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Agroekologi och hållbarhet i produktionssystem (LB0109-20008)

2023-10-31 - 2024-01-14

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Agroekologi och hållbarhet i produktionssystem (LB0109-20071)

2022-11-01 - 2023-01-15

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2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16

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Agroekologi och hållbarhet i produktionssystem (LB0109-20088)

2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17

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Agroekologi och hållbarhet i produktionssystem (LB0109-20006)

2019-11-01 - 2020-01-19

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LB0109: Agroecology and Sustainability of Production Systems, 2023-2024

Recommended literature related to specific lecture (There could be few changes in lecture schedule and literature list before the course starts). We highly recommend students who have not taken Agroecology Basics course to read *Gleissman S.R, 2015. *Agroecology: the ecology of sustainable food systems. 3rd ed. CRC Press as it provides a foundation for understanding agroecology.


Lecture topic


01 Nov

Sustainability and challenges for agriculture

Rockström et al. 2009, Steffen et al. 2015, Wezel et al. 2015, Gliessman 2015 (chapters 22-23),

02 Nov

Ecological mechanisms of ecosystem services

Bommarco et al. 2013, Van Huylenbroeck et al. 2007, Isbell, 2017

02 Nov

Soil, quality, fertility and health

Robinson et al. 2013

03 Nov

Beneficial biotic interactions and nutrient cycling

Bedoussac et al 2015, Steffen et al. 2015, Gliessman 2015 (chapters 3, 8, 9, 11),

06 Nov


Wilson et al. 2016, Garibaldi et al. 2019

06 Nov

Sustainability assessment tools, including TAPE

FAO 2019 (TAPE), Schader et al. 2014, Pelzer et al. 2017

07 Nov

Integrated weed management

Buhler 2002, Harker and O’Donovan 2013

Agriculture’s climate impact and sustainability in a food system perspective

Poore and Nemecek 2018, Röös et al. 2016

13 Nov

Integrated pest management

Hokannen and Menzler-Hokkanen 2020

14 Nov

Global production and trade


15 Nov

Agroecological livestock production

Muller A, 2015

16 Nov

Social aspects in livestock

Algers, 2011

16 Nov

Urban and peri-urban agriculture

Benis and Ferrao 2018, Olsson 2018 (chapter 14)

16 Nov

Animal welfare

FAO, 2001

17 Nov

Agricultural/rural development policies

European commission (CAP), Wästfelt 2018 (chapter 9)

17 Nov

Markets and welfare

Eriksen 2010, Gliessman 2015 (chapter 24), Morse 2010

05 Dec

Ethical issues in agriculture

FAO, 2001

07 Dec

Transition to Agroecology

Geels and Schot, 2007, IPES-Food, 2016

In addition to this literature, most teachers also provide additional reading lists at the end of their presentation for those who want to learn further.

Course literature LB0109, Agroecology and Sustainability of Production Systems, 2023-2024

Compulsory reading

Books/book chapters

Gliessman, S.R., 2015. Agroecology: the ecology of sustainable food systems. 3rd ed. CRC Press. (Course textbook, 405 p)

Morse, S., 2010. Sustainability. A biological perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. **Chapter 5: **Socio economic dimensions of sustainability.

Olsson E.G.A., 2018. Routledge handbook of landscape and food. Chapter 14: Peri-urban food production as means towards urban food security and increased urban resilience. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315647692

Wästfelt, A., 2018. Routledge handbook of landscape and food. **Chapter 9: Shifts in agriculture praxis: farm modernization and global integration. **https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315647692

Articles and reports

Algers, B., 2011. Animal welfare – recent developments in the field. CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources, 6 (010), 1-10.

Benis, K and Ferrao, P.2018. Commercial farming within the urban built environment- Taking stock of an evolving field in northern countries. Global food security,y 17:30-37

Bedoussac, L. et al., 2015. Ecological principles underlying the increase of productivity achieved by cereal-grain legume intercrops in organic farming. A review. Agronomy for Sustainable Development, 35, 911-935.

