The agriculture and food sector is faced with major challenges. The increasing saturation of domestic markets means that the sales potential for Swiss foodstuffs lies outside of the country. Consequently, the Swiss agricultural sector is increasingly reliant on the export-oriented food industry and the support of export promotion. Working together with the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG), the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)-led research partnership including partner institutions Wellershoff & Partners, the umbrella organisation Federation of the Swiss Food Industries (FIAL), and the trade-promotion organisation Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE) pursued the aim of developing a tool for identifying and improving the long-term sales potential of Swiss foods. A new set of methods allowed estimates of demand to be combined with an economic trend-growth model. The results were processed and published in the user-friendly, publicly accessible «Export Potential Monitor».
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.
Biogenic amines in foods represent a health risk. Researchers from Agroscope and INRAE investigated the formation of these undesirable substances in raclette cheeses by the bacterium Morganella morganii.