Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Calculator in Practice: Scope and Limitations
Greenhouse gas calculators can assist in identifying measures to reduce emissions on farms and in quantifying the effect these measures can have. For this to be successful, it is essential to know the scope and limitations of greenhouse gas calculators.


Effects of Selected Factors on Biodiversity in Swiss Agricultural Landscapes
Switzerland’s agricultural landscape harbours a great variety of species and habitats, some of which are endangered. This study sheds light on various direct and indirect, positive and negative factors influencing biodiversity.


Development of Agricultural Machinery over the Las Two Centuries
Do you know that the first power mower came on the market in 1930, or that farm women stopped needing to bend over to harvest potatoes since 1950? Watch the video.


Leaf Canopy Management in Viticulture: Timing of the First Hedge Trimming
Delaying the timing of the first hedge trimming is of limited technical value in vineyard canopy management. Its impact on lateral shoot growth and must composition is minimal.


Dynamics of Bone Mineralisation in Sows and Phosphorus Excretion
Sows mobilise body reserves of phosphorus during lactation and replenish these reserves during gestation. Considering this dynamic allows us to envisage a reduction in dietary intake of phosphorus during lactation, and hence, of excretion into the environment.


How to Limit the Spread of Broad-Leaved Dock
Broad-leaved dock is a problematic weed in permanent meadows and pastures. A European study led by Agroscope highlights the risk factors and recommends preventive measures.


Co-formulants in Plant Protection Products and their Residues in Food
Plant protection products contain active substances and co-formulants. Agroscope studied the residues of co-formulants on treated plants for the first time, thereby furnishing the basis for assessing risks posed to consumers.


How Cost-Efficient is Organic Pasture Fattening?
Beef can be produced in various ways. Intensive fattening is more productive and extensive organic pasture fattening achieves higher prices – but which is more profitable? Agroscope compared the two production systems to learn the answer.


Impact of Foliar Nitrogen Supplementation on Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Wines
The effectiveness of an application of foliar nitrogen at veraison depends on the initial level of vine nitrogen deficiency, an Agroscope study has shown. The threshold levels of assimilable nitrogen deficiency in the grape must are validated for Chardonnay but still need to be confirmed for Sauvignon Blanc.


Higher Plant Diversity in Organic Ecological Focus Areas
Organic farming has a positive effect on plant diversity in Swiss grassland, but ecological focus areas are needed support plant diversity more broadly.


Forage-Based Mixed Rations for Dairy Sheep and Dairy Goats in Practice
Professionally managed dairy sheep and dairy goat farms are increasingly using mixed rations. The composition of rations fed in practice and the resulting milk yield potential were analysed.


Consumers See Animal Welfare as a Key Agricultural Policy Goal
Agroscope researchers conducted an online survey to investigate the attitudes of Swiss consumers to agricultural policy goals in all three language regions. The results should help better shape agricultural policy.


Free e-Learning Course on Sustainable Agriculture
Farmers are faced with the challenge of producing in both a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly manner. Researchers from three research institutions investigated how this challenge can be met and where the limits lie. Their results have been made available in a free e-learning tool.


Exploring the World of Raw-Milk Products
What experience do artisan farms and businesses have in the manufacture of raw-milk products? In association with the Centre of Excellence for Raw-Milk Products, Agroscope researcher Hans-Peter Bachmann visits farms all over Switzerland. The fourth trip takes us to the Girenbad cheese dairy.


When Staphylococcus aureus causes sickness and diarrhoea
Staphylococcus aureus can produce toxins in food that cause sickness and diarrhoea. A new study contributes to a better understanding of toxin-producing bacterial strains and suggests that toxins can occur in food production despite hygiene measures.


What Are the Most Promising Crops for an Agrivoltaic System?
Agrivoltaics combines energy generation and agricultural production on the same land. Although this system is eliciting increasing interest, its success depends on numerous factors and the most compatible crops have yet to be identified.


Quality of Silages from Intensively Managed Permanent Meadows
While botanical composition, growth cycle and phenological stage are integral factors, they are not the sole determinants of the quality of grass silages from intensively managed permanent meadows.


The Many Uses of the ‘Most Beautiful’ Yeast, Metschikowia pulcherrima
Metschnikowia pulcherrima is a naturally occurring yeast with applications in agriculture, the food industry and biotechnology. Agroscope is investigating this yeast in particular with regard to biocontrol applications in plant protection.


First Swiss Field Trial with CRISPR/Cas9-Modified Barley
Agroscope has been granted approval by the Federal Office for the Environment for a field trial with spring barley. The focus is on a barley gene that has been disabled by new breeding techniques. The trial, which will be launched in spring 2024, aims to determine whether yields can be increased.


Impact of Soil Management Methods in Vineyards
Soil management lies at the heart of major global warming and sustainable viticulture issues. In this context, inter-row plant cover in vineyards comes with its share of benefits and drawbacks.