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Cows Contribute to Plant Composition of their Pastures

Not all cows are the same when it comes to their forage preferences: research carried out by Agroscope and the Universities of Heidelberg and Göttingen shows that cattle breed influences the botanical composition of pasture. For instance, the species diversity on pastures grazed by Highland cattle is higher than that on pastures grazed by production-oriented cattle breeds.

Press Release - August 19 2019 


Switzerland at the forefront of sustainable viticulture

Weinbau Traktor

Switzerland at the forefront of sustainable viticulture

Integrated production in viticulture represents more than 85 % of the Swiss vineyard. Christian Linder (Agroscope) explains the history and thinking behind this approach to sustainable wine production (a video by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine, 12.07.19).

The EGF-EUCARPIA Symposium

Kuh Grasland Berge

Grassland Researchers Meet in Zurich

The EGF-EUCARPIA Symposium for Forage Production and Forage-Plant Breeding confirms Switzerland’s pioneering role.

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Hazards of Pesticides to Bees Biene

ICPPR – International Symposium for the Protection of Bees

Together with the International Commission for Plant-Pollinator Relationships (ICPPR), Agroscope is organising an international symposium in Bern, which will take place from 23-25 October 2019 and focus on the topic of bee protection. Register now, or submit your abstract by 15 August 2019!


Blockchain meets agriculture: Hacking for the Farming Sector

The first Swiss Blockchain Hack-Marathon – Hackathon for short – took place on the weekend of 21 June.


Cacao Cultivation: Great Potential for Improvement

Inspired by the cultivation technique used in apple production, Agroscope has collaborated with Brazilian farms to further develop cacao-growing techniques. Thanks to digital technologies, cacao plants have even been successfully grown in a semi-arid climate.

MycoKey Mais Petrischalen

Improved Prevention of Mycotoxins in Wheat, Barley and Maize

Mycotoxins are a worldwide threat to human and animal health. As a partner in the EU MycoKey project, Agroscope will be hosting an international conference in Zurich from 18–19 June 2019.

Agroscope Conference I EU MycoKey Project 


Kick-off Workshop on Pesticide Residues in Cuban Soils

As part of a two-day workshop, the Cuban-Swiss team informed the various local stakeholders about the SNSF-r4d project PERECUSO.

in vitro Verdauung Fleisch Käse

Simulating in vitro what happens with proteins in vivo

An international team of scientists has successfully developed a harmonised method for the in vitro digestion of proteins. At the helm of the 15-nation research team are Ireland, Spain, and Switzerland, represented by Agroscope

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Potato Pests and Pathology Conference (EAPR), 2nd to 5th September 2019, Neuchâtel

The conference will focus on reducing pesticide use while preserving potato productivity. The Pathology and Pests Section of the European Association for Potato Research  invites researchers to submit their abstracts and register.

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Divona – Agroscope’s New Disease-Resistant White Grape Variety

Agroscope, the Swiss federal centre of excellence for agricultural research, is launching the first multiresistant white grape variety, Divona. The fruit of twenty years of research, Divona is resistant to fungal diseases, and well-suited for the production of high-quality wines – two characteristics that make it a popular variety for viticulture and winemaking.

Kopperstudie SNG I

Cribbing Horses Can also Solve Complex Tasks

Une étude du Haras national suisse réfute le préjugé selon lequel les chevaux tiqueurs sont moins performants en situation d'apprentissage complexe. Tous les chevaux ont été capables tant de différencier des symboles que de résoudre les exercices d'apprentissage inverse. Press Release

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XII RUBUS & RIBES Symposium 2019

We are delighted to invite you to the XII RUBUS & RIBES Symposium 2019 of the ISHS.

Important deadlines
Abstract submission   : 12.11.2018
Early Bird registration : 31.01.2019  / Full texts : 18.02.2019


Maize Influences Microorganisms to Repel Pests

Plants excrete antibodies from their roots into the soil. In this way, they influence the microbial communities in the soil, thereby improving the health of the next generation of plants.


AgroSCOPE – Annual Report 2018 now online

Discover more about Agroscope’s innovations in the sphere of soil fertility. Three Agroscope research groups are taking a close look at soils and developing productive farming methods that encourage soil fertility.

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