2021

18.11.2021

Unusual Arable Crops to Make a Comeback
Agroscope aims to do its part to increase the diversity of crop rotations. As part of the Horizon 2020 project CROPDIVA, six arable crops are to be grown more widely once again.

15.11.2021

Digitalisation Enables Targeted Fertilising
Agroscope experts are using Smart Farming methods to test how the different areas of a field could be fertilised differently, according to need.

11.11.2021

Thomas Gentil to Be New Deputy Head of Agroscope
New Agroscope Executive Board member: From 1 March 2022, Thomas Gentil will be the Deputy Head of Agroscope and Head of the Resources Unit. Most recently he was responsible for corporate development at the Swiss Federal Office of Police (fedpol).

02.11.2021

How Much More Water Will Swiss Crops Need in Future?
Model calculations show how climate change will affect the water requirement for different crops grown on the Swiss Central Plateau. This will allow us to proactively plan for crop irrigation and adaptation to the changing climate.

21.09.2021

What Quantity of Heavy Metals Ends Up in Agricultural Soils?
Calculations carried out by the Swiss Soil Monitoring Network (NABO) over more than 30 years reveal that fertiliser applications and plant-protection products can lead to excess heavy metals in agricultural soils.

14.09.2021

More Cherries and Bigger Apples from Optimal Pollination
Certain crops in Switzerland can benefit from more-species-and-individual-rich wild-bee communities. An Agroscope report shows how this could be achieved.

02.09.2021

Risk Maps for Plant-Protection Product Input into Surface Waters
What are the possible routes of entry of plant-protection products into surface waters? Agroscope shows the potential input risks in terms of tile drainage, runoff and agricultural point sources for over 20'000 catchment areas.

18.08.2021

Fast to Compact, Slow to Recover
Agroscope experts are conducting long-term trials to learn how high the natural regeneration potential of the soil is, how quickly a soil recovers after compaction, and what processes are particularly important here.

16.08.2021

Measuring and Optimising Environmental Impacts
Easy-to-use and informative metrics are essential to allow farmers to measure and optimise the environmental impacts of their farming activity for themselves. The recently launched Agroscope research programme ‘Indicate’ aims to develop these metrics.

05.08.2021

Increasing Food-Security Challenges Faced by Switzerland
Agroscope conducts an annual analysis of the risks to food supply on behalf of the Swiss Federal Office for Economic Supply FONES. In 2021, a power shortage, seed imports and climate change were addressed as particular risks.

26.07.2021

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.

13.07.2021

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

05.07.2021

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.

24.06.2021

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.

24.06.2021

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.

22.06.2021

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.

17.05.2021

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.

03.05.2021

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.

27.04.2021

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

21.04.2021

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.