The promotion of pollinators, natural enemies and ecosystem services for a Swiss sustainable agriculture
Agriculture faces many challenges. In order to be sustainable, it must produce as efficiently as possible and, at the same time, preserve the natural resources and allow farmers to make a reasonable income. One of the many challenges is to use tailored flowering elements on the farm, which promote ecosystem services (pollination, pest control, etc.) in order to enable high-quality agricultural production and preserve biodiversity. The platform "Flowering Habitats" by Agroscope, FiBL, HAFL and SBV aims to help overcome this challenge.
Promotion of bees and pollination services
Practice-ready seed mixtures for flowering areas are to be further developed in order to improve the food supply for pollinators such as wild and honey bees in agricultural landscapes. This should promote species-rich wild bee communities, improve the situation of honey bees and ensure pollination services for agricultural crops and wild plants.
Tailored promotion of beneficial natural organisms to reduce pest populations in horticulture to the point, where pesticide use can be considerably reduced, leading to increased biodiversity and a reduction in environmental impact.