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Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 19.02.2024
Fruit and solar energy from the field
Fruit and solar energy from the field

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 02.02.2024
A ’cultivation battle’ for legumes

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 20.12.2023
Soil Atlas Depicts the Distribution of Chemical Elements in Swiss Soils
Soil Atlas Depicts the Distribution of Chemical Elements in Swiss Soils
Agroscope and the Federal Office for the Environment have published the first Geochemical Soil Atlas of Switzerland.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 06.12.2023
Climate change and... water
Climate change and... water
More droughts in summer and autumn - combined, paradoxically, with an increased risk of flooding - and, in the long term, less snow in winter.

Agronomy / Food Science - 28.11.2023
The Challenge of Nutrient Losses - Agroscope Supports Agricultural Practitioners
The Challenge of Nutrient Losses - Agroscope Supports Agricultural Practitioners
Nutrient losses are a key topic for Swiss agriculture. Current Agroscope figures show that nitrogen and phosphorus losses have decreased by around 10 per cent since 2014/2016. Despite this, further efforts are needed to achieve the targets set by policy-makers. With a new series of factsheets, Agroscope is helping farmers improve nutrient efficiency and thereby reduce nutrient losses to the maximum extent possible.

Agronomy / Food Science - Innovation - 13.10.2023
Research that provides sustainable and nutritional benefits
Research that provides sustainable and nutritional benefits
ETH Zurich is present at the Olma trade fair in St Gallen. Using spin-offs and games, the ETH booth illustrates how research can contribute to making Swiss food and agriculture sustainable.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 28.09.2023
Cutting food waste every step of the way
Cutting food waste every step of the way
Every year over a billion tons of food worldwide are thrown away or perish, at a hefty environmental and climate cost.

Social Sciences - Agronomy / Food Science - 25.08.2023
Do children prefer pizza? Here comes MenuCH-Kids, the national study on the eating behaviour of children
Do children prefer pizza? Here comes MenuCH-Kids, the national study on the eating behaviour of children

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 14.08.2023
Bear-human coexistence rethought
Bear-human coexistence rethought
The media uproar over wolf attacks on livestock in Switzerland and a bear attack in Italy show how charged the issue of large carnivores and humans coexisting in Europe is.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 25.04.2023
More intensive control of exotic pests on the southern side of the Alps
More intensive control of exotic pests on the southern side of the Alps
The number of alien species, so-called neobiota, is steadily increasing in Switzerland. Some of these organisms can cause damage in agriculture.

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 16.03.2023
Funding for the Sustainable Waste-based Insect Farming Technologies Project
Funding for the Sustainable Waste-based Insect Farming Technologies Project

Agronomy / Food Science - 14.03.2023
A life in development aid
A life in development aid
Peter Schmidt has been working in development aid for over 30 years, constantly seeking ways to help people help themselves.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 01.12.2022
Soils bring life to settlements
Soils bring life to settlements
Healthy soils are essential for quality of life: they are the basis for agriculture, for trees, gardens and parks.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 30.11.2022
Feeding birds in winter
Feeding birds in winter
Many people want to feed their birds in winter. For birds, an extra food source is often welcome. However, to prevent this well-intentioned gesture from backfiring, feeding must be done properly.

Agronomy / Food Science - Life Sciences - 28.11.2022
The seeds have germinated
The seeds have germinated
For the first time, farmers in the Philippines have cultivated Golden Rice on a larger scale and harvested almost 70 tonnes of grains this October.This nearly never-ending story began at ETH Zurich.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 23.11.2022
Climate action: Methane is our most powerful lever
Climate action: Methane is our most powerful lever
While the insufficient measures increasingly argue against reaching the 1.5-degree target, we could still achieve it with a rapid reduction in methane emissions, writes Cyril Brunner.

Agronomy / Food Science - Economics - 23.11.2022
Food security thanks to faeces and waste
Food security thanks to faeces and waste
Together with partners in Ethiopia, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Africa, researchers are creating circular economies that use processed organic waste and human excreta as fertilizer or animal feed, resulting in higher crop yields and new jobs.

Agronomy / Food Science - Innovation - 10.11.2022
Researching Together for a Healthy Diet
Researching Together for a Healthy Diet

Economics - Agronomy / Food Science - 20.10.2022
Virtual cold chains save food
Virtual cold chains save food
Nearly half of all fruit and vegetables produced globally are wasted each year, according to the United Nations.

Agronomy / Food Science - Innovation - 14.10.2022
Budding ideas for food and agriculture
Budding ideas for food and agriculture

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 06.10.2022
Climate change made the 2022 summer droughts more likely

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 21.09.2022
On environmental issues, the city-country divide is smaller than often assumed
Header We like to perpetuate the idea of a divide in the attitudes of city dwellers and country people as part of debates on the environment, but it's simply not the reality, explains Thomas Bernauer.

