Established in 1948, CABI’s Swiss centre carries out applied scientific research and undertakes consultancy projects to support CABI’s work on invasive species, knowledge for development and trade in many different regions around the world. Located in the scenic hills above Delémont in the Canton of Jura, it is the home base for experts and students from several different countries where they research and apply their knowledge.
CABI’s centre in Switzerland has developed numerous relationships with research and development partners around the world, including national ministries, science institutions, universities, development cooperation agencies, and the plant protection industry.
Valuable links within Switzerland, including close ties with the Canton of Jura, have all been further strengthened by the country officially joining CABI as a member country which took place in 2000. One recent initiative, supported by the Canton of Jura, is the development of a Masters of Advanced Studies course in Integrated Crop Management, which we are coordinating with the University of Neuchâtel.
The scope of CABI’s work at the Swiss Centre is largely divided into the following areas:
CABI’s Swiss centre is a leading authority on the management of invasive weeds and arthropods using biological control.
Risk analysis and invasion ecology
As part of its work on invasive species, the centre assesses the risks and impacts of non-native species and develops methods and strategies to mitigate their risks.
This programme focusses on researching and recommending management strategies and policies to conserve and restore vital ecological services.
The Integrated Crop Management (ICM) team works to improve and implement sustainable agriculture practices around the world.
The MAS in ICM, jointly coordinated by CABI and the University of Neuchâtel, aims to help address today’s critical agricultural and environmental challenges by offering a unique higher education programme.
Staff at our Swiss centre play a key role in coordinating the CABI-led Plantwise programme while also providing technical support and helping with implementation in target countries.