Lower in-Kind Yields from Forgoing the Use of Plant-Protection Products in Arable Crops
A survey of 18 experts from the whole of Switzerland shows what effects a complete or partial avoidance of plant-protection products would have on in-kind yields in arable production.


July 2021 issue of agroscope Magazine now online
This issue focuses on research for healthy food with sustainable production methods.


Recognising the Potential of Climate Protection Measures
IP-SUISSE and Agroscope have developed a point system whose aim is to show what climate protection measures farmers can implement effectively on their farms.


Protecting the Climate with Biochar
An Agroscope study commissioned by the Federal Office for Agriculture shows that the use of biochar clearly has potential, yielding benefits for the climate and ecosystems.


Citizen Science Project ‘Proof by Underpants’
Billions of soil microorganisms have been eating away at the buried underpants. A video will document their state of decomposition once they are dug up.


Bacterial Diversity in Swiss Soils
Bacteria break down contaminants in the soil, make nutrients available to plants and protect plants from pathogens. Agroscope has analysed soil bacterial diversity throughout Switzerland for the first time.


Consumption of Raw Goat’s Milk: What Is the Risk of Infection with TBE Viruses?
Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) pathogens can be transmitted to humans by the consumption of raw milk and raw-milk products from infected goats. The risk is judged to be low, and is most likely to come from on-farm consumption of the (unpasteurised) products.


Manuel Boss Takes Over Reins of ‘Plants and Plant Products’ Competence Division
Manuel Boss takes over the reins of the ‘Plants and Plant Products’ Competence Division on 1 June 2021. He brings his extensive network and his experience in science and agricultural policy with him to Agroscope.


Agroscope Wins Outstanding Paper Award
Researchers from Agroscope and ETH Zurich, together with Gamaya, have won the SPECTRO EXPO Outstanding Paper Award.


For good, healthy and environmentally friendly food
Working together with three other partners from the private sector, Agroscope coordinates the Horizon 2020 project OptiSignFood, which aims to provide the basics for more efficient, more environmentally friendly food production.


Emergency Supplies Before, During and After the Swiss Confederation’s COVID-19 Measures
The older the respondents, the better they know and follow the emergency supply recommendations. Experience from the first lockdown can help ensure more stocking-up in future.


Biodiversity Recorded for the First Time
Agroscope’s monitoring programme ‘ALL-EMA’ records species and habitat diversity in the Swiss agricultural landscape. This is the basis for understanding the state of habitats.


Cockchafer Control Campaign Launched in Thurgau, Graubünden and Bern
Agroscope, plant-protection agencies and affected farmers launch 2021 campaign for controlling cockchafers in the mountain region with naturally occurring fungi.


Characterisation of Raclette du Valais PDO
Agroscope has comprehensively characterised the cheese variety Raclette du Valais PDO (Protected Designation of Origin). With the reference values obtained, cheese-dairy advisory services will be able to identify cheese defects more easily in future.


New Swiss Agri-Environmental Data Network Website
When developing agricultural policy, it is important to know how farming affects the environment. Agroscope’s Swiss Agri-Environmental Data Network (SAEDN) website has been updated in order to make this information freely available to all interested parties.


March 2021 issue of agroscope Magazine now Online
From pitchfork to fork – this issue of agroscope Magazine focuses on selected food-production topics.


Agricultural Biodiversity
International survey shows different perceptions of biodiversity in science and practice.


Nighttime Illumination also Affects Diurnal Plant Pollination
Street lights and other forms of nighttime illumination alter the number of flower visits made by insects during the day as well as at night.


Rare Arable Crops
Agroscope Leads a Work Package of the New Horizon 2020 Project Promoting Underrepresented Arable Crops.


Targeted Imports and Less Food Waste Reduce ‘Foodprint’
Agroscope calculated that the environmental impact can be improved if food is imported from countries of origin with especially environmentally friendly agricultural production systems. The avoidance of food loss and waste is even more effective in achieving this aim.