Field-Crop Breeding and Genetic Resources

Head of Research Group



Suppression of stamens in the variety used as female (picture) in the process of crossing two varieties.

A wide varietal choice allows farmers to align their production to the specific requirements of their region, their production system and the market they target.
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).Processors and consumers alike benefit directly from our aims of achieving a very high quality in the final product and ensuring maximum food safety.

At national level, we hold responsibility for conserving Switzerland's genetic resources (old Swiss varieties, original material). Managing more than 10'000 varieties is a major task which makes it possible to conserve Switzerland's genetic and cultural heritage and permit its long-term use.

Research Project

Wheat and Soy Improvement and Genetic Resources

Wheat and Soy Improvement and Genetic Resources

Wheat and soy variety improvement aims to obtain productive varieties that are adapted to Swiss pedoclimatic conditions, stress- and disease-resistant, and capable of meeting market quality criteria. Research is based on the available genetic diversity, which is preserved in Agroscope’s national gene bank, identified in the scientific literature, or obtained via international exchanges. Numerous tests in the laboratory and field then enable the development of improved varieties.