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Maj Rundlöf


Maj Rundlöf doing field work in clover field.

My main research interest is in the combination of landscape ecology and conservation biology. In my research I work with biodiversity and ecosystem services and how these can be conserved and promoted in agricultural landscapes. During my PhD studies I focused on the influence of organic farming on farmland biodiversity, such as butterflies, bumblebees, birds and plants, and whether the effect of organic farming differed depending on landscape heterogeneity and proportion of organic farming at a landscape scale.

As a post doc my focus shifted towards the services that the farmland biodiversity provides, mainly pollination and biological control. The majority of my post doc research has been in the Clover project, on pollination and biological control in red clover seed production, but also in the Swedish project SAPES, on sustainable agriculture for biodiversity and ecosystem services, and the EU-project STEP (Status and Trends of European Pollinators). In the SAPES project results from the empirical work are used to model landscape determined pollination services. In the STEP project we are investigating measures to promote pollinators; honeybees, bumble bees, other wild bees and hoverflies.

Right now I work mainly in projects assessing the impacts of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees. Here we aim to provide increased knowledge about how multiple species of bees are affected by common pesticides under real conditions in the agricultural landscape.

Bumblebee pollinating clover flower.


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

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Maj Rundlöf
E-mail: maj [dot] rundlof [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se



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