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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.

Life Sciences Mar 15
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.
Agronomy Mar 14

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.

Innovation Nov 23

Bern, 23.11.2017 - Agroscope, the Swiss federal centre of excellence for research in the agriculture and food sector, is signing an agreement with ebeam Technologies.

Agronomy Oct 3

Ettenhausen, 03.10.2017 - Compared to 2015, agricultural income in 2016 rose by 4.7 per cent to an average CHF 64,300 per farm.

Agronomy Jun 20

Bern, 20.06.2017 - Fertiliser application in plant production is of vital importance for agricultural practitioners and advisers.

Chemistry Nov 30

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.

Careers Oct 10

Ettenhausen, 10.10.2017 - Burnout can also affect farmers, but no previous empirical studies of its impact on the profession have been available to date.

Life Sciences Sep 5
Life Sciences

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.

Agronomy Nov 10

Bern, 10.11.2016 - Dr. Alain Gaume will be the new Head of Agroscope's ‘Plant Protection' Strategic Research Division.

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