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.


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


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.


Emergency Supplies Before, During and After the Swiss Confederation’s COVID-19 Measures
The older the respondents, the better they know and follow the emergency supply recommendations. Experience from the first lockdown can help ensure more stocking-up in future.


Biodiversity Recorded for the First Time
Agroscope’s monitoring programme ‘ALL-EMA’ records species and habitat diversity in the Swiss agricultural landscape. This is the basis for understanding the state of habitats.


Cockchafer Control Campaign Launched in Thurgau, Graubünden and Bern
Agroscope, plant-protection agencies and affected farmers launch 2021 campaign for controlling cockchafers in the mountain region with naturally occurring fungi.


Characterisation of Raclette du Valais PDO
Agroscope has comprehensively characterised the cheese variety Raclette du Valais PDO (Protected Designation of Origin). With the reference values obtained, cheese-dairy advisory services will be able to identify cheese defects more easily in future.


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.