Quality of Silages from Intensively Managed Permanent Meadows
While botanical composition, growth cycle and phenological stage are integral factors, they are not the sole determinants of the quality of grass silages from intensively managed permanent meadows.


The Many Uses of the ‘Most Beautiful’ Yeast, Metschikowia pulcherrima
Metschnikowia pulcherrima is a naturally occurring yeast with applications in agriculture, the food industry and biotechnology. Agroscope is investigating this yeast in particular with regard to biocontrol applications in plant protection.


First Swiss Field Trial with CRISPR/Cas9-Modified Barley
Agroscope has been granted approval by the Federal Office for the Environment for a field trial with spring barley. The focus is on a barley gene that has been disabled by new breeding techniques. The trial, which will be launched in spring 2024, aims to determine whether yields can be increased.


Impact of Soil Management Methods in Vineyards
Soil management lies at the heart of major global warming and sustainable viticulture issues. In this context, inter-row plant cover in vineyards comes with its share of benefits and drawbacks.


More income from Grass-Based Beef Production
Agroscope studied how grass-based farms can produce both economically and in an ecologically sound manner. Find out more in the video and in the article published in Swiss Agricultural Research.


Plant Protection Treatment by Drones: Risks for Residents?
Orchard crop spraying using unmanned aerial spraying systems commonly referred to as drones can lead to drift, posing a risk to residents and bystanders. The study shows that the risks arising from this are taken into account by the current registration process.


Study on Climate-Resilient Arable Farming
On behalf of Schweizer Hagel, fenaco and the Swiss Farmers’ Union, Agroscope has established a study on climate-resilient arable farming in 2035, with the topic of drought at the centre of the study.


Virtual Fencing without Long-Term Stress for Cows
Agroscope researchers tested a virtual fencing system that delimits the pastures without a physical barrier, using acoustic and electrical signals only.


Using Former Food Products as Pig Feed Reduces Food Waste
Food that is unsuitable for human consumption does not affect the growth performance or carcass composition of pigs to which it is fed. This makes it a promising solution for reducing food waste.


Farmers' Identity and Farm Type Determine Their Perception of Social Sustainability
How do farmers experience social sustainability on their farms? As an Agroscope study shows, this depends on farmers’ identities and farm types.


Predictable yield increases thanks to mycorrhizal fungi inoculation in maize
Researchers were able to show that inoculating maize fields with mycorrhizal fungi can increase harvest yields. In addition, indicators were found for predicting the success of the measure. The findings were published in the scientific journal Nature Microbiology.


SALCA Method Updated for more Accurate, Flexible and Comparable Environmental Assessments
The SALCA life cycle assessment method was comprehensively updated in light of new needs, systematically documented and reviewed by external specialists. This will allow a wide range of research issues in the agriculture and food sector to be addressed.


Safeguarding the Genetic Diversity of Arvine
A programme has been launched for safeguarding the genetic diversity of Arvine, a grape variety formerly cultivated in Valais. Directed selection would make it possible to exploit this variety's biodiversity and to meet the ecological and economic challenges of the future.


Soil Atlas Depicts the Distribution of Chemical Elements in Swiss Soils
Agroscope and the Federal Office for the Environment have published the first Geochemical Soil Atlas of Switzerland. It provides an overview of the large-scale distribution of 20 naturally occurring chemical elements in Swiss soils. The soil atlas will help assess soil pollution levels and take action where necessary.


Various Factors Limit Soil Carbon Storage Potential
Net zero emission targets can only be achieved by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Agroscope has modelled soil carbon storage, food production and agricultural greenhouse gas emission trends for Switzerland.


MOSH/MOAH in Dairy Products – Identifying and Taking Measures to Avoid Input Sources
For some time now, mineral oil hydrocarbons in foods have been the subject of intense discussion. In this factsheet, we give an overview of input sources and benchmarks for different dairy products as well as an introduction to the interpretation of laboratory data.


Impoverished Soil Life Reduces Nutrient Efficiency and Increases Environmental Pollution
Nutrient losses in agricultural production are a global problem. A lysimeter test now shows that soil organisms can make a major contribution to increasing nutrient use efficiency in arable farming and reducing nutrient losses.


How Can We Assess the Agroecological Status of Swiss Farms?
Agroscope researchers tested the FAO method for assessing the agroecological status of farms in Switzerland for the first time, demonstrating the advantages of a holistic evaluation as well as the limits of the tool.


Extending the Productive Life of Dairy Cows: Who Has a Say?
Which stakeholders in the dairy sector have an influence on the productive life of dairy cows? Research results from FiBL and Agroscope suggest that broad-based cooperation is needed to create structures for a longer productive life.


The Challenge of Nutrient Losses – Agroscope Supports Agricultural Practitioners
Over the next few years, nitrogen and phosphorus losses from agriculture must be substantially reduced. With a new series of factsheets, Agroscope is helping farmers improve nutrient efficiency and thereby reduce nutrient losses to the maximum extent possible.

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