Prof Christine Watson

Research Interests

Christine WatsonI currently lead the Soils and Systems Research Team at SRUC. My research focuses on improving nutrient use efficiency in a wide range of agricultural systems including outdoor pig production, dairying, organic farming and agroforestry. I am particularly interested in the management of legumes in agricultural systems and was the Scientific Coordinator of the EU Legume Futures project. I also lead the Scottish Government RESAS Work Package on Rural Land Management and Climate Change.

I spend approximately 2 months per year working for The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) where I hold the August T Larsson Guest Research position. While in Uppsala I am based within the Department of Crop Production Ecology working with Göran Bergkvist and Ingrid Öborn.

I am currently President of the European Society of Agronomy (2014-2016) and Vice President of the Association of Applied Biologists (2015-2017). Currently I serve on the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Agronomy. I am also involved in teaching the SRUC MSc Organic Farming course by distance learning.


  • BSc Soil Science (Hons) (Reading University)
  • PhD (Agriculture) (University of Aberdeen)
  • Member of Institute of Professional Soil Scientists

Selected Publications

  • Storkey J, Döring, T., Baddeley, J., Collins, R., Roderick, S., Jones, H. & Watson, C.  (2015) Engineering a plant community to deliver multiple ecosystem services. Ecological Applications 25, 1034–1043.
  • Brooker, R.W., Bennett, A.E., Cong-W-F, Daniell, T.J., Georg, T.S., Hallett, P.D., Hawes, C., Iannetta, P.P.M., Jones, H.G., Karley, A.J., Li, L., McKenzie, B.M., Pakeman, R.J., Paterson, E., Schöb, C., Shen, J,, Squire, G., Watson, C.A., Zhang, C., Zhang, F., Zhang, J. & White, P.J. (2015) Improving intercropping: A synthesis of research in agronomy, plant physiology and ecology. New Phytologist 206, 107-117.
  • Lindström, B.E.M, Frankow-Lindberg, B.E., Dahlin, A.S., Watson, C.A., & Wivstad, M. (2014). Effect of site and red clover proportion on micronutrient concentrations in forage mixtures. Field Crops Research 169, 99-106.
  • Buckingham, S., Rees, R.M. & Watson, C.A. (2014). Issues and pressures facing the future of soil carbon stocks with particular emphasis on Scottish soils. Journal of Agricultural Science, Cambridge 152, 699-715.
  • Ball, B.C., Griffiths, B.S., Topp, C.F.E., Wheatley, R., Walker, R.L., Rees, R.M., Watson, C.A., Gordon, H., Hallett, P.D., McKenzie, B.M. & Nevison, I.M. (2014) Seasonal nitrous oxide emissions from field soils under reduced tillage, compost application or organic farming. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 189, 171-80.
  • Knox, O.G.G., Achara, O.N., Maskell, P., Parker, J., Allegria, R., Walker, R.L., Stockdale, E.A., Edwards, A.C. & Watson, C.A. (2014). Investigating the use of silage effluent to improve available P from Gafsa phosphate rock. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis 45, 332-346.
  • Lindström, B.E.M, Frankow-Lindberg, B.E., Dahlin, A.S., Watson, C.A., & Wivstad, M. (2013). Micronutrient concentrations in relation to phenological development of red clover (Trifolium pratense L.), perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) and timothy (Phleum pratense L.). Grass & Forage Science 69, 276-284.
  • Lindström, B.E.M., Frankow-Lindberg, B.E., Dahlin, A.S., Wivstad, M. & Watson, C.A. (2013). Micronutrient concentrations and off-take of common and novel forage species and varieties grown on two contrasting soils. Grass and Forage Science 68, 427-36.
  • Liu, Y., Wu, L. Watson, C.A., Baddeley, J.A., Pan, X. and Zhang, L.  (2013). Modelling biological nitrogen fixation of field pea (Pisum sativum L.) with a process-based simulation model. Agronomy Journal 105, 670-678.
  • Rees, R., Baddeley, J., Bhogal, A., Ball, B., Chadwick, D., MacLeod, M., Lilly, A., Pappa, V., Thorman, R., Watson, C. & Williams, J. (2013). Nitrous oxide mitigation in UK agriculture. Soil Science & Plant Nutrition 59, 3-15

Prof Christine Watson

Professor of Agricultural Systems / Team Leader - Soil Science & Systems

Address: Crop & Soils Systems, SRUC Aberdeen Campus, Craibstone Estate, Aberdeen AB21 9YA

Telephone: 01224 711 143

Fax: 01224 711 293