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Discipline: Agronomy/Food Science

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.

Agronomy - Feb 21
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. Generally, consumers are unaware of whether they are able to digest the lactose contained in dairy products. However, Agroscope and Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) researchers have now discovered a new method to measure the presence of lactase in the human body, and consequently determine an individual's ability to digest lactose.
Administration - 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.

Agronomy - Oct 30, 2018

Bern, 30.10.2018 - Agroscope, the Swiss federal centre of excellence for agricultural research, is launching the first multiresistant white grape variety, Divona.

Agronomy - Jul 10, 2018

Bern, 10.07.2018 - Do you remember what and how much you ate three days ago? This question, which people often struggle to answer accurately, must be addressed by researchers studying the influence of diet on our health.

Environment - Jun 7, 2018

Zurich-Reckenholz, 07.06.2018 - Is there a cost-efficient way to curb climate stress caused by land use? Globally, peatlands store twenty per cent of all the carbon lying untapped in the soil - despite the fact that they account for less than three per cent of the Earth's land mass.

Agronomy - Mar 14, 2018

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.

Veterinary Science - Nov 26, 2018
Veterinary Science

A study conducted by Agroscope's Swiss National Stud Farm (SNSF) in collaboration with the University of Neuchâtel refuted the assumption that cribbing horses perform less well in complicated learning situations than other horses.

Agronomy - Aug 21, 2018

Bern, 21.08.2018 - Over 300 researchers from around the world will come together in Geneva from 28 to 31 August 2018 for the 15th Congress of the European Society for Agronomy.

Environment - Jun 14, 2018

Zurich-Reckenholz, 14.06.2018 - Agroscope researchers investigated the risks and environmental impacts of plant-protection products (PPPs) in Switzerland's main agricultural crops.

Life Sciences - Mar 15, 2018
Life Sciences

Zurich-Reckenholz, 15.03.2018 - In search of native natural enemies of the exotic spotted-wing drosophila, Agroscope experts have developed a method for detecting its genetic material in the stomachs of predators.

Chemistry - Nov 30, 2017

Bern, 30.11.2017 - Agroscope Council has appointed Dr. Fabian Wahl as Head of the 'Food Microbial Systems' Strategic Research Division and successor to Hans-Peter Bachmann.

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