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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.

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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.

Special edition of Journal of Pest Science welcomes CABI guest editor

Special edition of Journal of Pest Science welcomes CABI guest editor 

A special issue of the Journal of Pest Science, guest edited by CABI’s Tim Haye and Don Weber from the USDA Agricultural Research Service, brings together the latest knowledge on the brown marmorated stinkbug, Halyomorpha halys.

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CABI scientist co-edits new field guide on woody sentinel plant damage

A new guide designed to help plant health professionals identify the cause of damage on woody sentinel plants, co-edited by CABI scientist René Eschen, is now available to download as an open access publication.

Written collaboratively by a team of 44 scientists from 24 countries, the guide is an output of an EU-funded COST project, COST Action FP1401 - A global network of nurseries as early warning system against alien tree pests (Global Warning).

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CABI contributes to IUFRO’s 125th Anniversary Congress

Forestry scientists from across the world gathered in Freiburg, Germany last month (18-22 September) to celebrate 125 years of IUFRO (the International Union of Forest Research Organisations).

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Flagship conference tackles biocontrol of arthropod pests

More than 130 biological control researchers and practitioners came together on 11-15 September at the world’s flagship conference on the control of arthropods using parasitoids and predators. A number of scientists from CABI's Swiss centre participated in the event.

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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.

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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.

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Map showing directions to CABI's Switzerland office.

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... >>