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Agroscope researches for an agricultural sector that is adapted to climate change. Discover articles on invasive species (neobiota), drought-resistant plants and heat stress in dairy cows in the September issue of agroscope Magazine.


First Experimental Release of Parasitic Asian Wasp to Control Spotted-Wing Drosophila

The invasive spotted-wing drosophila (SWD) is a devastating pest in berry, stone fruit and grape crops. A natural antagonist from the fruit fly’s area of origin in East Asia is now due to be released in Switzerland for the first time by Agroscope and CABI.


Japanese Beetle or Other Alien Species: Beware of Stowaways

As the holiday season kicks off, the Federal Office for Agriculture calls on holidaymakers to refrain from accidentally importing insect stowaways, since exotic pests such as the Japanese beetle – so called ‘non-indigenous species’ – can cause major damage.


Using Modern Technology to Optimise Plant-Protection Application

The aim of the PFLOPF project is to reduce plant-protection use by at least 25%. This is to be achieved with Precision Farming technologies, including online forecasting tools, GPS steering systems, and sensor-controlled plant-protection and hoeing machines.


Controlling Plant Growth in the Track Area with Hot Water

By 2025, the SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) aims to control the vegetation in the track area without herbicides. Agroscope tested the effectiveness of hot-water treatments in a three-year trial and rates this method as a suitable alternative to herbicides.


The March 2023 agroscope magazine is online

The spring issue of agroscope Magazine showcases our wide range of research activities and our commitment to increasingly sustainable agricultural production.


Agroscope Strengthens its Expertise in Agroecology

Agroscope welcomes proven expert in organic farming and agroecology Lucius Tamm on board. Tamm will be responsible inter alia for the strategy process as preparation for the new 2026–2029 Work Programme, as well as for the further development of international collaborations.


1st European Healthy Soils Conference

The 1st European Healthy Soils Conference on soil fertility will take place in Muttenz from 13 to 15 September 2023. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 March.


The November 2022 agroscope magazine is online

The Agroscope Centre of Excellence for Raw-Milk Products investigated the popularity of Vacherin Fribourgeois PDO cheese. Read about this and many more studies in the latest issue of the magazine.


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.




Agrometeo is a platform that summarises information and decision-support tools for the optimised application of plant protection measures in agriculture.

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Information system to assess the risk of Fusarium infection and DON contamination in wheat. For registered wheat plots, downloads are available for daily values and infection-risk maps as well as forecasts of DON contamination.