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.
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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
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
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,
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
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
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
Favour pollinators and natural enemies
More crops into crop rotations to increase landscape scale crop diversity and flower strips along field edges. Retain the remaining forest and grassland patches. Avoid supplementation of honey bee
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
Reporting crop damages caused by geese and cranes for a better protection of crops
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
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