Plant Production


RESO Symposium 2022: Resilient Varieties for Sustainable Swiss Fruit Production

On Friday 16 September 2022 the Schweizer Obstverband (Swiss Fruit Association), Agroscope and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL welcomed attendees to the second RESO symposium. After two years’ research into the development of methods for determining varietal resilience, the project team presented its current trial results.


Strawberries ‘Remember’ Heat

An Agroscope study shows: heat and other stress situations influence the DNA of woodland strawberry. The resulting changes can help forearm strawberries against subsequent stress situations – they ‘remember’.


Gaining a Better Understanding of Herbicide Resistance

Herbicide-resistant weeds are a growing problem throughout the world. Monitoring herbicide resistance in Switzerland allows us to understand the mechanisms behind it and to better manage the use of herbicides.


Flavescence Dorée Vine Disease Genome Decoded for the First Time

Agroscope researchers have succeeded in cracking the genome of a quarantine grapevine disease, flavescence dorée, which had proven virtually impossible to combat to date. The decoding will enable us to identify the weak points of the pathogen so that it can be fought more effectively.


Crop Protection in Apple Production: Environmental and Economic Impacts of Different Strategies

Agroscope a comparé plusieurs stratégies de protection phytosanitaire dans la culture des pommes. La réduction des produits phytosanitaires a permis de diminuer les risques écotoxicologiques locaux, mais d'autres conflits d'objectifs sont apparus en matière d'environnement et de l’économie.


Drought-Tolerant Sorghum to Combat Fodder Scarcity

Agroscope’s trials test the agronomic properties of sorghum, an African grass from the family Poaceae, and its qualities as a forage.


Fleabanes – to control or not to control?

Info Flora and Agroscope’s ‘Invasive Neophytes’ Expert Group has conducted a risk assessment of the fleabanes Conyza canadensis, C. sumatrensis und C. bonariensis for the attention of the FOEN. The conclusion: these three newly occurring plants in Switzerland do not currently pose a threat for biodiversity.


Climate Change: a Challenge

The dossier, which contains current publications, gives an insight into selected Agroscope research projects.


July 2022 issue of agroscope magazine now online

This issue sheds light on research topics such as the new Smart Farming technologies, soil carbon sequestration and the improvement of wine quality.


Bt Maize Has Minimal Impact on Non-Target Organisms

Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) bacterium proteins protect Bt maize from being fed on by specific insects. A new, systematic analysis of international field data confirms that non-target organisms in Bt maize are largely spared.