Innovation is now a prerequisite for institutions aiming to maintain their competitiveness in a more and more liberalized economy. This is also true for agricultural research. One of the objective of ProfiCrops, the research program Agroscope, was to promote the innovation process leading to added value in the cropping sector. This article describes five ideas, their development into innovation and the scope for the innovation’s adoption. The sampling was done purposively, based on an innovations’ list for the cropping sector. The sample comprised: three process innovations: a portable Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) tool, the sequence of the fire blight pathogen genome and the use of molecular markers, and two service innovations: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in agriculture and urban agriculture. The results show that the innovation process within research requires some scope that includes a clear research mission, sufficient financial resources, time and a risk-taking attitude.
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.
Tall oat grass and golden oat grass are typical hay-meadow grasses that are also suitable for forage mixtures. Of the four tall and three golden oat grass varieties tested, only one new variety of tall oat grass is likely to make it onto the List of Recommended Varieties.
Stevenel P., Wendling M., Brabant C., Suss H., Savoyat C., Dierauer H., Mascher F., Charles R.
FiBL and Agroscope investigated bread wheat varieties to determine their yield and quality stability. The results show that the choice of variety must be adapted to the site and that high yield potential does not go hand-in-hand with a high protein content.