Research Platform « Flowering Habitats »

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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.

Projects

Promote bees and pollination services

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Improve mixtures of flower seeds to improve the food supply for wild and honey bees in agricultural landscapes. The aim is to promote species rich wild bee communities, to ameliorate the situation of the honey bee and to ensure the pollination of agricultural crops and wild plants.

HAFL, Plant protection and agroecology, Hans Ramseier

Natural enemies in arable crops

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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

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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, Henryk Luka and Lukas Pfiffner

Promotion of natural enemies and pollinators for sustainable fruit growing

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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 design and management to boost functional biodiversityof organic orchards, Lukas Pfiffner

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