Research of the Centre for Crop Systems Analysis

The Centre for Crop Systems Analysis (CSA) contributes to the development of high quality plant production in sustainable agro-ecosystems through research and teaching. The emphasis is on improvement and innovation of plant production at various levels of integration; from genotypes to cropping systems and production chains.

Insights into systems interactions

CSA researches and quantitatively describes processes that determine the functioning of crops and grassland vegetations in relation to genetic, management, biotic and abiotic factors. This knowledge is integrated via sophisticated modelling tools to generate insights into complex systems interactions.

The research includes:

  • Predicting phenotypic responses to multiple traits in breeding programmes
  • Optimising crop management via functional-structural plant modelling
  • Quantifying G×M×E interactions in a changing world
  • Biochemical C3 and C4 photosynthesis modelling in relation to bio-based economy
  • Crop – weed interactions and competition

CSA also studies the ecological dimension of cropping systems and links their research to the human dimension by developing and studying interactions between natural and social sciences.