As with the other two research programmes Agroscope (AgriMontana and NutriScope), ProfiCrops began in 2008 and will end in March 2014. To bring the programme to a close, several events were organised and a series of articles were published in Recherche Agronomique Suisse from July 2013 onwards. This last article presents an assessment of ProfiCrops, based on standard project review criteria: efficiency, effectiveness, relevance and added-value. Important lessons-learnt are drawn from the implementation of the research programme. It is, however, a partial assessment, due to the lack of sufficient data. The scope of the strategic objectives formulated at the beginning of the programme made the evaluation more complex than anticipated. Efficiency has been impacted by the mismatch between objectives and resources. A notable example of this is the availability of scientists’ time and its allocation across specific programme activities. However, several tangible results were obtained, such as: a list of more than 300 solutions, interdisciplinary exchanges in favour of project participants and the programme, a reinforced state of mind towards interdisciplinarity, an improved understanding of the meaning of innovation for Agroscope and the creation of new partnerships. Most of these results would not have been produced without the programme.
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.