The Swiss plant production sector aims at maintaining its competitiveness, even in a liberalized economy. The research program ProfiCrops takes a look into innovations generated for the plant production sector. Innovations are a requisite for maintaining the competitiveness of the agricultural sector. A tool allowing to map innovations in the plant production sector has been created based on a literature review. A dozen criteria are hence proposed. They describe intrinsic characteristics of the innovation, the innovation process from the idea to the final product and the outcomes and impacts on the various groups of beneficiaries. This tool has been tested with HOLL rapeseed, a new product to which Agroscope has directly contributed. The results highlight some of the advantages and constraints of this tool and its use. The evaluation of outcomes and impacts requires a clear identification of the direct and indirect beneficiaries and of their behavior. The proposed tool allows to gain a synthetic overview of the innovations’ portfolio generated by research. It could then be used to formulate recommendations aiming at enhancing the adoption rate of innovations and also research efficiency.
Stucky T., Hochstrasser M., Meyer S., Segessemann T., Ruthes A. C., Ahrens C. H., Dahlin P., Pelludat C.
The root knot nematode (RKN) Meloidogyne incognita causes damage in field and greenhouse crops. Agroscope researchers have developed a new screening test to identify bacteria that antagonise this agricultural pest.
With CULTAN fertilisation, nitrogen is injected into the soil as an ammonium solution. Multi-year trials conducted by Agroscope show that this method reduces nitrogen leaching by an average 38% without negatively affecting yields.
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.