New Breeding Technologies Bring Opportunities and Risks for Beneficials


Plants produced using bioengineering methods can simplify agricultural practices, increase yields, and reduce environmental pollution from chemical pesticides. For the sustainable use of these plants, side-effects, including those impacting on biodiversity, must be kept to a minimum.

Agroscope investigates the ecological effects of plants with new traits with a special emphasis on beneficials, and analyses how these plants could improve existing production systems. For this, we develop methods and explore interactions between plants, herbivores and beneficial arthropods in the laboratory, in the greenhouse, and outdoors on the Protected Site.

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Agroscope is operating a protected field site at the location Reckenholz (Zurich) to enable field experiments with genetically modified plants in Switzerland. The aim of those experiments is to identify the potential and the limitations of green gene technology.

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Opportunities and Risks of New Breeding Technologies for the Functional Biodiversity of Arthropods

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