What stresses wild bees? Is it certain plant-protection products, the absence of nutrient-rich foods – or a combination of both factors? Together with research partners throughout Europe, Agroscope is investigating these issues.
The chickpea was cultivated in Asia as long ago as 8000 years BC. Today, chickpeas are the third-most important pulse in the world and can be used as a meat substitute without gluten. Experiences show that cultivation is possible in Switzerland.
The risk of nitrate leaching is higher in field vegetable production than in arable crops or grassland. Different species of vegetables have different leaching potentials, which can be reduced through appropriate management.
A dreaded invasive plant, yellow nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus) causes major harvest losses in crops. The video shows how this invader can be identified and controlled; fortunately there is still time to stop its spread.