At the University of Applied Sciences Wädens-wil (HSW) every year about 70‘000 fern plants (55 species) are produced. Occasionally, the production shows some serious defiencies: fungal infections and contaminations by algae or mosses. In collaboration with the Swiss Federal Research Station at Wädenswil (FAW) the reasons of these problems were partly determined. Three pathogenic fungi ( Acremonium, Phoma, Ascochyta) have been isolated and identified from diseased fern plants and first successful experiments with fungicide applications have been carried out. By direct sowing the spores in larger containers the production process becomes less labour intensive. To protect the cultures from infections by fungi, mosses and algae, the sowing containers were covered by glass plates.
Stucky T., Hochstrasser M., Meyer S., Segessemann T., Ruthes A. C., Ahrens C. H., Dahlin P., Pelludat C.
The root knot nematode (RKN) Meloidogyne incognita causes damage in field and greenhouse crops. Agroscope researchers have developed a new screening test to identify bacteria that antagonise this agricultural pest.
With CULTAN fertilisation, nitrogen is injected into the soil as an ammonium solution. Multi-year trials conducted by Agroscope show that this method reduces nitrogen leaching by an average 38% without negatively affecting yields.
Tuta absoluta is one of the most destructive pests of solanaceous crops. Agroscope has developed a statistical model to study the population dynamics of the pest and its parasitoids and allows interventions to be optimally planned.