This research activity concentrates on the development of efficient and environmentally sound measures for the control of pest organisms pests and pathogens in cereals, potatoes, oilseed rape and in pastures. These measures will contribute to an environmentally compatible and at the same time economically attractive agricultural production. Ultimately, we aim to safeguard and increase the supply of sustainably produced food and feed of Swiss origin.
Many insect pests are attacked and killed naturally by fungal disease. These fungi can be specifically used as natural enemies in biological pest control. Such control methods do not harm beneficial organisms and help reduce insecticide use. new window
Agroscope is investigating the importance of fungal disease in the natural control of pest populations. It is carrying out basic research and acquiring knowledge for the targeted use of natural enemies in controlling arable land and grassland pests. The primary focus is on the development of products based on insecticidal fungi which can be deployed against root pests and plant-eating insects.