Seed-Testing Laboratory Again Fully ISTA-Accredited
On 19 November 2021 the Agroscope Seed-Testing Laboratory received full reaccreditation from the ISTA.


Challenges for Sustainable Soil Management – A Stocktake
The preservation of soil fertility and multiple soil functions faces various challenges both in Switzerland and throughout Europe. A survey carried out in Switzerland among people from practice, government agencies and research highlights problems and possible solutions.


Proof by Underpants’ – School Class Helps with Analysis
On 16 November, visitors who had previously sent in soil samples as well as decomposed underwear and tea bags to Agroscope found out what became of them. On 25 November, a school class helped to analyse the samples.


November 2021 issue of agroscope magazine now online
This issue highlights various approaches aimed at creating a sustainable agriculture and food sector.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.