Research Platform « Flowering Habitats »


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

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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.

School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL, Hans Ramseier / Stefan Lutter

Natural enemies in arable crops


By means of carefully selected newly developed seed mixtures, naturally occurring beneficial insects are to be promoted in order to achieve an improved natural pest control.

Agroscope, Flower strips for beneficial insects, Matthias Albrecht / Katja Jacot

Natural enemies in horticulture


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.

FiBL, Functional biodiversity

Innovative flower strips for sustainable orchard production


Develop perennial flower strips to boost the natural control of pests and pollination and leads to a reduction of pesticides in organic fruit production.

FiBL, Innovative flower strips for sustainable orchard production