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SLU's research in agriculture and plant production aims for sustainable and environmentally safe methods of production.

We need to look after our soils, be economical in our use of valuable fertilisers, protect the crops from disease and weed, and at the same time take care of nature.

Naturally, our crops must be of good quality and be produced to a reasonable cost. We need to understand the life processes of plants, animals and microorganisms in order to attain our objectives.

We also need better buildings and machines, new technology, new crops and new cultivation systems. We conduct research on a wide front! SLU's Environmental Monitoring and Assessment programme Agricultural landscape provides an overall picture of environmental quality in the agricultural landscape.

There are 19 pages tagged with Agriculture:

Ph.D. course

A PhD course in the Krycklan catchment September 19-25, 2024. ‘Watershed Ecology and Biogeochemistry’ addresses the foundational concepts and modern challenges within the broad field of watershed

Reading list 2024

Thursday, Sept 19. Fundamentals of watershed science Borman and Likens. (1967). Nutrient Cycling. Science. 155 no. 3761 pp. 424-429 Laudon, H. and Sponseller, RA (2018). How landscape organization

Aquaculture opportunities and challenges

Say 'agriculture' and everyone gets an idea of what you're talking about. But say 'aquaculture' and the associations might not be as clear. Aquaculture has great potential to grow, as more than

Pedometrics in practice

For a number of years our department has had a fruitful collaboration with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Kenya. It started with one project and has expanded with

What are the most effective measures for sustainable intensification of sub-Saharan agriculture?

In order to meet the food demand of a growing world population, agriculture needs to be intensified in a sustainable way. However, small farmers in sub-Saharan Africa face many barriers to increase

An interdisciplinary look at roots to improve crop productivity on hard soil

Dry and compacted soils make it more difficult for roots to grow. Root growth is slower and requires more energy, which eventually leads to reduced crop productivity. A team of SLU researchers,

reed feed

Reed is now turned into animal feed with an extra environmental benefit – reed harvest can also reduce eutrophication in our waters, according to researchers at SLU. Several measures, as for example


Close monitoring of raw milk quality is vital, as high quality in the final product can only be achieved using high-quality raw milk. Hence, approaches to characterise the raw milk, factors

Markpackning hotar daggmaskars grävning i jorden

Earthworms are important “ecosystem engineers” that contribute to a range of vital soil ecosystem services, including food production. But earthworms are sensitive to disturbances in their

Can cadmium content in crops be controlled by selenium fertilization?

Swedish crops contain too little selenium and many people in Sweden has a selenium deficiency. A method to reduce uptake of the toxic heavy metal cadmium is to add selenium. In a new literature study

Modelling soil structure dynamics

A good understanding of the dynamics of soil structure formation and degradation is a prerequisite to counteract soil degradation. Soil degradation can occur through compaction by heavy machinery and

How milk quality is affected by dairy farming system and sampling month

In two companion scientific publications in the Journal of Dairy Science, researchers at SLU report on how Swedish farm milk quality is affected by the dairy farming system (I) and the sampling month