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Plant protection is at the heart of a competitive and high quality agricultural production system. A number of organisms, whether pathogens, pests or weeds, are liable to interfere with crop development and to severely affect harvest quality.
In order to protect cultivated plants from their numerous enemies, it is necessary to develop methods of prediction, prevention and diagnosis, as well as control strategies and methods. Whilst the latter must be effective and economical, they must also respect the environment and its biodiversity. In parallel, for many cultivated species, purification and multiplication projects - particularly using biotechnological tools - are necessary to ensure the production of certified plant material.
In order to achieve these objectives an in-depth knowledge of such organisms, particularly in relation to their biology, development and behaviour, is essential. Our work contributes to this advancement of scientific knowledge and its application for the optimal control of cultivated plant enemies.
In addition, we have a mandate from the Federal Office of Agriculture to provide scientific support in the development of preventive strategies and control of pest and invasive organisms in agriculture (quarantine), and we collaborate closely with the phytosanitary departments with regard to their application. We also evaluate the efficacy of phytosanitary products for this Office, within the framework of the homologation process.
Our plant protection activities extend to all pathogens, pests and weeds that threaten field crops, viticulture and horticulture throughout the national territory, including south of the Alps.
The research priorities in viticulture and oenology are focused on three main axes:
In addition statutory tasks are associated with the lists of varieties, the certification of the plant material and the examination of export wines.
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