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Rafaelle Reumaux

Rafaelle Reumaux
As a PhD student in the Crop Production Ecology group, I study the challenges and opportunities for ecological intensification in Sweden through the diversification of organic farming practices in cropping systems


The aim of my research is to provide knowledge that can help improve the productivity of organic farming systems in regions of low-uptake and facilitate the conversion of farms to organic practices.

I explore how management practices can affect the delivery of regulating and provisioning ecosystem services (e.g. weed and pest control, nutrient cycling, soil fertility). I am interested in patterns at different spatial scales (field, farm, landscape, regions).

I focus on arable cropping systems in highly productive agricultural regions where the share of organic farming is low.

During my first field season in spring-summer 2020, I investigated the diversity of existing organic farming systems in the regions of Västergötland and Skåne to understand and quantify variation in the agronomic performance of different cereal crops.

At this department (Department of Crop Production Ecology), I am working in the Agricultural Cropping System (ACS) research group led by Ingrid Öborn.


My research at SLU is part of a bigger project aka CONSTRAINTS which is led by Lund University. We are also partners with Agrifood agricultural economics, several stakeholders from private and public institutions, and we closely collaborate with local farmers.


I completed a Master’s degree in environmental sciences with a major in agronomy at the universities of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna (BOKU) and Copenhagen (KU).
During my thesis I explored the effects of density and spatial planting pattern on intra-specific competition in yam (Dioscorea alata) in collaboration with the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and CIRAD in Guadeloupe.

Following my Masters I was a research assistant in plant ecophysiology at the University of Copenhagen. I worked on coffee plants in agroforestry systems as part of the “BREEDCAFS” project.

Then I did an internship at the at the Swiss Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) where I was involved in several research projects about biological pest control in orchards, vineyards, and other cropping systems.

I also interned as a Blue Book trainee of the European Commission at the European Environment Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen where I contributed to developing ecosystem assessments and policy relate narratives. In addition, I worked with cross-cutting projects in agriculture and climate change.

Right before starting my PhD, I was working as an independent consultant for the coordination projects dealing with High Nature Value Farming (and agropastoralism) in different countries of Europe.


Main supervisor: Ingrid Öborn 
Co-supervisors: Göran Bergkvist, Pierre Chopin, Johanna Wetterlind, Christine Watson 

Doctoral Student at the Department of Crop Production Ecology; Agricultural cropping systems
Postal address:
Inst för växtproduktionsekologi, Box 7043
Visiting address: Ulls väg 16, Uppsala