Promoting diversity and securing yields
In the CROPDIVA project, Agroscope aims to promote the mixed intercropping of lupins and lentils with oats or hull-less barley. The goal is to increase biodiversity and crop yield in the face of extreme weather events; see video.


Pre-emptive Selection of Natural Enemies of Invasive Pests
Pre-emptive biological control involves the evaluation of the benefits and risks of the natural enemies of an invasive pest in advance of its arrival, allowing the swift approval and deployment of the natural enemies in an emergency.


Can Effective Microorganisms Influence Green-Manure Decomposition?
Although effective microorganisms (EM) are frequently used to shallowly incorporate green manures (cover crops) in the field, almost no scientific research has been conducted on them to date. This study simulated the decomposition of green manures with EM in the laboratory.


Interconnected Ecological Focus Areas Are Particularly Valuable for Species Richness
Agroscope studied various categories of ecological focus areas and showed that the presence of these in connectivity projects makes a major contribution to large-scale species richness in the agricultural landscape.


How land use affects plants and their pollinators
An Agroscope study has identified factors which contribute to the resilience of pollination systems in agricultural landscapes. Yet flowering plants in intensively used farmland were visited less often by insects, with implications for species diversity and yields.


Plant-Based Alternatives – an Analysis of the Last Ten Years
The study examines the discourse in the media on plant-based alternatives in Switzerland to gain insights into current trends. Instead of questioning consumers directly, the researchers analysed the media discourse which shapes and reflects consumer perceptions.


Digital Farming Is Strengthening the Role of Contractors
The family farm is the backbone of the Swiss agricultural sector. A recent study by Agroscope investigates the extent to which digitalisation has shifted the balance in the institutional structure of farming.


The Impact of Different Management Practices on the Ecosystem Services of Swiss Grassland
Whether grasslands are mown or grazed, fertilised or unfertilised – all this affects the ecosystem services of Swiss grasslands. These services benefit both the agricultural sector and society, e.g. in the form of livestock feed or erosion protection.


Sustainable Plant Protection in Vegetable Production with New Spot Spraying Plant Protection Robot
In vegetable row crops, spot spraying can save on insecticides and fungicides. Agroscope investigated the extent of this savings potential and compared the cost of spot spraying to broadcast treatments with a field sprayer.


How Vulnerable is Switzerland in terms of Food Imports?
Owing to its low degree of self-sufficiency, Switzerland is highly dependent on food imports. Because of this, it is important to assess its vulnerability in terms of supply security of these key imported goods.


Festuca apennina – a Future for the ‘Ryegrass of Alpine Pastures’?
Widespread in the Swiss alpine region, Festuca apennina could serve as a fodder plant for higher elevations. It also forms vigorous hybrids with meadow fescue and ryegrass. Does this make it suitable for improvement by breeding?


Insight into Selected Agroscope Research Projects at Reckenholz Site
Agroscope researchers will be presenting selected findings from their Arable Farming research on this course, which is organised by Agridea and Agroscope and will be held on 3 June 2024 at the Zurich-Reckenholz site. Participants will have the chance to expand their expertise and visit the relevant field and laboratory trials. Closing date for registration is 23 May 2024.


Curative Control of Wireworms (Agriotes spp.) in Potatoes
When wireworm damage to potato tubers is excessive the crop ceases to be marketable. Various control options were explored in an effort to remedy the problem.


Grass-Clover Mixtures: High Yields, Low Nitrate Leaching
The advantages of grass-clover mixtures in ley farming are manifold. An Agroscope study now shows that their highly efficient use of available nitrogen also keeps the risk of nitrate leaching low.


How are Plant-Based Alternatives to Dairy Products Perceived and Who Consumes Them?
The range of plant-based alternatives to milk continues to rise. Agroscope and the SMP (Swiss Milk Producers) conducted an online survey to find out what products are being consumed and how they are perceived.


Limiting the Amount of Concentrates and Crude Protein Content Reduces Nitrogen Losses
Agroscope has calculated that limiting concentrates to 365kg per cow and year and a maximum concentrate crude protein content of 18% could make a positive contribution to the nitrogen reduction path without negatively impacting profitability.


New Syrah Clones Selected at Agroscope
A survey conducted in a Syrah population originating in Northern Côtes du Rhône (France) resulted in the selection of three new Syrah clones with highly promising characteristics, distributed by the Swiss certification sector.


Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Calculator in Practice: Scope and Limitations
Greenhouse gas calculators can assist in identifying measures to reduce emissions on farms and in quantifying the effect these measures can have. For this to be successful, it is essential to know the scope and limitations of greenhouse gas calculators.


Effects of Selected Factors on Biodiversity in Swiss Agricultural Landscapes
Switzerland’s agricultural landscape harbours a great variety of species and habitats, some of which are endangered. This study sheds light on various direct and indirect, positive and negative factors influencing biodiversity.


Development of Agricultural Machinery over the Las Two Centuries
Do you know that the first power mower came on the market in 1930, or that farm women stopped needing to bend over to harvest potatoes since 1950? Watch the video.

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