Agronomy / Food Science - Innovation - 07.09.2022
Optimized food technologies for nutrition and sustainability
Optimized food technologies for nutrition and sustainability
ETH Zurich is stepping up research and teaching in the field of food technology and nutrition. It is supported in this by the companies Givaudan, Bühler and Nestlé with initial funding of 5 million Swiss francs over six years. This funding includes the creation of a new professorship. Raw foodstuffs are made suitable for consumption or storage through traditional methods such as cooking, drying and fermentation, or modern methods such as pasteurisation, pressure treatment or the use of enzymes.

Life Sciences - Agronomy / Food Science - 05.07.2022
Plant-based prawns to protect the marine environment
Plant-based prawns to protect the marine environment
The growth in demand for fish and seafood is harming stocks and valuable ecosystems. In response, food technologist Lukas Böcker and food chemist Severin Eder are developing microalgae-based seafood substitutes in their joint Pioneer Fellowship project.

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 10.06.2022
When it comes to food, less is often more
For Achim Walter, it-s time we take responsibility for what we eat. As consumers, we have a right to demand a food system that serves the environment, promotes health and protects those in less affluent circumstances.

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 05.05.2022
In order to close nutrient cycles, many stakeholders must work together
In order to close nutrient cycles, many stakeholders must work together
Researchers Sabine Hoffmann, Kai Udert and Lisa Deutsch are committed to a sanitation and nutrient transformation. They use an example to explain why a transformation is needed and why collaboration with politicians in particular is a challenge. "Resources from the bowl are the key" (in German: "Ressourcen aus der Schüssel sind der Schlüssel") is the title of a discussion paper that Sabine Hoffmann, Lisa Deutsch and Kai Udert developed together with a transdisciplinary team from research, politics and practice.

Agronomy / Food Science - Computer Science - 05.04.2022
Reducing food insecurity in Nigeria
Reducing food insecurity in Nigeria
Empa and BASE (Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy) launched a data-science driven mobile app that aims to minimize the loss of food production and lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling access to cooling facilities and allowing smallholder farmers to monitor the shelf-life of their produce.

Agronomy / Food Science - 26.11.2021
Papers to Practice: In brief - publications on sanitation
Papers to Practice: In brief - publications on sanitation

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 17.11.2021
Sustainable toilets for climate change and the SDGs
Sustainable toilets for climate change and the SDGs
What do our toilets have to do with global challenges such as climate change? Climate change - particularly fast, worldwide population growth - poses significant global challenges for us.

Agronomy / Food Science - 11.11.2021
Thomas Gentil to Be New Deputy Head of Agroscope
Thomas Gentil to Be New Deputy Head of Agroscope

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 08.10.2021
A fun approach to experiencing agricultural sciences
A fun approach to experiencing agricultural sciences

Computer Science - Agronomy / Food Science - 05.10.2021
Using data science to combat poverty
Using data science to combat poverty
In January 2021, Empa and BASE (Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy) were among the winners of the prestigious Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge by data.org, a platform for partnerships committed to build the field of data science for social impact.

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 22.09.2021
The Bassenges Farm : low-tech agriculture at a high-tech campus
The Bassenges Farm : low-tech agriculture at a high-tech campus
At the Bassenges Farm, six devoted women and men are bringing their vision of sustainability to the EPFL and UNIL campuses, giving low-tech agriculture - without pesticides - a chance to thrive.

Innovation - Agronomy / Food Science - 17.09.2021
Much more than just chocolate
Much more than just chocolate

Agronomy / Food Science - 10.09.2021
Bruno Studer about molecular plant breeding

Agronomy / Food Science - History / Archeology - 31.08.2021
The first farmers of Europe
The first farmers of Europe
A research team from the University of Bern has managed to precisely date pile dwellings on the banks of Lake Ohrid in the south-western Balkans for the first time: they came into being in the middle of the 5th millennium BC.

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 23.08.2021
Fresh herbs from factory halls and bunkers
Fresh herbs from factory halls and bunkers
From the factory hall and not the field: ETH spin-off YASAI should soon be harvesting 20 tonnes of herbs a year from an indoor facility.

Computer Science - Agronomy / Food Science - 30.06.2021
Spotting the Japanese beetle with just a few clicks

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 25.06.2021
'We have constantly moved and changed'
’We have constantly moved and changed’

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 - 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 - 03.05.2021
Manuel Boss Takes Over Reins of 'Plants and Plant Products' Competence Division
Manuel Boss Takes Over Reins of ’Plants and Plant Products’ Competence Division

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
Agriculture - highly topical yesterday, today and tomorrow
Agriculture - highly topical yesterday, today and tomorrow

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
Dairy Products and Holidaymakers - a Good Combination
Dairy Products and Holidaymakers - a Good Combination

Agronomy / Food Science - 20.01.2021
A mobile app against food waste
A mobile app against food waste

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.
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