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About CABI in Switzerland


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. 

Our work in education includes a Masters of Advanced Studies course in Integrated Crop Management run with the University of Neuchâtel. We also offer student internships and graduate student training in collaboration with universities and other research organisations.

The scope of CABI’s work at the Swiss Centre is largely divided into the following areas:

Biological control of invasive weeds and invasive insects

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.

Ecosystems management

This programme focusses on researching and recommending management strategies and policies to conserve and restore vital ecological services.

Integrated crop management

The Integrated Crop Management (ICM) team works to improve and implement sustainable agriculture practices around the world.

Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Integrated Crop Management ICM

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.

Plantwise

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.

 Euro joint lab

Plans for European laboratory take step forward

Plans for a new joint European laboratory have taken a step forward following the visit of a senior delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, Chinese Academy of
Agricultural Sciences and Institute of Plant Protection to CABI in Switzerland last week.

CABI Boaard meeting at Switzerland

CABI board welcomed to Switzerland

CABI’s Swiss centre welcomed the organisation’s board of directors to Delémont last week (2-4 July 2017). In addition to attending the CABI board meeting, the directors toured the centre and met with staff.

Sino-German-Symposium at the Julius-Kühn Institut at Darmstadt in Germany

CABI takes part in Sino-German symposium

New strategies to manage and control Drosophila suzukii (Spotted Wing Drosophila) – a fruit crop pest that is a major problem in both Asia and Europe – were presented for discussion at a recent symposium attended by CABI scientists and other leading experts.

IWGO confernce

CABI co-organises major scientific maize pests conference in China 

CABI co-organised a major scientific conference on maize insect pests with the Institute of Plant Protection of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) at their National Agricultural Library in Beijing last week (10-12 April 2017). 

CABI in Swiss

Entre champs et forêt, le CABI

A Swiss media outlet looks into our work on invasive species, integrated crop management and postgraduate research in CABI's Swiss centre.

MAS in ICM 2017 opening ceremony

New MAS in ICM students welcomed to Switzerland

New students starting their Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Integrated Crop Management (ICM) were welcomed to Switzerland at an opening ceremony in Delémont, earlier this month (3 March 2017).

CABI organises 5-day workshop on IPM in CAAS China

CABI organizes five-day Integrated Pest Management course in Beijing

CABI organized a five-day course on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) at the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (CAAS) in Beijing on 13 to 17 February 2017.

workshop on ‘Insect Pest control strategies and methodologies in Switzerland

European insect pest control workshop held in Delémont

Specialists gathered from across Europe in Delémont, Switzerland last week (17 January 2017) to find out about insect pest control strategies at a Breeding Invertebrates for Next Generation BioControl (BINGO) workshop. 

 Weed biocontrol progress report

2016 Weed Biological Control report now out!

Find out what’s currently going on in our projects on biological weed control.

BINGO-ITN workshop 'Insect Pest control strategies and methodologies: theory and practices'

BINGO-ITN insect pest control workshop to take place in Delémont

A BINGO-ITN workshop on insect pest control strategies organised by CABI will take place in Delémont on 17 January 2017. For more information, download the programme or register your place here.

MAS in ICM class of 2016 graduation ceremony at Interlaken, Switzerland

International students graduate with Masters degree in crop management

A graduation ceremony took place on 17 November 2016, in Interlaken, Switzerland, to mark the successful completion of the 2016 Masters of Advanced Studies in Integrated Crop Management (MAS in ICM) programme.

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Controlling the cabbage seedpod weevil in Canada

The cabbage seedpod weevil is a widely distributed pest of cruciferous crops in Europe and North America, causing substantial economic losses in canola crops in Canada. Current control measures still rely on applying broad-spectrum insecticides. We are collecting European distribution data for a parasitic wasp that is the weevil’s most effective... >>

Protecting leeks and onions from pests

The invasive leek moth poses a significant and immediate threat to producers of leeks, onions, garlic and chives in North America. The larvae mine the green tissues, reducing the marketability of crops. The pest’s distribution is expanding, with no signs of suppression by indigenous natural enemies. We are supporting an integrated pest management... >>

Biological control of brown marmorated stink bug

International trade is a common way for insects to ‘hitch-hike’ their way to new countries. The brown marmorated stink bug, originally from East Asia, has become a harmful invasive pest of many fruit and vegetable crops in North America and Europe. Biological control using Asian or European natural enemies may be an environmentally friendly,... >>

Controlling noxious Russian knapweed in the North America

Russian knapweed is one of several invasive plants of rangelands that arrived in North America as a seed contaminant in the 19th century, in this case from Asia. Biological control is often a good approach for these plants, but a nematode species introduced in the 1970s proved ineffective against Russian knapweed. Funded by a US and Canadian... >>

Partnership with DPR Korea's Ministry of Agriculture

Agricultural production in DPR Korea is low, resulting in food shortages and the need for international aid. Ensuring food security is a priority for the government. We have helped the newly-established Department of Plant Protection to sustainably improve agricultural production by optimizing its ability to develop and implement plant protection... >>

Growing tobacco more sustainably in Turkey

Tobacco production is of high social and economic importance in Turkey. Farmers of oriental tobacco, an aromatic sun-cured variety, are contracted by leaf supplier companies that provide production supplies and advice. They lack knowledge of sustainable pest management techniques, however, so the use of chemical pesticides is high. We are working... >>

Insects as a source of protein

Global demand for animal-sourced foods is accelerating. Fishmeal and crops such as soya are key ingredients in animal feeds but are not ecologically or economically sustainable. Insect protein presents a viable alternative. The PROTEINSECT project is exploring fly larva (maggots), which are nutritious and can be mass produced at low cost, as... >>