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The goals of Agroscope ACW's breeding programs are to provide high-performance varieties that make it possible to promote respect for the environment and product quality. Considerable weight is thus given to improving genetic resistance to fungal diseases with the aim of combining resistances to the seven main diseases present in Switzerland. The Cereal Pathology Laboratory supports the breeding efforts through virulence monitoring, research into fusariosis (genetic mechanisms, diagnostics) and by creating genitors designed for the breeding programs. The breeding material is systematically tested in the field with artificial infections.
For wheat, emphasis is also given to the higher baking quality classes (Top and I), enabling our varieties to be widely appreciated by the transforming industry.
The protein content of triticale, the climatic adaptation of soybean to our marginal climatic conditions, as well as its aptitude for transformation into food (Tofu, "milk") are other factors taken into account in our programs.
These goals of resistance and quality ensure that ACW's achievements are valued in both organic and conventional production, in Switzerland and in international markets.
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