The description of extension activities for fruit-growing at ACW Research Station since 2004 shows how stakeholders needs have been systematically integrated in applied research by implementing a well structured annua process, both in priority-setting and evaluation of projects. Extension is expected to cover the whole range of topics arising in practice, be it varieties and rootstocks, training systems and other technical items or challenges in plant protection and plant physiology, but also economical questions. In order to successfully solve more complex problems and to benefit from third money funds, a close cooperation with more fundamental research activities and scientific networks is essential. In times of ever shrinking resources, all partners, in practice as well as in the entire knowledge-system, are called upon to bundle their forces and to strengthen priority-setting and cooperation.
Spring J.-L-, Zufferey V., Verdenal T., Reynard J.-S., Lorenzini F., Bourdin G., Blouin A., Carlen C., Jermini M., Morisoli R., Ferretti M.
Five Merlot clones bred in Switzerland are currently being distributed by the certification sector. A multiyear trial conducted by Agroscope in Gudo (Canton of Ticino) has made it possible to compare them with French and Italian reference clones and to highlight their very good performances.
Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi are important for healthy soils and crops. A pan-European study shows that plant-protection products adversely affect these fungi, reducing their ability to supply plants with phosphorus via their roots.
Birdsfoot trefoil and sainfoin are used in mixtures for perennial hay meadows and for tannin-containing fodder. Agroscope is adding two new cultivars of birdsfoot trefoil to the ‘List of Recommended Varieties of Forage Plants’, whilst there is no change in the case of sainfoin.