Environment and Resources


What Quantity of Heavy Metals Ends Up in Agricultural Soils?

Calculations carried out by the Swiss Soil Monitoring Network (NABO) over more than 30 years reveal that fertiliser applications and plant-protection products can lead to excess heavy metals in agricultural soils.


More Cherries and Bigger Apples from Optimal Pollination

Certain crops in Switzerland can benefit from more-species-and-individual-rich wild-bee communities. An Agroscope report shows how this could be achieved.


Risk Maps for Plant-Protection Product Input into Surface Waters

What are the possible routes of entry of plant-protection products into surface waters? Agroscope shows the potential input risks in terms of tile drainage, runoff and agricultural point sources for over 20'000 catchment areas.


Fast to Compact, Slow to Recover

Agroscope experts are conducting long-term trials to learn how high the natural regeneration potential of the soil is, how quickly a soil recovers after compaction, and what processes are particularly important here.


Measuring and Optimising Environmental Impacts

Easy-to-use and informative metrics are essential to allow farmers to measure and optimise the environmental impacts of their farming activity for themselves. The recently launched Agroscope research programme ‘Indicate’ aims to develop these metrics.


Recognising the Potential of Climate Protection Measures

IP-SUISSE and Agroscope have developed a point system whose aim is to show what climate protection measures farmers can implement effectively on their farms.


Protecting the Climate with Biochar

An Agroscope study commissioned by the Federal Office for Agriculture shows that the use of biochar clearly has potential, yielding benefits for the climate and ecosystems.


Citizen Science Project ‘Proof by Underpants’

Billions of soil microorganisms have been eating away at the buried underpants. A video will document their state of decomposition once they are dug up.


Bacterial Diversity in Swiss Soils

Bacteria break down contaminants in the soil, make nutrients available to plants and protect plants from pathogens. Agroscope has analysed soil bacterial diversity throughout Switzerland for the first time.


For good, healthy and environmentally friendly food

Working together with three other partners from the private sector, Agroscope coordinates the Horizon 2020 project OptiSignFood, which aims to provide the basics for more efficient, more environmentally friendly food production.