Plants produced using bioengineering methods can simplify agricultural practices and reduce pollution from chemical pesticides. For the sustainable use of these plants, side-effects impacting on biodiversity must be kept to a minimum. Agroscope investigates the ecological effects of plants with new traits, with a special emphasis on beneficial arthropods.
Hedges, tree stands and flower strips often exhibit greater species diversity than cultivated land. Using model systems, Agroscope investigates how agricultural landscapes should be structured so as to allow the suppression of pests. In this way, Agroscope promotes the quality of landscapes, a high level of biodiversity, and hence the competitive production of high-quality plant produce and products.