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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 drivers, management and agronomic impacts of such interactions.


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.

Current research projects:

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

Crop protection against slugs and cabbage stem flea beetles when establishing winter oilseed rape. Sara Emery works as a postdoc in the project. With Riccardo Bommarco, Georg Carlsson and Albin Gunnarson. Funded by the Swedish farmers’ foundation for agricultural research 2019-2021.

Optimized pollination of field beans (Vicia faba) for sustainable supply of plant protein. Funded by Formas. Chloë Raderschall works as a researcher in the project.

Selected publications

Peer reviewed publications:

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