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Swiss Centre news archive

 MAS in ICM 2015 course

Masters degree in crop management now open for applications

CABI and the University of Neuchâtel are pleased to announce that applications for the Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Integrated Crop Management (ICM) programme running in 2017 are now open.

 CABI temporary positions in biocontrol 2016

Temporary positions in Biological Control

BSc or MSc students studying Biology, Ecology, Agronomy or related fields can now apply to gain experience in biological weed and pest control at the CABI centre in Switzerland

 photos of MAS ICM opening ceremony 2016 intake Delemont city hall

Delemont welcomes international students to crop course

Read about the opening ceremony for the 2016 intake of MAS in ICM students at Delémont.

 weed biocontrol

2015 Weed Biological Control report now out!

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

 MAS in ICM 2015 course

MAS in Integerated Crop Management Students arrive in  Switzerland to begin courses

Students from around the world have arrived in Canton Jura, Switzerland to learn from experts about sustainable agriculture strategies to apply in practice and policy back home. 

 

CABI MAS degree

Supporting agricultural education in Switzerland

CABI and University of Neuchâtel announce a new joint ICM programme on national television.

 

Albanian apple farmers

Video: CABI in Albania

Watch how CABI has been working with key agricultural stakeholders in Albania to help farmers increase apple yields in a safe and sustainable way using IPM practices.

 

 Saidou Nacambo and Chinese partners sorting maggots

CABI project investigates the use of insects in animal feed

CABI joins FERA for a €3 million, EU-funded project, PROteINSECT, to investigate growing flies as a potential source of protein in animal feed.

 

 Annual report

The 2012 Annual Report on projects and activities undertaken by staff based at our Swiss Centre, is out now. Their work covers a range of activities including integrated crop management and biocontrol. Staff work to provide sustainable solutions for environmental challenges in countries around the world.

 Marc Kenis

TV segment: Box tree moth population explodes in Jura

CABI's Dr Marc Kenis talks to television station Canal Alpha about the evolving threat of the box tree moth to the natural ecosystem in Jura, Swizterland (French language)

Ragweed 

EU fights back with CABI against invasive Ragweed

In the largest COST Action to date, 34 EU countries have banned together to find a solution to stop Ragweed's spread on the continent. This invasive weed from North America, now one of the most common air-borne allergens in the EU, causes half of all asthma attacks in its regions, and costs the EU economy an estimated €4.5B a year. CABI will join a consortium of over 120 biologists, ecologists, economists, and medical experts to explore sustainable solutions. Top on the agenda, biological control, or using ragweed’s natural enemies to help stop its spread.

 staff in Switzerland

It's cool to be a biology geek!

Our Centre in Switzerland's numbers grow every summer as it becomes home to a group of foreign students, furthering their studies in Entomology and Biology. Danielle Fife has written about her experiences at CABI this summer on her visit from Canada. 

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 PROTEINSECTproject is exploring fly larva (maggots), which are nutritious and can be mass produced at low cost, as animal... >>

Woody weeds in East Africa

Many exotic trees and shrubs have been introduced into Africa and become destructive invasive species. They're reducing native biodiversity and limiting the livelihoods of those that live in rural communities. CABI is trying to mitigate these impacts in East Africa by generating and sharing knowledge on their effects and finding ways that they can... >>

Biological control of diamondback moth in Canada

The diamondback moth is a global pest. Canadian farmers often have use chemicals to protect their crops. This is costly and the pest is becoming immune, meaning additional control options are needed. In Europe, Asia and Africa, Diadromus collaris, is a major parasitoid of the moth. It has been introduced to several countries or regions and has... >>

Stemming the spread of Russian olive

Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia) is a significant invasive weed in North America. It is especially a problem in western parts of USA where it affects many types of natural habitats; altering the ecosystem and its functions. As experts in classical biological weed control, CABI scientists have been asked to look for a potential agent to slow... >>

Exploring options to control Canada thistle

Despite the name, Canada thistle’s natural home is Eurasia. It has spread throughout the temperate world to become one of the worst weeds in rangeland and crops. One reason for this is the absence of the natural enemies that attack it in its area of origin. In North America six insect natural enemies have been introduced as biological control... >>