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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.


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.

 PhD student at CABI Switzerland centre

What's it like doing a PhD with CABI?

This Q&A article highlights three PhD students who have collectively spent over 11 years studying in Delémont under the supervision of CABI scientists to improve the monitoring and management of invasive species in Europe and Africa.

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CABI updates International Soft Fruit Conference on fight against devastating invasive fruit fly

A scientist from the CABI Swiss centre, Dr Lukas Seehausen, has updated delegates at the International Soft Fruit Conference in s-Hertogenbosch, in the Netherlands, on the very latest research in the fight against the devasting fruit fly Drosophila suzukii.


CABI scientist helps identify alien species that present greatest threat to European biodiversity

Dr Marc Kenis, a scientist at the CABI Swiss centre, has joined an international team of researchers who have identified 66 alien species – not yet established in the European Union – that pose the greatest threat to European biodiversity and ecosystems as outlined in a new paper.

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CABI participates in international partnership to protect Europe's forests from pests and diseases

CABI experts Lukas Seehausen, René Eschen and Marc Kenis from the Swiss centre participated in an international partnership of scientists, experts and stakeholders to help protect Europe’s forests from devastating pests and diseases.

 Garlic mustard plant infected by the biocontrol agent root mining weevil (Ceutorhynchus scrobicollis) in Ontario, Canada.

Giving garlic mustard the biocontrol treatment

Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) has become an aggressive invader in eastern North America, spreading at a rate of almost 2,500 square miles per year. Scientists at CABI's Swiss centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and University of Minnesota are looking at natural enemies as a sustainable solution to control the spread of the weed.

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Delight and degrees all round for Integrated Crop Management students

Twelve international students celebrated the completion of the 2018 Masters of Advanced Studies in Integrated Crop Management (MAS in ICM) course at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The course is coordinated by CABI and the University of Neuchâtel.

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CABI scientists make first discovery of the Asian samurai wasp in Europe

Trissolcus japonicus, the Asian samurai wasp, a natural enemy that kills the eggs of the invasive fruit and nut pest, brown marmorated stink bug, has been found in Switzerland. This could provide the breakthrough to controlling this highly damaging agricultural pest.

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CABI study identifies safer options for fall armyworm control in Africa

Melanie Bateman, a scientist from the CABI's Swiss centre, is lead author on a new research paper that assessed 50 biopesticide active ingredients to help control the pest.



CABI's training of MSc students reaches new milestone

CABI's training of Plant Protection MSc students at the Szent Istvan Universtiy  of Godollo in Hungary has reached a new landmark with the 10th course on research methods being delivered since its inception in 2010.


Past, present and future – reflections on the XV International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds

This year the ISBCW returned to Switzerland, almost 50 years after the first symposium was held in Delémont in 1969. Highlights from the 15th ISBCW included; calling for Europe to take greater action on the biocontrol of weeds, continued support for the Weeds catalogue and agreeing the next organisers for the 16th ISBCW in 2022. 

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PhD student steps up fight against western corn rootworm – a major pest of maize

Szabolcs Toth is investigating ways to improve integrated control methods for one of the most destructive invasive alien pests of maize in North America and Europe – the western corn rootworm. He is conducting his research at the Plant Science Doctoral School of the Szent Istvan University of Gödöllö in Hungary, with supervision from CABI’s Dr Stefan Toepfer.

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1st International Conference on Biological Control takes place in India

The conference, co-organised by CABI scientists and partners, considered a range of biological control approaches and applications. CABI`s biocontrol experts Dr Stefan Toepfer and Dr Malvika Chaudhary co-chaired the macrobial and microbial biocontrol sessions. The conference took place in Bengaluru, India from 27-29 September 2018.

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The health cost savings of biocontrol on ragweed revealed in new study

A recent study published in Basic and Applied Ecology, with key contributions from CABI’s Urs Schaffner and Benno Augustinus, estimates health cost savings of €5.2– 6.8M annually if biocontrol is used to reduce pollen production by ragweed in the Rhône Valley area.

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2018 Weed Biological Control report now out!

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

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Swiss French broadcasting channel RTS comes to CABI

In a TV episode filmed by the Swiss French broadcaster Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), two of CABI's projects relevant to the Jura and the rest of Europe were highlighted. In addition, an interview with one of our MAS-ICM students demonstrated how the Swiss centre is playing an important role in addressing global food security.


CABI helps train agricultural scientists of tomorrow as part of six-day course in Hungary

CABI has helped train the agricultural scientists of tomorrow by holding a course for students and young researchers keen on learning more about research methodologies in agriculture, including plant protection, at the Szent Istvan University of Godollo in Hungary.

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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... >>

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... >>

Increasing rice production around the Mekong

Rice is the most important crop in southwestern China, Laos and Myanmar. Despite recent improvements, productivity is still low with millions of tons lost to pests, diseases and weeds. Intensive pesticide use has led to insecticide resistance, outbreaks of secondary pests and damage to farmers’ health. This project is introducing a biologically... >>