The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture was founded in 1973 as a private foundation and is one of the world’s leading organic farming research and technology transfer centres dedicated to sustainable agriculture. FiBL focuses on applied soil and crop science, socio-economic and animal husbandry research and the dissemination of scientific findings to farmers, policy makers and other stakeholders in the food supply chain. Research takes place on more than 200 Swiss organic farms.
The Department of Crop Sciences involved in BIOCOMES has extensive applied and strategic research and development (R&D) and technology transfer experience in organic and low input production of fruit, grapevine, vegetable, and arable production systems. To ensure yield security and product quality while minimizing unwanted side-effects, we integrate crop management, varietal pest/disease resistance and crop protection while optimizing eco-system services such as biodiversity, pollination, natural disease and pest control, and soil fertility. Our research activities generally include all key players along the production and marketing chain and aim at:
- Ensuring productivity and quality of organic and low input crop production systems
- Exploiting crop and varietal diversity
- Developing and implementing innovative pest and disease management tools and strategies
- Integrating functional agro-biodiversity in organic cropping systems
- Boosting biodiversity in crops and landscapes, and
- Ensuring the compatibility of novel inputs, tools, and techniques with the principles of organic farming