Swiss cheeses regularly win prizes at international contests. Experts widely agree that the microbial cultures from Liebefeld have contributed greatly to this success story. Thanks to the use of cultures with bacteria originally stemming from biodiversity in the nearby area, the connection between traditional Swiss cheeses and their terroir can be strengthened considerably. This article will outline the success factors, summarise the historical development, present current research projects and introduce the business model of culture production. An approximate calculation reveals that the public funding going towards the development of microbial cultures has a lot of leverage over agricultural income and contributes significantly to the preservation of decentralised dairy processing and to extensive, multifunctional agriculture in Switzerland.
Plants and microorganisms can perceive and respond to sound waves. In a review of the literature, Agroscope analysed various publications on this topic. The studies show that sound can lead to positive effects on physiology in the form of improved growth, development and disease resistance.
The war in Ukraine, dry spells and droughts followed by heavy rainfall and flooding are major challenges for our food systems. But the problems that they bring to light are nothing new – and solutions are already to hand.
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