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Animal production

Bugnon A., Viñals R., Abbet C., Chevassus G., Bohnenblust M., Rad M. S., Rieder S., Droz B., Charrière J.-D und Thiran J.-Ph.

Beekeeping – A Mobile Application for Controlling the Varroa Mite

A simple smartphone could soon become an essential ally for beekeepers in their battle to control the varroa mite. A mobile application for identifying and counting these tiny parasites in the hive – the first of its kind in Switzerland – has just been developed.
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Food

Ingenhoff J.-E., Mühlemann M., Ackermann-Gäumann R., Moor D. and Berger T.

Consumption of Raw Goat’s Milk: What Is the Risk of Infection with TBE Viruses?

Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) pathogens can be transmitted to humans by the consumption of raw milk and raw-milk products from infected goats. The risk is judged to be low, and is most likely to come from on-farm consumption of the (unpasteurised) products.
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Environment

Luka H., Knecht, M., Whiting L., Studer M., Luka-Stan A., Forlin L. and Cahenzli F.

Weeds? – Sown Wildflower Strips and Crop-Accompanying Flora Promote Beneficials in Cabbage Production

FiBL field trials demonstrate that sown wildflowers together with the spontaneous arable weed flora in cabbage fields can promote predatory beneficial insects and pollinators. This makes it possible to enhance the ecological value of production areas.