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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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