Fields of Research
Crop production and products of vegetal origin
Field Crops and Grazing Systems
Our scientific activities are meant to promote an efficient and profitable production of high-quality plant products for both human consumption and feed purposes.
Arable Crop Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources
We set out to supply plant varieties that can be grown more easily and in an environmentally-compatible manner (imposing no major demands and requiring only limited if, indeed, any treatment at all).
Quality and Safety of Products, Nutrition and Health
We align our research activities with the demands of consumers and stakeholders, supporting them with solid knowledge for a healthy, safe and attractive diet comprising fresh and processed plant products of Swiss origin.
Production and Plant Protection of Crops in Alpine Areas / Greenhouse Crops
Development of pest and disease control strategies, including biological control, and definition of product quality standards.
Plant Protection for Arable Crops and Vines / Viticulture and Oenology
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.
Plant Protection and Fruit and Vegetable Extension
Eco-friendly cultivation and sustainable plant protection are the prerequisite for marketable, high quality fruit and vegetables.
Milk and meat production and products of animal origin
Milk and Meat Production
In this area, the influence of the quality of feedstuffs, of feeding and of productions systems as well as of other influencing variables on production, quality and safety of milk and meat is being studied.
Milk and Meat Processing
Through our research, advice and services we ensure that dairy and meat products are safe, of high quality and authentic and that they are a major contribution to a delicious and healthy diet.
Horses and Bees
The researchers of the National Swiss Stud (ethologists, veterinarians, agronomists etc.) carry out numerous projects in animal welfare and behaviour, health prevention, reproduction and genetics.
Agricultural ecology and organic farming, agricultural economics and technique
Natural Resources and Agriculture
Soil, water, biodiversity and air: these are the natural resources on which agriculture is based. They provide our food as well as drinking water, renewable energy and help to recycle nutrients from organic waste.
Arable Crops and Pasture Systems
The scientific activities are meant to promote an efficient and profitable production of high-quality plant products for both human consumption and feed purposes while preserving soil fertility and the environment.
Biodiversity and Environmental Management
With the help of life-cycle assessments, the environmental impact of a foodstuff from its production on the farm to its sale in the shops is studied, and options for minimising this impact are highlighted.
Agricultural Economics and Engineering
Our researchers are compiling decision-making bases which help farm managers to navigate their way through the jungle of options. By doing this, they reinforce competitiveness as well as the social and environmental compatibility of agriculture.