Agroscope bears responsibility at national level for Switzerland’s genetic resources. The United Nations have set up a global action plan for preserving plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. As a signatory state, Switzerland has developed a national action plan according to the international guidelines.
National Action Plan for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (NAP-PGREL)
At the behest of the association ‘Fructus’, and funded by the FOAG (NAP-PGREL [= National Action Plan for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture]), four projects concerning the description of fruit genetic resources will be conducted in the ‘Breeding and Genetic Resources: Fruit’ Research Group at Agroscope Wädenswil.
The Franches Montagnes horse breed is the only remaining native horse breed in Switzerland
The SNSF is the federal centre of competence for all equine related issues within Agroscope. It serves as a centre of research and development, is involved with the transfer of knowledge and completes the assistance measures for the rural horse keeping industry in Switzerland.