Research Projects


Prevention and Sustainable Control of Fungal Diseases in Field Crops

The project provides the basis for the sustainable control of diseases in potatoes, cereals and maize. This is predicated upon a detailed knowledge of the biology of the pathogens, obtained through laboratory, climate-chamber and field trials. Based on the findings, we develop preventive and bio-compatible strategies that enable producers to produce high-quality, safe foods.

Apfel Pilz Faul

Developing New Strategies for Controlling Fungal Diseases in Fruit Production

Fruit crops are threatened by numerous fungal diseases. Plant protection measures are essential for guaranteeing good internal and external fruit quality for consumers in spite of this threat. The aim of this project on fungal diseases in fruit production is to highlight options and strategies for sustainable, lower-risk PPP use.


Studying Fruit Diseases and Pathogens and Developing Sustainable Control Measures

In the ‘Fruit Diseases and Pathogens’ project, alternative plant protection strategies are developed to control the fire-blight pathogen and bacterial canker. This involves the testing and optimal application of lower-risk plant protection products and the researching of microbial antagonists. In addition, modern sequencing technology helps us to determine the diversity of, and accurately identify, quarantine pathogens.


Integrated Control of Spotted-Wing Drosophila

The sudden appearance of Drosophila suzukii in Switzerland in 2011 and the significant local economic damage this caused in commercial fruit production rattled extension workers and producers alike. Viable prevention and control strategies are now emerging that go far beyond chemical plant protection. Agroscope researches to develop solutions for minimising yield losses, and supports the anchoring of these solutions in practice.

Fungal Diseases in Vegetable, Berry and Aromatic-Plant Crops

Rational Management of Fungal Diseases in Vegetable, Soft-Fruit and Aromatic-Plant Crops

Vegetable, soft-fruit and aromatic and medicinal plant crops come under strong pressure from a market which demands products of flawless quality from producers. The aim of this project is to develop a rational strategy for controlling fungal diseases by researching new materials and methods for protecting the environment and human health whilst increasing our understanding of fungal diseases and disseminating the knowledge acquired to producers.

Sustainable Use of Fungicides in Viticulture

Sustainable Use of Fungicides in Viticulture

In order to reduce the use of fungicides in viticulture, this project pursues various lines of research, working on the development of alternative fungicides to synthetic chemicals and copper, developing innovative control strategies, and creating tools enabling the breeding of grape varieties that are naturally resistant to fungal diseases.

Protection against Viruses, Bacteria and Phytoplasmas in Field Crops

Detecting and Understanding Viral, Bacterial and Phytoplasma Diseases in Field Crops

Agroscope’s ‘Virology and Phytoplasmology’ research group aims to identify and anticipate serious epidemic and emerging plant diseases. The use of new technologies should enable the development of reliable methodologies and diagnostic tools for the sustainable protection of agricultural crops.

Protection against Viruses, Bacteria and Phytoplasmas in Viticulture

Sustainable Protection in Viticulture Against Viruses, Bacteria and Phytoplasmas

Agroscope’s ‘Virology and Phytoplasmology’ research group aims to identify and anticipate serious epidemic and emerging diseases of plants. The aim is to develop reliable methods and diagnostic tools for the sustainable protection of agricultural crops through the use of new technologies.

Previous Projects Work Programme 2014-2017

Krank Tomate

Diagnosis of Viruses, Bacteria and Phytoplasma

The virology-photoplasmology laboratory performs molecular and serological diagnoses as well as the epidemiological monitoring of viral and phytoplasma diseases of plants cultivated in Switzerland (all crops), and of bacterial diseases in field crops and special crops (except for arboriculture and horticulture).

Fungus-Plant Interactions

Fungus-Plant Interactions, Risk Forecasts and Control

Fungal diseases linked to climate change and agronomic practices are recurrent problems for which new solutions must be found.

Pilze und Bakterien

Development of Strategies Against Fungi and Bacteria in Fruits and Vegetables

For the sustainable protection of plants against bacteria and fungi, we study the epidemiology of the pathogens, use microorganisms as natural antagonists for plant protection.


Sustainable Plant Protection South of the Alps

The areas in the South of the Alps have different pedologic, climatic and ecologic caracteristics than those of other Swiss areas. In consequence, several phytosanitary problems are specific for that area or are amplified in their frequency of their severity.