Swedish professor discusses sustainable farming

Sustainable farming and the science behind it will be the subject of lectures in Edinburgh on Thursday (February 20).

Professors Ingrid Oborn and Bryan Griffiths were recently awarded professorships by Scotland’s Rural College, SRUC, and will deliver their free inaugural lectures at SRUC’s King’s Building Campus in the afternoon.

Based at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala, Sweden, and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya. Ms Oborn is SRUC’s visiting professor in Crop Production Ecology at SRUC.

She will talk about agriculture and food system research in Sweden, Scotland, Southeast Asia and East Africa. Offering an insight into her own research, she will look at how increased agricultural production and productivity can be integrated with the way natural resources are managed in order to achieve economic, ecological and sustainable development.

Professor of soil biology Bryan Griffiths’ lecture, ‘Soil biology – a worm’s eye view’, looks at how soil animals can shed light on the state of the soil, which has relevance for environmental policy.

The lectures are from at 3pm. To register contact Lisa MacDonald at Lisa.MacDonald@sruc.ac.uk or on 0131 533 4008.