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Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 16.06.2021
Updating the self-sufficiency ratio
Updating the self-sufficiency ratio
The level of self-sufficiency indicates the extent to which agricultural performance ensures food security.

Agronomy / Food Science - Economics / Business - 07.05.2021
Insuring crops from space
Extreme weather poses increasing challenges to the agricultural sector. New insurance models based on satellite data may reduce the risk of drought for farmers, writes Robert Finger. Climate change is increasing drought risk to many areas. Droughts already cause massive yield losses on a regular basis, and coping with this risk is becoming increasingly important to farmers.

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 27.04.2021
Digital advisory services for smallholder families in Africa and Asia
Digital advisory services for smallholder families in Africa and Asia
A research and innovation project at the University of Bern aims to strengthen sustainable farming methods among smallholder families in Africa and Asia using digitally supported agricultural extension services.

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 23.04.2021

Agronomy / Food Science - 31.03.2021
Every bunny counts
Every bunny counts
Many cocoa farmers live in poverty - yet the fairly traded chocolate bunny often stays on the shelves.

Agronomy / Food Science - 11.02.2021

Agronomy / Food Science - 20.01.2021

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 07.01.2021
More Root Carbon in Extensive Cultivation Systems - the Greenhouse Gas Inventory Is Optimised
Soils possess great potential for sequestering CO2 from the atmosphere in the form of carbon, and thus for mitigating global warming.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 23.12.2020
We’ve got a lot on our plate
There is little to suggest we'll be eating less meat any time soon. In the last post of 2020, Lukas Fesenfeld explains why a sustainable food supply system is still possible. Christmas is just around the corner, along with a string of festive meals - though probably on a smaller scale this year. I promise, I don't want to deny you your Christmas roast! However, the end of the year is a good opportunity to reflect on some fundamental questions and to become aware of one's own attitudes.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 08.10.2020
The quest for a holistic pesticide policy
Bans and simple measures alone won't solve the problems in plant protection. Robert Finger presses for a comprehensive pesticide policy.

Agronomy / Food Science - 21.07.2020
"Ticino a te", bringing local produce closer to you also thanks to USI
The Osservatorio dello sviluppo territoriale (OST) (Observatory of Territorial Development), based at USI Academy of Architecture, has developed, in collaboration with Centro di Competenze Agroalimen

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 03.07.2020
Agroscope Publishes Study on Environmental Impacts of Drinking-Water Initiative
In an in-depth study, Agroscope analysed the possible environmental impacts of implementing the Drinking-Water Initiative. The life-cycle assessment shows that pesticide and nutrient pollution of Swiss water bodies and groundwater could be reduced. In addition, inland biodiversity could be improved slightly.

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 05.05.2020
Meat alternatives at the Empa restaurant
Meat alternatives at the Empa restaurant
«One Two We» is a sustainability program launched by the SV Group and WWF Switzerland. The goal is to reduce CO2 emissions of staff restaurants through sustainable food.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 20.12.2019

Innovation - Agronomy / Food Science - 11.10.2019

Agronomy / Food Science - Event - 19.09.2019
Solutions for the future of nutritional research
Every day, we choose the food we eat and influence our health, whether consciously or not. This link between diet and health is a core concern of nutritional scientists, who met in Bern from 7 to 12 September 2019 for the 16th annual conference of the NuGO nutrigenomics association.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 10.09.2019
Climate protection thanks to agroforestry
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.

Agronomy / Food Science - 25.07.2019
Phosphorus Recycling: Switzerland as Trailblazer
Phosphorus Recycling: Switzerland as Trailblazer
In Zurich last week, some 200 experts discussed the future of the essential nutrient phosphorus. Without phosphorus, no cell, plant, or animal can function.

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 25.06.2019
Grassland Researchers Meet in Zurich
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. However, grass production too is facing new challenges. Despite extreme weather such as drought, the agricultural sector aims to produce top-quality forage, so that concentrate use can be reduced as much as possible.

Life Sciences - Agronomy / Food Science - 08.05.2019
Enabling consumers to analyze their food's DNA
Enabling consumers to analyze their food's DNA
EPFL's Digital Epidemiology Lab held its first food DNA sequencing workshop last Saturday, in association with SwissDeCode and Hackuarium.

Life Sciences - Agronomy / Food Science - 25.03.2019
Corinne Boss Takes Reins of ’Animals and Products of Animal Origin’ Competence Division at Agroscope
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. A biologist and official expert in animal health, Corinne Boss currently works at the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) as a Research Scientist in the 'Products of Animal Origin and Livestock Breeding' Division.

Agronomy / Food Science - 26.02.2019
Committed to Sustainable Plant Production for the Reduction of Pesticides
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).

Computer Science - Agronomy / Food Science - 30.01.2019
Using artificial intelligence to save bees
Using artificial intelligence to save bees
A beekeeper teamed up with the Signal Processing Laboratory 5 and a group of EPFL students to develop an app that counts the number of Varroa mites in beehives.

Administration - Agronomy / Food Science - 30.11.2018

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 21.08.2018

Agronomy / Food Science - Health - 14.03.2018
Agroscope Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Global Seed Vault
Agroscope Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Global Seed Vault
Changins, 14.03.2018 - Agroscope went to Svalbard, Norway, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Global Plant Seed Vault, where over a million seed varieties from all around the world are stored in duplicate.

