Research Projects


Sustainable Pest Control in Arable Farming and Grassland

This project develops innovative solutions for controlling the most important pests in arable production, thereby contributing to the further development of sustainable plant protection.


Sustainable Control of Harmful Arthropods in Viticulture

Increased global trade and ongoing climate change mean that the Swiss viticulture sector is increasingly confronted with new pests and pathogens. The aim of this project is to provide winemakers with the necessary knowledge to face the new circumstances and respond appropriately and sustainably to new pests.

Molekulare Diagnostik

Molecular Diagnostic Methods and Epidemiology of Harmful and Beneficial Agricultural Organisms

Modern genetic diagnostic methods not only allow the reliable identification of agriculturally important organisms; they also enable the genetic characterisation of relevant traits, such as pesticide- and antibiotic resistance. In this project, methods of this sort are developed for on-site use, opening up new possibilities for modern plant protection.


Developing Bioinformatic Methods to Enable the Targeted Use of Microbiomes

‘Good’ microorganisms can promote plant growth and/or protect plants from pests, serve as an indicator of soil quality, or ferment milk in cheese production. Bioinformatic data analysis is a key requirement for comprehensively describing complex microbiomes and for making targeted use of individual, functionally relevant microorganisms.

Previous Projects

nematoden meloidogyne enterolobii

National Compentence Centre for Nematology

Exploring protection against damage caused by plant-parastic nematodes. The aim is to develop and implement new concepts for prevention, diagnosis and integrated control.

Molekulare Diagnostik

Genomics-Assisted Diagnostics and Epidemiology

Correct identification of agriculturally relevant pests and diseases is a basic principle for successful and sustainable plant protection.