The production of soybeans has started in Swiss agriculture in 1988. This article describes the knowledge acquired in the cropping system and the progress in breeding. The price policy and the political support for this crop are also presented. As crop used to diversify our agriculture, soybean production should remain attractive and competitive through concerted efforts by policy makers, agronomical research and partners of the production line in Switzerland.
Herbicide-resistant weeds are a growing problem throughout the world. Monitoring herbicide resistance in Switzerland allows us to understand the mechanisms behind it and to better manage the use of herbicides.
Agroscope compared crop protection strategies in apple production. Reducing the use of plant-protection products lowered the local ecotoxological risks, but resulted in trade-offs between environmental and economic performance.
Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) bacterium proteins protect Bt maize from being fed on by specific insects. A new, systematic analysis of international field data confirms that non-target organisms in Bt maize are largely spared.