Agronomy / Food Science - Materials Science - 23.11.2017

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 24.10.2017

Agronomy / Food Science - 03.10.2017

Agronomy / Food Science - 05.09.2017
Combating Japanese Beetles with Fungi
Zurich-Reckenholz, 05.09.2017 - In June of this year, the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) was detected for the first time in Switzerland, in the canton of Ticino. Considered to be a quarantine pest, it is subject to obligatory control. Agroscope researchers are testing whether this quarantine pest can be controlled with fungi that are effective against May and June beetles.

Agronomy / Food Science - 24.08.2017
Tef benefits from further research funding
Tef benefits from further research funding
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) Tef is Ethiopia's most important staple food crop.

Innovation - Agronomy / Food Science - 05.07.2017
Naturalness as a success factor
Naturalness as a success factor
"Naturalness" is a construct - but according to a new study from the ETH Consumer Behavior group, a product's success on the food market is primarily defined by whether or not consumers perceive it as natural. The increasingly artificial and virtual nature of everyday life has now achieved broad acceptance, and the benefits that technological development bring to everyone cannot be denied.

Computer Science - Agronomy / Food Science - 12.02.2017
The first OpenFood hackathon at EPFL is a hit
The first OpenFood hackathon at EPFL is a hit
EPFL hosted the first OpenFood Hackdays this past Friday and Saturday. The event attracted 110 participants, whose goal was to brainstorm technological solutions to food-related challenges.

Agronomy / Food Science - Life Sciences - 10.11.2016
Vacancies on Agroscope Executive Board all filled: Alain Gaume as Head of 'Plant Pro-tection'
Vacancies on Agroscope Executive Board all filled: Alain Gaume as Head of ‘Plant Pro-tection’
Bern, 10.11.2016 - Dr. Alain Gaume will be the new Head of Agroscope's 'Plant Protection' Strategic Research Division.

Agronomy / Food Science - Life Sciences - 10.11.2016
Vacancies on Agroscope Executive Board all filled: Alain Gaume as Head of 'Plant Protection'
Vacancies on Agroscope Executive Board all filled: Alain Gaume as Head of ‘Plant Protection’
Bern, 10.11.2016 - Dr. Alain Gaume will be the new Head of Agroscope's 'Plant Protection' Strategic Research Division.

Agronomy / Food Science - Health - 09.09.2016
Secrets of honey-making by bees unveiled
Secrets of honey-making by bees unveiled
Bern, 09.09.2016 - From never seen before X-ray images of honey bee combs, a research team from Agroscope and the Institute of Bee Health at the University of Bern (both Switzerland) could study how honey is produced. The team used computer tomography to measure sugar concentration in the wax cells, without disturb-ing the sensitive mechanisms of the colony.

Agronomy / Food Science - 01.09.2016
Nadja El Benni to head 'Competitiveness and System Evaluation' Research Division
Nadja El Benni to head ‘Competitiveness and System Evaluation’ Research Division
Bern, 01.09.2016 - Dr. Nadja El Benni was appointed Head of the 'Competitiveness and System Evaluation' Strategic Research Division by Agroscope Council on 25 August 2016.

Agronomy / Food Science - 30.08.2016
Using force to stifle dialogue
Using force to stifle dialogue
In a comment on ETH News, ETH President Lino Guzzella is strongly disapproving the attack on a plant breeding congress. 'I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend your right to say it.' Although Voltaire himself never uttered these words, they nevertheless capture the spirit of his thinking and thus provide us with a shining example of some of the most important achievements of Enlightenment philosophy: freedom of expression and the supremacy of reason over violence.

Agronomy / Food Science - Life Sciences - 29.08.2016
EUCARPIA Congress at ETH Zurich: Plant Breeding as both Art and Science
EUCARPIA Congress at ETH Zurich: Plant Breeding as both Art and Science
Zurich, 29.08.2016 - A good 400 researchers from the future-oriented field of plant breeding will meet this week at the 20th EUCARPIA General Congress in Zurich, organised by Agroscope and ETH Zurich.

Agronomy / Food Science - 25.08.2016

Agronomy / Food Science - Veterinary - 09.06.2016
Weak bees make strong colonies
Weak bees make strong colonies
Bern, 09.06.2016 - Colonies of the Eastern honey bee, the original host of parasitic Varroa destructor mites, survive infestations that are fatal to Western honey bees.

Agronomy / Food Science - Life Sciences - 27.05.2016
Bruno Studer - New ETH Zurich Professor of Molecular Plant Breeding in Partnership with Agroscope
Bruno Studer - New ETH Zurich Professor of Molecular Plant Breeding in Partnership with Agroscope
Zurich, 27.05.2016 - ETH Zurich is appointing Bruno Studer Associate Professor of Molecular Plant Breeding, i.e. joint holder of the newly created Chair for Molecular Plant Breeding.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 29.09.2015
EPFL Dedicated to Research on the Challenges of Nutrition
29.09.15 - Facing the lack of scientifically based evidence in the field of nutrition, a university and a foundation unite forces in the areas of research and public outreach.

Agronomy / Food Science - Health - 14.09.2015
Dairy Products: What Is their Influence on Inflammation?
Dairy Products: What Is their Influence on Inflammation?
Bern, 14.09.2015 - An international team led by Agroscope has published a study on the influence of dairy products on inflammatory responses in the human body. The study's conclusion: Despite persistent beliefs to the contrary, dairy products exert a slightly anti-inflammatory effect, and individuals with an impaired metabolism are particularly likely to benefit from consuming products from this food group.