and semi-natural habitat affect crop pollinators, pollination benefit and yield. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 306: 107189. 

Reilly J., D. Artz, D. Biddinger, K. Bobiwash, N. Boyle, C. Brittain, J. Brokaw, J. Campbell, J. Daniels, E. Elle, J. Ellis, S. Fleischer, J. Gibbs, R. Gillespie, K. Gundersen, L. Gut, G. Hoffman, N. Joshi, O. Lundin, K. Mason, C. McGrady, S. Peterson, T. Pitts-Singer, S. Rao, N. Rothwell, L. Rowe, K. Ward, N. Williams, J. Wilson, R. Isaacs & R. Winfree. 2020. Crop production in the USA is frequently limited by a lack of pollinators. Proceedings of the Royal Society - Series B 287: 20200922.

Lundin, O., G. Malsher, C. Högfeldt & R. Bommarco. 2020. Pest management and yield in spring oilseed rape without neonicotinoid seed treatments. Crop Protection 137: 105261.

Boyle, N., D. Artz, O. Lundin, K. Ward, D. Picklum, G. Wardell, N. M. Williams & T. Pitts-Singer. 2020. Wildflower plantings promote blue orchard bee, Osmia lignaria (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae), reproduction in California almond orchards. Ecology and Evolution 10: 3189-3199.

Lundin, O. 2020. Economic injury levels for flea beetles (Phyllotreta spp.; Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in spring oilseed rape (Brassica napus; Brassicales: Brassicaceae). Journal of Economic Entomology 112: 808-813.

Rundlöf, M. & O. Lundin. 2019. Can costs of pesticide exposure for bumblebees be balanced by benefits from a mass-flowering crop? Environmental Science & Technology 53: 14144-14151.

Lundin, O. 2019. No-till protects spring oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.) against crop damage by flea beetles (Phyllotreta spp.). Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 278: 1-5.

Lundin, O., K. L. Ward & N. M. Williams. 2019. Identifying native plants for coordinated habitat management of arthropod pollinators, herbivores and natural enemies. Journal of Applied Ecology 56: 665-676.

Rundlöf, M., O. Lundin & R. Bommarco. 2018. Annual flower strips support pollinators and potentially enhance red clover seed yield. Ecology and Evolution 8: 7974–7985.

Lundin, O., Å. Myrbeck & R. Bommarco. 2018. The effects of reduced tillage and earlier seeding on flea beetle (Phyllotreta spp.) crop damage in spring oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.). Crop Protection 107: 104-107.

Lundin, O., G. P. Svensson, M. C. Larsson, G. Birgersson, V. Hederström, Å. Lankinen, O. Anderbrant & M. Rundlöf. 2017. The role of pollinators, pests and different yield components for organic and conventional white clover seed yields. Field Crops Research 210: 1-8.

Lundin, O., K. L. Ward, D. R. Artz, N. K. Boyle, T. L. Pitts-Singer & N. M. Williams. 2017. Wildflower plantings do not compete with neighboring almond orchards for pollinator visits. Environmental Entomology 46: 559-564.

Lundin, O., M. Rundlöf, H. G. Smith & R. Bommarco. 2016. Historical change and drivers of insect pest abundances in red clover seed production. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 233: 318-324.

Lundin, O., M. Rundlöf, H. G. Smith, I. Fries & R. Bommarco. 2015. Neonicotinoid insecticides and their impacts on bees: A systematic review of research approaches and identification of knowledge gaps. PLoS One 10: e0136928.

Nyabuga, F., D. Carrasco, L. Ranåker, M. N. Andersson, G. Birgersson, M. C. Larsson, O. Lundin, M. Rundlöf, O. Anderbrant & O. Anderbrant. 2015. Abundance patterns and odor-mediated host choice by clover seed weevils, Apion fulvipes and Apion trifolii (Coleoptera: Apionidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 108: 492-503.

Lundin, O., H. G. Smith, M. Rundlöf & R. Bommarco. 2013. When ecosystem services interact: crop pollination benefits depend on the level of pest control. Proceedings of the Royal Society - Series B 280: 20122243.

Lundin, O., M. Rundlöf, H. G. Smith & R. Bommarco. 2012. Towards integrated pest management in red clover seed production. Journal of Economic Entomology 105: 1620-1628. 

Bommarco, R., O. Lundin, H. G. Smith & M. Rundlöf. 2012. Drastic historic shifts in bumble bee community composition in Sweden. Proceedings of the Royal Society - Series B 279: 309-315.

Andersson, M. N., M. Larsson, G. P. Svensson, G. Birgersson,  M. Rundlöf, O. Lundin, Å. Lankinen & O. Anderbrant. 2012. Characterization of olfactory sensory neurons in the white clover seed weevil, Apion fulvipes (Coleoptera: Apionidae). Journal of Insect Physiology 58: 1325-1333.

Other publications:

Potts S., Biesmeijer K., Bommarco R., Breeze T., Carvalheiro L., Franzen M., Gonzalez-Varo J.P., Holzschuh A., Kleijn D., Klein A.-M., Kunin, B., Lecocq T., Lundin O., Michez D., Neumann P., Nieto A., Penev L., Rasmont P., Ratamaki O., Riedinger V., Roberts S.P.M., Rundlof M., Scheper J., Sorensen P., Steffan-Dewenter I., Stoev P., Vila M., Schweiger O. 2015. Status and trends of European pollinators. Key findings of the STEP project. Pensoft Publishers, Sofia, 72 pp. 

(Further publications in Swedish are available on the Swedish page)


Researcher at the Department of Ecology; NJ, Agricultural Entomology Unit
Telephone: +4618673402
Postal address:
Inst för Ekologi, Box 7044
750 07 UPPSALA
Visiting address: Ulls väg 16, Uppsala