Safeguarding Natural Resources

Natürliche Ressourcen

The natural resources soil, air, water and biodiversity are the basis of our agricultural sector. We conduct research for sustainable management, so that these resources will also be available to future generations.

Research Projects

Soil Fertility and Soil Protection

Soil Fertility and Soil Protection

The ability to assess soil quality and the effect thereon of management measures is an essential prerequisite for sustainable agricultural soil use and management.

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Assessments of the Possible Risks of Plant Protection Products for Aquatic, Soil-Dwelling and Terrestrial Organisms, and Monitoring of Agro-Environmental Indicators.

Molekulare Diagnostik

Genomics-Assisted Diagnostics and Epidemiology

Correct identification of agriculturally relevant pests and diseases is a basic principle for successful and sustainable plant protection.

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Agroscope Phytosanitary Service

Agroscope Phytosanitary Service (APS) being part of the Federal Phytosanitary Service (SFP) help to prevent the dispersion of quarantined organisms.

Resource-Sparing Orchard Fruit Production Systems

Resource-Sparing Cultivation Systems are Developed and Compared with Already-Established Systems in Terms of Sustainability, Fruit Quality and Cost-Effectiveness.

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Nutrient Efficiency and Agricultural Water Protection

Not only does fertilisation help maintain good yields, it also guarantees the quality of our food. In addition to its many positive effects, however, it can also exert negative influences on our environment.

Central Evaluation of Agri-Environmental Indicators (CA-AUI)

Central Evaluation of Agri-Environmental Indicators

The sustainability of agriculture is determined on the basis of various agri-environmental indicators. Agroscope is responsible for method development as well as for the central analysis of agri-environmental indicators.

Swiss Soil Monitoring Network (NABO)

Swiss Soil Monitoring Network

The main objective of the Swiss Soil Monitoring Network (NABO) is the recording and assessment of chemical, physical and biological soil pollution at national level, as well as the spatial and temporal early recognition and forecasting of changes.


Soil Biodiversity and Soil Ecosystem Services

Soil organisms play a key role in agricultural ecosystems. We investigate interactions between plants and soil organisms in order to bridge the gaps in the knowledge on biodiversity and the role of soil organisms in ecosystem services.


Biodiversity Indicators

The diversity of habitats, species, crop varieties and livestock breeds forms the basis of agricultural production. Agrosope is developing indicators to record this diversity and conducts the national monitoring ALL-EMA on farmland species and habitats.


Functional Ecological Compensation

Maintaining and promoting species and habitat diversity is one of the most important jobs of our multifunctional agriculture.

LCA and Sustainability Assessment: Principles

Life Cycle Assessment: Methods and Data

Which environmental impacts are important for agricultural production? How can these be quantified? To answer such questions, we continue to develop the environmental LCA methodology and create the necessary databases and calculation tools.

Benefits and Environmental Risks Associated with the Use of Macroorganisms for Plant Protection

Benefits and Risks of Macroorganisms

Parasitoids and predators are among the organisms used for biological pest control in agriculture. We investigate the potential ecological risks posed by new plant-protection macroorganisms, as well as their benefits for a sustainable agricultural sector.

Benefits and Environmental Risks of Genetically Modified Plants (GMPs)

Benefits and Risks of GMP

Genetically modified plants are grown on ever-increasing acreage worldwide. We investigate the potential benefits for agriculture as well as the ecological risks. Our research focuses mainly on the effects for non-target organisms.

Molecular Microbial Ecology in Agricultural Systems

Molecular Microbial Ecology

Micro-organisms play a fundamental functional role in many ecosystems including agricultural systems. An intact microbial community and the diversity of microbial conversion processes and functions are important to the stability of such systems.

Molecular Plant Ecology

Molecular Plant Ecology

Plant populations constitute an important component of functional biodiversity in grassland ecosystems. They are formed by the complex interaction of the genetic traits of individual plants with environmental factors such as management, nutrients and harmful substances, as well as beneficial and pathogenic microorganisms.

Projekt Emissionen und Immissionen aus Tierhaltungsanlagen Traktor

Animal-Housing Emissions

Ammonia, diesel soot, odour and other emissions are by-products of agricultural production. Often, these emissions are closely associated with the use of energy. New solutions for reducing emissions and using energy more efficiently are needed.

Projekt ressourcenoptimierte Verfahrenstechnik Traktor

Resource-Efficient Process Engineering

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) offer new ways of improving agricultural production processes. The challenge now is to further optimise conventional processes in order to save costs, use resources sparingly, and improve quality.