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Linking virus outbreaks to impacted ecosystems

La prochaine pandémie est prévisible, il est temps de prendre au sérieux la crise écologique. In a collective effort scientists in Switzerland address the public and decision makers. These researchers are linking depleted ecosystems...
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Massnahmen gegen Verlust von Ackerboden

Der Boden in der Schweiz wird stark beansprucht und immer weiter überbaut. Der Bundesrat hat deshalb eine Strategie verabschiedet, mit der bis 2050 unter dem Strich kein Boden mehr verloren gehen soll. Experte und Swiss Plant Science Web...

We need to know more about wheat, and faster

If current experiments can speed the development of hardier varieties of wheat, we may be a step closer to achieving a world without hunger or malnutrition. That’s why Swiss researchers are working to develop a genetic fingerprint to...

Virtual seminar series in plant sciences

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic many seminar series and conferences have been canceled or postponed. In response to this, and to make sure plant scientists can continue to communicate their latest work to their peers, The American Society of...
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Dramatic Loss of Food Plants for Insects

The diversity of food plants for insects in the canton of Zurich has dramatically decreased over the past 100 years or so. This means that bees, flies and butterflies are increasingly deprived of their food base as demonstrated by a team...
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A beetle to fight allergenic Ambrosia plant

Hardly any other plant is as allergenic as Ambrosia. But now there is a glimmer of hope – thanks to an accidentally introduced beetle. A study, in which the University of Fribourg was a participant, has shown that a natural enemy of the...
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Joelle Sasse Schläpfer – New Swiss Plant Science Web member

The Swiss Plant Science Web welcomes its new member Dr. Joelle Sasse Schläpfer. Visit her personal SPSW research portfolio Root-microbe interactions. Joelle chairs a research group in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the...

Wildpflanzen für den Garten – Floretia

Floretia ist ein viersprachige Online-Werkzeug, sozusagen eine automatische Ökologin. Sie macht Vorschläge für Wildpflanzen, Samenmischungen und Strukturen, die in Ihren Garten oder auf den Balkon passen. Dabei werden Lage,...
Healthy (right) and nematode-infected (left) western corn rootworm larvae. Larvae that are killed by nematodes turn red. Image: Ricardo A. R. Machado

A new approach to improve biological control agents of agricultural pests

In a new study, researchers from the University of Bern developed an experimental approach that may be used to improve a wide range of organisms that rely on microbial symbionts to control insect pests. This approach opens up a new avenue...

Landscape Ecology MOOC

This is the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to teach Landscape Ecology. Participants learn theory, methods and tools to understand the landscapes we live in and to solve landscape-related environmental problems. Building on...