Plant Production


Bt Maize Has Minimal Impact on Non-Target Organisms

Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) bacterium proteins protect Bt maize from being fed on by specific insects. A new, systematic analysis of international field data confirms that non-target organisms in Bt maize are largely spared.


International collaboration in the INVITE project to improve variety selection.

Agroscope is participating in this project, which aims to encourage the introduction of new varieties that are better adapted to different biotic and abiotic conditions and to more-sustainable crop management practices.


Meeting of the European Apple and Pear Variety Testing Working Group

The latest pome-fruit trends and breeding programmes were discussed at the EUFRIN Meeting in June.


Humagne Rouge: Moderate Water Stress Improves Wine Quality

Tests carried out by Agroscope in the Valais region reveal that the Humagne Rouge grape variety yields better wines and is less susceptible to bunch shrivel when grapevines are not irrigated.


Potential for Reducing Nitrogen Losses

At Agroscope, European experts discuss a reassessment of farmyard manures as nitrogen suppliers as a contribution to optimised nutrient management in practice and enforcement.


Organic Arable Farming Days 2022

The Organic Arable Farming Days on 8 and 9 June 2022 drew several hundred specialists to Holziken, canton of Aargau. In addition to farming topics such as crop nutrient supply, climate change have been discussed.


Promising Exotic Antagonist of Spotted-Wing Drosophila

A natural antagonist of Drosophila suzukii, a parasitic wasp from its native range, is harmless to the native non-target species Drosophila melanogaster. This has been proven in trials in secured field cages in Switzerland.


No evidence for bee fitness following sulfoxaflor application

No negative impact of pre-flowering application of the insecticide sulfoxaflor on Osmia bicornis was found. And fungicide azoxystrobin did not interact synergistically with sulfoxaflor.


Tracking Down the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus

The tomato brown rugose fruit virus poses a new threat to Swiss agriculture – especially to tomatoes and peppers. Agroscope is playing a key role in controlling this quarantine organism in Switzerland.


Diversity in Swiss Crop Protection Practices

To reduce plant-protection product use, we need to know what behavioural patterns farmers follow when using plant-protection products in their crops. This was the subject of a study conducted by Agroscope in Switzerland.