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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.

RTS broadcaster filming Swiss centre, June 2018 

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.

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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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University of Idaho professor collaborates with CABI’s Swiss centre during sabbatical

University Distinguished Professor, Sanford Eigenbrode, from the University of Idaho is collaborating with CABI scientists based in Switzerland as part of a five-month sabbatical to investigate the chemical ecology of host specificity by weed biological control agents.

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New cohort of students welcomed onto MAS in ICM course

Twelve new students are embarking on their Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Integrated Crop Management (ICM) after attending a welcome ceremony in Delèmont, the capital of the Swiss Canton of Jura.

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China workshop raises awareness of Plantwise plant doctor programme

A workshop has been held at the Zhejiang Agricultural and Forestry University in Hangzhou, Eastern China, to raise awareness of the Plantwise plant doctor programme which trains extension workers to diagnose and help farmers manage a range of crop pests and diseases.

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Research pathway for new European Laboratory agreed

A future pathway for agricultural research to take place at a new joint European laboratory based at CABI’s centre in Switzerland was agreed during a visit by a delegation of senior scientists from China on 6-9 December 2017.

 MAS in ICM class of 2017 graduation ceremony at Engelberg, Switzerland

Integrated crop management Masters course yields success

A graduation ceremony held on 17 November 2017 in Engelberg, Switzerland celebrated the successful completion of the 2017 Masters of Advanced Studies in Integrated Crop Management (MAS in ICM) programme by a number of international students.

CABI organised a three-day course on experimental design and statistical data analysis at the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (CAAS) in Beijing on 25 to 27 October 2017

CABI organises agricultural research design course in China

CABI organised a three-day course on experimental design and statistical data analysis at the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (CAAS) in Beijing on 25 to 27 October 2017.

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Biological control and managing problematic invasive species in Europe

CABI's Dr Urs Schaffner blogs about the fascinating history of Invertebrate Biological Control Agents (IBCAs) in Europe and promotes a book he co-authored for researchers and practitioners operating in the areas of biological control and pest management.

 Keynote address at the 12th Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting in Basel, Switzerland this week (23-25 October 2017)

CABI calls for collaboration to boost use of biocontrol by smallholder farmers

CABI’s Executive Director for Global Operations, Dr Ulrich Kuhlmann, has called for more collaboration between the public and private sectors to encourage the use of biological controls by smallholder farmers to tackle damaging pests.

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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 CABI's centre in Switzerland

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2017 Weed Biological Control report now out!

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

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Map showing directions to CABI's Switzerland office.

Restoring grasslands of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

Halting and reversing land degradation is one of the biggest challenges to meeting the targets set by the Sustainable Development Goals. This project aims to assess the effects of grassland degradation on soil functions on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau and determine whether manipulation of plant functional diversity can accelerate the restoration of... >>

GIZ Crop Protection Baseline Study

Pests and diseases often limit how much smallholder famers can produce. They affect crops both pre and post-harvest by reducing their value or making them unsafe for human consumption. Farmers try to reduce losses through a range of techniques, some of which have human or environmental health impacts. This project aims to understand and report on... >>

Beneficial nematodes to control rootworms in European maize production

The western corn rootworm is a major invasive maize pest in North America and Europe. Control options become more and more limited as problematic pesticides are being phased out. 10 years of joint efforts in research and development by academic, legislative and commercial partners have led to a nematode-based biological control solution for this... >>

Improving knowledge and understanding of beetle biodiversity in Laos

Global biodiversity is receiving increased attention as it becomes more and more threatened because of the growing human population and development. Beetles or coleopteran are no exception and CABI is running this project to increase knowledge and understanding of their biodiversity in Laos. >>

Biological control of apple leaf-curling midge in Canada

A European biological control agent may help control an exotic pest of apple trees in western Canada. Damage from the apple leaf-curling midge in eastern Canada was effectively reduced by introducing a European natural enemy, Platygaster demades, in the 1990s. The pest arrived in British Columbia more recently, where releases of P. demades are now... >>

Using beneficial maize-rhizosphere microbials against western corn rootworm

The western corn rootworm is a major invasive maize pest in North America and Europe. The phase-out of certain pesticides means control options are increasingly limited. New technologies are being researched in collaboration with five French partners. Using field surveys and candidate gene searches through database-mining, we are investigating... >>

Research, rearing and collection services on corn rootworms

The western corn rootworm is a destructive pest of maize. Most damage is caused by larvae feeding on the roots, which becomes apparent when plants lodge. Drawing on some 15 years’ experience as a research and development partner on corn rootworms, CABI has become a key service provider for field surveys, laboratory and field research on basic... >>