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.
Small-scale farmers in sub-Saharan Africa are highly vulnerable to climate change, but also have good potential to improve their sustainability and their production. These farmers struggle to make
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
Farmers, researchers and wildlife managers need to work together. Without farmers reporting where geese and cranes cause damage, researchers and wildlife managers are blind to design or to assess
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
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
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
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,
Pesticide regulation, diversified farming systems and long-term monitoring are all ways governments can help to secure the future of pollinators such as bees, flies and wasps, according to scientists
Despite having an English-sounding name, Jennie Barron, SLU’s new professor of agricultural water management, is from Skåne. Agricultural water management is a matter of survival for humankind, who
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
In organically farmed wheat, the number of fungal species on the leaves is on average 40 % higher than in conventionally farmed and fungicide treated fields, according to a new study from SLU. The
Kevin Bishop, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Environmental Monitoring and Assessment at SLU, predicts a bright future for Swedish work methods when it comes to meeting the objectives in Agenda 2030. "Sweden