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.
Promote bees and pollination services
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.
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.