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Farm2Forest – on sustainable agriculture in a biobased future

Yann Clough Research and society in close cooperation: that is the basis for Farm2Forest, a project aiming to produce evidence guiding Swedish and European agricultural and forestry policymaking. The idea is to combine economic and ecological data and models to evaluate different future scenarios for marginal agriculture in forest-dominated landscapes which, in terms of surface area, accounts for a significant proportion of Swedish agriculture.

Sowing strips of flowering plants has limited effect on pollination

Sown flower strips of clover Many pollinating insects benefit from a small-scale agricultural landscape with pastures, meadows and other unploughed environments. In landscapes dominated by arable land, they lack both food and nesting places. Sown flower strips can increase the availability of food for pollinating insects, and are therefore assumed to benefit pollination. However, new research from Lund University in Sweden shows that the effect of the sown flower strips on pollination is limited and cannot compensate for the advantages of a varied landscape.

Report about ecological focus areas

flowers in a field The report "Collective implementation of ecological focus areas" evaluating effects on ecosystem services, agriculture and administration is now available in English.

New research initiative will address environmental problems of the Baltic Sea region Hanö Bay

water Lund University and the Simrishamn Municipality have received funding from Region Skåne to start a new research and innovation environment at the Marine Centre in Simrishamn. The aim is to study and solve environmental problems and societal challenges linked to the sea, water and coastal areas of Skåne and southern Sweden.

CEC participated in dialogue in Brussels

rapeseed field Mark Brady, Cecilia Larsson and Ida Nordin from CEC and AgriFood have, at the invitation of the European Commission, participated in a Civil Dialogue Group meeting in Brussels.

Master thesis awarded on World Water Day

pond Hampus Nilsson, now a PhD-student at the CEC, is being awarded for his master thesis on how to predict and prevent urban flooding.

Hedda Andersson visiting professorship at the CEC

Bumblebee Professor Alexandra-Maria Klein, from the University of Freiburg, will be the holder of a Hedda Andersson visiting professorship during 2019 and 2020. The Centre of Environmental and Climate research, CEC, and the strategic research area Biodiversity and Ecosystem in a Changing Climate, BECC, will act as professor Klein´s hosts during her stay at Lund University.

Human and nature in symbiosis

BECC In recent years, ‘ecosystem services’ has become an increasingly common concept within the research community, as well as in municipalities, public authorities and industry. In simple terms, ecosystem services can be described as the benefits humans gain from nature’s ecosystems, for example regarding the food we eat, the air we breathe, purification of the water we drink, the bioenergy we use to heat our homes, the wood that is made into paper, houses and so on. The list is long and the value hard to estimate.

Intensified irrigation threatens agricultural productivity

watering High concentrations of salt in agricultural soil is an environmental problem that has plagued human civilization from its very beginning. Also in modern times, salinization of soils is a problem restricting agricultural productivity.

Christmas gift to practice your skills in guessing

Christmas gift This game is a blessing, to practice your skills in guessing. Accuracy and precision, are good for a decision. Although being uncertain might seem less, it can lead to success.

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