Bommarco, R., et al., 2013. Ecological intensification: harnessing ecosystem services for food security. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 28, 230–238.

Buhler, D.D., 2002. Challenges and opportunities for integrated weed management. Weed Science, 50, 273-280.

Eriksen, H. T., 2010. Small places, large issues. London: Pluto Press. Chapter 12: Exchange and consumption, and chapter 13: Production, nature and technology (pages 184-219).

European Commission. The Common agricultural policy (CAP) at a glance. https://ec.europa.eu/info/food-farming-fisheries/key-policies/common-agricultural-policy/cap-glance_en

FAO, 2001. Ethical issues in food and agriculture. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

FAO, 2019. Tool for agroecology performance evaluation (TAPE)-process of development and guidelines for application: Test version. http://www.fao.org/policy-support/tools-and-publications/resources-details/en/c/1257355/

Garibaldi et al. 2019. Policies for Ecological Intensification of Crop Production. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 34, 282-286. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169534719300187?via%3Dihub

Geels, F.W. and Schot, J., 2007. Typology of sociotechnical transition pathways. Research Policy, 36, 399-417

Harker, K.N and O’Donovan, J.T. 2013. Recent Weed Control, Weed Management, and Integrated Weed Management. Weed Technology 27, 1-11. https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambridge-core/content/view/52F8DB68CF951B73F7AB477478A60C55/S0890037X00012549a.pdf/recent-weed-control-weed-management-and-integrated-weed-management.pdf

Hokannen, H.M.T. and Menzler-Hokkanen, I., 2020. Improving the efficacy of biological control by ecostacking. In Y.Gao et al. (eds), Integrative Biological Control, 3-16. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-44838-7_1

IPES-Food., 2016. From uniformity to diversity: a paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems. International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food systems. (section 2 and 3b) http://www.ipes-food.org/_img/upload/files/UniformityToDiversity_FULL.pdf

Muller A. 2015. The role of livestock in agroecology and sustainable food systems. https://orgprints.org/id/eprint/30166/1/mueller-2015-feeding-people-ifoamEUgroup-chapter6-p30-33.pdf

Pelzer, E. et al., 2017. Design, assessment and feasibility of legume-based cropping systems in three European regions Crop & Pasture Science, 68, 902-914.

Poore, J. and Nemecek, T., 2018. Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers. Science, 360, 987–992.

Robinson, D.A. et al., 2013. Natural capital and ecosystem services, developing an appropriate soils framework as a basis for valuation. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 57, 1023-1033.

Rockström, J. et al., 2009. Planetary boundaries: exploring the safe operating space for humanity. Ecology and Society 14(2):32

Röös, E. et al., 2016. Limiting livestock production to pasture and by-products in a search for sustainable diets. Food Policy, 58, 1-13.

Schader, C. et al., 2014. Scope and precision of sustainability assessment approaches to food systems. Ecology and Society 19(3):42-

Steffen et al., 2015. Planetary Boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet. Science 347 (issue 6223).

Wilson, H.M., et al., 2016. Agroforestry-The next step in sustainable and resilient agriculture. Sustainability 8, 754

van Huylenbroeck, G. et al., 2007. Multifunctionality of agriculture: a review of definitions, evidence and instruments Living Reviews in Landscape Research, 1, 1–38.

Wezel, A. et al. 2015. The blurred boundaries of ecological, sustainable, and agroecological intensification: a review. Agronomy for Sustainable Development, 35, 1283-1295.


Kursen ges som en fristående kurs: Ja Kursen ges som en programkurs: Agroecology - Master's Programme Kursavgift: Studieavgift, endast för medborgare utanför EU, EES, och Schweiz: 38060 SEK Nivå: Avancerad nivå (A1N)
Ämne: Lantbruksvetenskap Biologi
Kurskod: LB0109 Anmälningskod: SLU-20018 Plats: Alnarp Distanskurs: Nej Undervisningsspråk: Engelska Ansvarig institution: Institutionen för Biosystem och teknologi Studietakt: 100%