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.


Research for Resilient Pigs and Chickens
Agroscope and partners are launching the EU research project MonoGutHealth. This project aims to use innovative nutrition strategies to promote gut microbial colonisation in pigs and chickens in order to strengthen their resilience.


Dairy Products and Holidaymakers
Swiss milk producers can boost their income and productivity with agrotourism.


Crop Rotation or Crop Cover – What Promotes Healthy Soil?
Crop rotation and crop cover are key elements of environmentally compatible and soil-conserving agriculture.


Controlling Yellow Nutsedge with Free-Range Pigs
Using pigs to control yellow nutsedge is environmentally friendly, effective, protects the soil, and creates added value: the flesh of the animals can be sold as meat.


Second Edition of Cider Varieties Guide Now Online
The sugar levels of the different varieties have been adjusted in the current edition. In addition, there is now a French version of the Cider Varieties Guide.


The Greenhouse Gas Inventory Is Optimised
Agroscope researchers have shown that in extensive cultivation systems, significantly more carbon enters the soil via plant roots than previously assumed.


DAMASYS project – the call for tenders is published on
Agroscope is seeking to procure a data management system supporting agricultural crop research. Tenderers are invited to submit an offer by 26 February 2021.


Potrait of Lutz Merbold: Head of Division since October
Lutz Merbold hopes to make a more positive impact on the climate debate in agriculture at Agroscope. Using agroecological approaches, he hopes to highlight potential solutions. More about him in our Portrait.


Urgent Measures for Controlling Japanese Beetle
As the harmful Japanese beetle has now become established in Sottoceneri (canton of Ticino), the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture has ordered containment measures. These are intended to halt the further spread of this pest in Switzerland.


Generous Sizing of Cubicles for Dairy Cows
An Agroscope study shows the adverse affect of cubicles that are too small on the lying behaviour of large cows in free stalls. New-builds must therefore be proactively geared to the future body size of cows.


Steam Effective Against Cereal Diseases
Seed treatments are meant to protect germinating crops from diseases. Agroscope tested thermal treatment methods in association with fenaco.


Positive Impacts on Yields and the Environment
Harnessing the forces of nature and agricultural practice in all its variety brings benefits. This is the conclusion of an international study which was published in the journal ‘Science Advances’.


Wild Bees Fly for Research
What stresses wild bees? In this video, Matthias Albrecht outlines the initial findings of the trials and shows what is needed to develop effective mitigation measures.


LabourScope – The Work Budget for Agriculture and Housekeeping
How much time does it take to perform the individual activities on a farm? Are all those involved satisfied with the distribution of the work? How could the distribution be further improved?