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Thomas Prade

Thomas Prade

Presentation

My scientific interest is in integration of agricultural production of food, feed, bio-materials and bioenergy. Thus, my research aims at finding new ways and at developing novel production concepts to minimise social, environmental and economic costs and maximising sustainability of the overall agricultural system. In order to achieve a holistic view on imminent problems in agriculture, this research focuses on the interaction of energy, environment, technology and economy.

In my research I focus on the following approaches

  1. New crops that do not compete with main agricultural food and feed crops, e.g. intermediate crops and crops grown on marginal lands, wetlands and lands taken out of normal production.
  2. Multifunctional crops that compete with food and feed crops, but which still contribute to improve the overall sustainability of the agricultural system, e.g. grass-clover crops that contribute to soil organic carbon and therefore potentially increase soil productivity.
  3. Multi-purpose crops, where different crop parts are used for different applications, i.e. for food, feed, material and energy, in a biorefinery approach.
  4. Soil amendment with organic residues for recycling of plant nutrients and organic carbon in order to close nutrient and carbon loops by.
  5. Production chain assessment with product quality feedback resulting in better interaction between suppliers/growers and buyers/end-users.

I follow an interdisciplinary approach to systems analysis in cases where such an approach is likely to result in fundamental insights. For example, this may mean the use of a variety of tools for systems analysis (e.g. energy balances, LCA, soil carbon balances, nutrient balances, techno-economic assessments, GIS-based data acquisition and handling), combined with new input data from field experiments (statistical analyses).

Teaching

  • Environmental issues – Introduction to LCA and LCA group work
  • Biogas theory
  • Urban agriculture - systems perspective
  • Sustainable production systems in a global perspective

Research

2019-2020 Swedish Board of Agriculture project on Influence of establishment date on summer cover crops on soil organic carbon contribution and weed controlling properties

2017-2020 Interregprojekt BioBIGG - Bioeconomy in the South Baltic Area: Biomass-based Innovation and Green Growth

2018-2019 Partnerskap Alnarp project Milk production with extensively processed silage for increased forage intake and increased resource efficiency

2017-2019 Partnerskap Alnarp project Intermediate cover crops as potential protein source

2017-2019 Partnerskap Alnarp project Evaluation of intermediate cover crops for weed control

2016-2018 SLF-project Turning catch crops into intermediate crops for higher productivity and reduced N and P losses

Background

Education

2019

Docent in Technology with specialization in crop production acquired at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp

2011

PhD in Technology acquired at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp; Industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) – a high-yielding energy crop, supervised by PhD Jan Erik Mattsson, PhD Allan Andersson and PhD Håkan Rosenqvist

2003

M.Sc. in Biotechnology acquired at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany

Academic and professional experiences

2017-

Assistant professor at the Department of Biosystems and Technology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp

2016-2017

Researcher at the Department of Biosystems and Technology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp

2014-2016

Post-doc at the Division of Environmental and Energy Systems Studies, Department of Technology and Society, Lunds University

2012-2014

Post-doc at the Department of Biosystems and Technology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp

2011-2012

Research assistant at the Department of Agrosystems, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp

2006-2011

PhD student at the Department of Agrosystems, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp


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