If the cultivation of transgenic crops is permitted after the Swiss moratorium on the commercial cultivation of GMPs expiration, it will be of interest to investigate the importance of this new technology and the factors influencing the decision to cultivate GM crops. Using a specific statistical method, interviews conducted with farmers of a research region are analysed with regard to the determinants of the potential willingness to cultivate those crops. Crop-specific characteristics are shown to be important in the decision-making process. Irrespective of the crops, the social environment plays a decisive role in decision-making, and seems to exert a stronger effect in the absence of experience in cultivating transgenic crops
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.
Swiss vineyards are often small and arranged in a mosaic of separate plots and management practices. Therefore, it can be assumed that spray drift from conventional to organic vineyards occurs regularly. Nevertheless, no pesticide residues are detected in most organic wines.
Nay M.M., Grieder C., Frey L.A., Amdahl H., Radovic J., Jaluvka L., Palmé A., Skøt L., Ruttink T., Kölliker R.
Red clover is one of the most important legumes in European forage production. In a multi-year field trial, researchers tested Europe’s largest collection of different red clover accessions at five European locations.