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Thanks to favourable weather conditions, the planting of potatoes with improved resistance to potato late blight took place shortly thereafter, on 24 April. In 2015, the first year of the trial, two different potato lines are being studied, with one line containing one resistance gene and the other containing two. In the coming year all eight potato lines are to be tested in the field, with initial results being available at the end of 2016.
The Agrobox 4000 AP kit has been designed by Agroscope to optimise the in vitro production of potato microtubers. This kit can be used for other applications, for instance: large scale multiplication of various plant species or allelopathic tests. This documentary video from Agroscope depicts the instruction manual for the Agrobox 4000 AP.
Field trials of genetically modified plants are again conducted in Switzerland from 2014, in order to identify opportunities and limitations of green gene technology.
Research into organic farming financed by the Federal Office for Agriculture FOAG is presented in the form of a so-called ‘Bioreport' (in German) for each work programme. The new ‘Bioreport' 2012-2013 shows plant production as accounting for the highest share of research, followed by animal husbandry. Compared to the period 2008-2011, the proportion has shifted strongly towards animal husbandry. The ‘Bioreport' also highlights the thematic priorities of organic research at Agroscope and at FiBL.
Farmers use among other methods plant protection agents to keep pests in check. Accurate spray agent calculation helps save costs and protects the environment. An app from Agroscope is now available on-line for 4 francs.
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