Forestry and agriculture

Forestry and agriculture are central in society’s quest for sustainable development. LiU conducts outstanding research in new materials from forestry products, and is host university for the VinnVäxt programme Agtech2030.

In the transition to a more sustainable society, forestry and agriculture will play a major role. The East Sweden region has long been a centre for research and development in the green industries.


Forests are renewable resources in the development of chemicals, new materials, energy storage and energy production. LiU researchers have created paper that stores energy, and shown that lignin can be used as the fuel in a fuel cell. They also carry out research into electronic plants. LiU researchers participate in several major national research projects in this field, such as Treesearch, the Digital Cellulose Center and the Wallenberg Wood Science Center (read more at Laboratory of Organic Electronics, link below).

Sustainable forestry is crucial for our future. LiU researchers participate in the “Östergötlands gröna hjärta” project, in which a large number of partners collaborate around forestry in Östergötland. Another field of research concerns wooden buildings and the positive health effects of using wood in building and equipping homes.


The Agtech2030 research project is to help give Sweden a world-leading position within agricultural technology. Its overall goal is to contribute to sustainable food production that can feed all people on Earth. A more immediate goal is to build an inclusive ground for innovation that leads to new concepts in technology and business, based on new agricultural technology. Projects focus on sensors, digital technology and mechanical engineering, and on establishing new collaborations and business models.

The region is home to many innovative companies and a well developed collaboration between research, commerce and organisations active in the green industries, one example of which is the work carried out under the auspices of the Vreta Cluster.


Waste products from forestry, agriculture, and the food industry are important raw materials for the production of biogas. More information is available at the Biogas research area.



Tractor with seed drill.

New technology to secure future harvests

Wars, natural disasters and climate change bring huge challenges for the agriculture industry, which must at the same time provide food for a growing population. Future high-technology solutions  can increase food production in a sustainable manner.

Karola Reuterström (Stora Lövhulta gård), Per Frankelius (Linköpings universitet) and Mattias Larsson (Abbotnäs säteri).

Climate-smart farming robot solves problems

An invention by researcher Per Frankelius and farmers in the region of Sörmland could be an important step in the electrification of agriculture. It also solves other problems such as hard-packed soil, emissions and poorer harvests.

Carl Fredrik Graf, governor of Östergötland

Ambassadors appreciate agricultural technology

Nineteen EU ambassadors visiting Östergötland not only saw the world première of a sowing machine, developed within Agtech 2030, they also heard Per Frankelius describe his vision of how smart technical solutions will contribute to a greener Europe.