DAMASYS project – the call for tenders is published on simap.ch
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?


High-Risk Plant Protection Products – Is Effective Crop Protection Possible Without Them?
Agroscope examined whether it is possible to forgo the use of PPPs with a high risk potential for the environment. The results show that this would make effective crop protection more difficult, especially for field and vegetable crops, but also in organic farming.


Sown Wildflower Strips and Hedgerows – Good for Pest Control, Pollination and Yields?
Sown wildflower strips improve pest control, and diverse, perennial strips also improve pollination services. Hedgerows in Switzerland yielded good results, while internationally effects were inconsistent. The effects on yield were variable.