Agroscope

Agroscope
Schwarzenburgstrasse 161, 3097 Liebefeld
Agroscope  
Location: Bern
Discipline: Agronomy/Food Science
Affiliation: Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research
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Agroscope, the Swiss federal research institute for the agri-food sector, is undergoing a reorganisation. Since 1 January 2014, Agroscope will run four institutes:

  • Institute for Plant Production Sciences
  • Institute for Sustainability Sciences
  • Institute for Livestock Sciences
  • Institute for Food Sciences
Agroscope is affiliated with the Federal Office for Agriculture. The strategic orientation of Agroscope is now determined by the new Agroscope Council. The key tasks remain the same, but have been more clearly defined: (1) Research and development for the agri-food sector; (2) Policy advice for government agencies; and (3) Enforcement tasks in accordance with statutory provisions. These three primary functions enable numerous synergies, and position Agroscope as a bridge-builder between basic and applied research.

Since 2014 onwards, Agroscope’s research will be based on the following six thematic priorities representing the challenges currently faced by the agri-food sector: (1) Ecological intensification; (2) Safeguarding natural resources; (3) Challenge of climate change; (4) High-quality food; (5) Improved competitiveness; (6) Vital and attractive rural areas.

Environment - Agronomy - Sep 10
Zurich-Reckenholz, 10.09.2019 - Producing food and feed while protecting the climate - is that possible? Yes, and agroforestry is one option, combining agriculture and wood production on the same land.
Life Sciences - Environment - Sep 5

Zurich-Reckenholz, 05.09.2019 - Pollinators and beneficial insects contribute to a rich harvest in many crops. But in agricultural crops these insects do not always find enough food. Agroscope experts have shown for the first time which flowering plants are especially important for pollinators and beneficial insects in the course of the year.

Agronomy - Environment - Jun 25

Switzerland is a grassland. The climate and soil provide ideal conditions for grass production, and thus for sustainable milk and meat production, whilst natural conditions are often unfavourable for arable farming.

Life Sciences - Agronomy - Mar 19
Life Sciences - Agronomy

Take protein - for instance, in the form of skimmed-milk powder - and put a pinch of it in a test tube.

Health - Agronomy - Feb 21
Health - Agronomy

Around two-thirds of the global adult population cannot digest lactose - milk sugar - due to a deficiency in lactase, the enzyme that is required for lactose digestion in humans.

Environment - Aug 19
Environment

Angus, or Scottish Highland: not all cows are the same when it comes to a preference for different shrub, herbaceous and grass species.

Life Sciences - Agronomy - Mar 25

Corinne Boss is the new Head of Agroscope's 'Animals and Products of Animal Origin' Competence Division for Research Technology and Knowledge Transfer; in this capacity, she also becomes a Member of the Agroscope Executive Board.

Agronomy - Feb 26

Vegetables and fruits are an essential part of a healthy diet - but it is these foods in particular which usually require an above-average use of plant-protection products (PPPs). Plant protection is indispensable, as it ensures quantity and quality of yield in all plant crops and production systems.

Administration - Agronomy - Nov 30, 2018

On 30 November, the Federal Council took a strategic decision on the future siting of Agroscope. The Swiss centre of excellence for agricultural research will comprise one central research campus at Posieux (FR), regional research centres in Changins (VD) and Reckenholz (ZH), and a number of local test stations.




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