Buried Underwear Shows that Humus Promotes Soil Life and Pro-tects against Drought
The aim of the ‘Proof by Underpants’ project was to obtain exten-sive information on the soil quality of gardens and farms, for the first time with the help of the general population. Initial results show that humus plays a key role in the soil, helping it cope better with climate-induced drought.


Scoring Points with Plant Protection in Vegetable Crops
Agroscope has developed a scoring system for plant protection in vegetable crops. The system enables the creation of incentives for reducing the use and environmental risks of plant-protection products and promoting preventive and non-chemical measures.


Smart ‘Home Garden’ at Agroscope
Agroscope has set up a ‘Home Garden’ pilot plant on its Conthey site to transfer its expertise in indoor-farming research to the ‘Home Garden’ system developed by the Zurich-based company Pleasant Plants.


Vacherin Fribourgeois PDO: Consumer Study Shows Popularity of Raw-Milk Cheeses
At the new Centre of Excellence for Raw-Milk Products, Agroscope and Grangeneuve interviewed test subjects about the popularity of Vacherin Fribourgeois PDO cheeses made from raw and thermised milk. The study showed that the market potential of raw-milk cheeses has not yet been exhausted.


Swiss Food Security 2022: Current Events and Trends
Despite the current challenges of e.g. the war in Ukraine and climate change, the Swiss food sector is relatively resilient. This is the conclusion reached by Agroscope’s report on behalf of the Swiss Federal Office for National Economic Supply.


Promoting Soil Organisms for Good Yields
A wide variety of creatures live in the soil: invertebrates as well as bacteria and fungi. Besides improving soil structure and composition, they can be of direct benefit to crops by making nutrients available to them or by attacking pathogens.


Regeneration of Compacted Subsoils
A video gives a brief explanation of the problem of compacted subsoils and introduces the ROCSUB Project which studies different ways of regenerating a severely compacted subsoil.


Weathering the Fallout from the Pandemic
Swiss farmers were less hard-hit by the consequences of the pandemic than their colleagues in the neighbouring European countries. This is because farms in Switzerland are more diversified.


Mastering the challenges of the future
Researchers from WSL, Agroscope and Vrije University Amsterdam have applied methods from futurology to identify four megatrends in European agriculture. This study should help to master the challenges of the future.


Strawberries ‘Remember’ Heat
An Agroscope study shows: heat and other stress situations influence the DNA of woodland strawberry. The resulting changes can help forearm strawberries against subsequent stress situations – they ‘remember’.


Pollutants in Products Containing Activated Carbon: Improving Detection Methods and Legal Bases
Many consumer goods contain activated carbon, which can be contaminated with pollutants like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Agroscope showed that current analytical methods and legal bases used to address PAH content are incomplete.


Average Grassland Yields in Switzerland Shaped by Summer Drought
Dry summers can see a loss of up to 25% of total Swiss roughage production. This is because grassland yields are strongly correlated with summer drought, as shown by a new analysis conducted by Agroscope and the Swiss Farmers’ Union.


Gaining a Better Understanding of Herbicide Resistance
Herbicide-resistant weeds are a growing problem throughout the world. Monitoring herbicide resistance in Switzerland allows us to understand the mechanisms behind it and to better manage the use of herbicides.


Flavescence Dorée Vine Disease Genome Decoded for the First Time
Agroscope researchers have succeeded in cracking the genome of a quarantine grapevine disease, flavescence dorée, which had proven virtually impossible to combat to date. The decoding will enable us to identify the weak points of the pathogen so that it can be fought more effectively.


Crop Protection in Apple Production: Environmental and Economic Impacts of Different Strategies
Agroscope a comparé plusieurs stratégies de protection phytosanitaire dans la culture des pommes. La réduction des produits phytosanitaires a permis de diminuer les risques écotoxicologiques locaux, mais d'autres conflits d'objectifs sont apparus en matière d'environnement et de l’économie.


Drought-Tolerant Sorghum to Combat Fodder Scarcity
Agroscope’s trials test the agronomic properties of sorghum, an African grass from the family Poaceae, and its qualities as a forage.


Temporary Carbon Sinks also Benefit the Climate
Storing carbon in the soil in the form of soil organic matter benefits the climate. A new approach allows us to quantify this effect.


Fleabanes – to control or not to control?
Info Flora and Agroscope’s ‘Invasive Neophytes’ Expert Group has conducted a risk assessment of the fleabanes Conyza canadensis, C. sumatrensis und C. bonariensis for the attention of the FOEN. The conclusion: these three newly occurring plants in Switzerland do not currently pose a threat for biodiversity.


Climate Change: a Challenge
The dossier, which contains current publications, gives an insight into selected Agroscope research projects.


More Efficient Nitrogen Use thanks to Site-Specific Fertilisation
A test of five methods using the example of winter-wheat cultivation shows that site-specific nitrogen fertilisation enables more efficient fertilising without adversely affecting yield.