Environment and Resources


Biodiversity Recorded for the First Time

Agroscope’s monitoring programme ‘ALL-EMA’ records species and habitat diversity in the Swiss agricultural landscape. This is the basis for understanding the state of habitats.


New Swiss Agri-Environmental Data Network Website

When developing agricultural policy, it is important to know how farming affects the environment. Agroscope’s Swiss Agri-Environmental Data Network (SAEDN) website has been updated in order to make this information freely available to all interested parties.


March 2021 issue of agroscope Magazine now Online

From pitchfork to fork – this issue of agroscope Magazine focuses on selected food-production topics.


Agricultural Biodiversity

International survey shows different perceptions of biodiversity in science and practice.


Nighttime Illumination also Affects Diurnal Plant Pollination

Street lights and other forms of nighttime illumination alter the number of flower visits made by insects during the day as well as at night.


Rare Arable Crops

Agroscope Leads a Work Package of the New Horizon 2020 Project Promoting Underrepresented Arable Crops.


Targeted Imports and Less Food Waste Reduce ‘Foodprint’

Agroscope calculated that the environmental impact can be improved if food is imported from countries of origin with especially environmentally friendly agricultural production systems. The avoidance of food loss and waste is even more effective in achieving this aim.


Crop Rotation or Crop Cover – What Promotes Healthy Soil?

Crop rotation and crop cover are key elements of environmentally compatible and soil-conserving agriculture.


The Greenhouse Gas Inventory Is Optimised

Agroscope researchers have shown that in extensive cultivation systems, significantly more carbon enters the soil via plant roots than previously assumed.


Positive Impacts on Yields and the Environment

Harnessing the forces of nature and agricultural practice in all its variety brings benefits. This is the conclusion of an international study which was published in the journal ‘Science Advances’.