The CD possesses a modern research infrastructure, and is responsible for its further development. It is also responsible for conducting practice-oriented trials in the production and processing of milk and meat, for developing cultures for fermented foods, for the Swiss National Stud, and for the Official Feed Inspectorate.
The main tasks of the CD include safeguarding the quality of seed and planting stock under Swiss growing conditions and refining cultivation techniques. The CD is also responsible for testing plant-protection products, producing expert reports on authorisation, and coordinating the diagnosis, monitoring and risk assessment of new and dangerous organisms.
The CD possesses the expertise and infrastructure for developing and validating cutting-edge analytical and molecular-genetic technologies and methodologies, and using them in research projects or enforcement tasks. This includes e.g. quality assurance in the manufacture of feed and food through analytical, microbiological and sensory monitoring.
The RD breeds new varieties of wheat, soya, forage plants and fruit with a view to their commercial success, environmentally sound cultivation, and use in the production of safe, high-quality products. On behalf of the Swiss Confederation, the RD also researches the benefits and risks of genetically modified plants and of the latest breeding technologies.
Changed economic framework conditions, the increasing scarcity of resources, climate change, population growth and the growing demands of society – these are the issues addressed in this RD. Our findings help us formulate good plant-production practice, further improve the competitiveness of the agricultural sector, and minimise risks for humans and the environment.
The RD conducts research into the biology and ecology of harmful organisms and their natural antagonists, in order to develop preventive and conservation measures for the protection of crops. This gives rise to new strategies, the improvement of forecasting models, and a reduction of the risks of chemical plant-protection products.
The RD develops sustainable animal-production systems which optimise roughage production, ensure the well-being of ruminants and pigs, deliver high-quality products, and contribute to an environmentally friendly and cost-efficient agricultural sector. Through its bee research, it develops bases for bee health and beekeeping.
The FB aims to examine and understand the biodiversity of the microorganisms in selected food microbial systems, so as to be able to use these microorganisms in a purposeful manner. The intention is for fermented foods made from Agroscope’s exclusive culture collections to have a competitive edge in terms of quality or safety, and for their origins to be easily traceable.
The environment is adversely affected by the agricultural use of natural resources as well as by ecosystem services. The RD records and models these impacts, and describes the need for action to minimise them. LCAs and sustainability assessments enable the evaluation of options for the future direction of agriculture.
The Research Division develops decision-making bases for policy-makers so that the latter can create optimal framework conditions for a competitive and multifunctional Swiss agricultural sector. Regular analysis of accountancy data allows the identification of promising farm strategies. The Research Division also tests Smart Farming systems for optimising production systems.