News in brief


Blockchain meets agriculture: Hacking for the Farming Sector

The first Swiss Blockchain Hack-Marathon – Hackathon for short – took place on the weekend of 21 June.


Successful MycoKey Workshop held at Agroscope Reckenholz

More than 50 scientists and stakeholders from 17 countries gathered for the conference, which took place on June 18-19, 2019 and was organised by Agroscope. The aim: To avoid mycotoxins in wheat, barley and maize even more successfully than before.


Kick-off Workshop on Pesticide Residues in Cuban Soils

As part of a two-day workshop, the Cuban-Swiss team informed the various local stakeholders about the SNSF-r4d project PERECUSO.


Two International Research Projects Launched

Following ‘Soil-Q’, two further research projects with the notable participation of Agroscope researchers – ‘PERECUSO’ and ‘Bio-C’ – have been included in the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development.


Agroscope Climate Data Incorporated in the National Inventory

Long-term soil-carbon measurement series round out a detailed MétéoSuisse publication on the main climate-observation parameters in Switzerland.


‘Flexible and Equipped for the Future’

In this interview, Head of Agroscope Michael Gysi comments on the new 2018–21 Work Programme (WP 2018-21), and on how it takes account of the major challenges of the future as well as the needs of agricultural and food sector practitioners.


Two Agroscope Projects on the Use of Microbes Secure Funding from the Gebert Rüf Foundation

Agroscope has responded successfully to the Gebert Rüf Foundation’s call for research project proposals in the subject area of ‘Microbials’, which aims to support the application and innovation potential of microbes. Of the 47 projects submitted, five finalists were selected. Two of these were Agroscope projects, which will now split a total of CHF 830,000 in funding.