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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

CABI's Integrated Crop Management (ICM) team implements sustainable agriculture and rural development projects 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.

Shoot galling weevil

Scientists release new allies in the battle against invasive yellow toadflax in the Rocky Mountains

A team of international scientists are collaborating to fight the noxious weed yellow toadflax (Linaria vulgaris) in Montana's world-famous Rocky Mountains with the help of a tiny insect - the shoot-galling weevil Rhinusa pilosa.

 

 People in Kenya next to Prosopis plants

Scientists recommend measures to contain rapid woody weed spread in Baringo County, Kenya

A team of international scientists, including CABI’s Dr Urs Schaffner based in Switzerland, have recommended ways to manage the devastating spread of the woody weed Prosopis juliflora, where in Baringo County, Kenya, its coverage rapidly increased by 2,031 percent in just 28 years.

 Ulli Kuhlmann speaking at the 2019 Africa Regional Consulation

CABI shares expertise in transboundary plant pests at G-20 MACS in Tokyo

Scientists from CABI's Swiss centre, Dr Ulli Kuhlmann and Luca Heeb, have shared their expertise in transboundary plant pests which threaten global food security at the Meeting of G20 Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS-G20) held in Tokyo, Japan.

 Prosopis clearing along Awash river  

New study reveals the massive ecological and economic impacts of woody weed invasion in Ethiopia

CABI scientists, including Dr Urs Schaffner, who is supervising lead author Mr Hailu Shiferaw for his PhD studies, have revealed the massive ecological and economic impacts that the invasive alien tree Prosopis juliflora has had across the Afar Region of north eastern Ethiopia.

 Man in field with hormone pest trap  

CABI-led study recommends improvements to how impacts of Non-Native Species are assessed

An international team of Non-Native Species (NNS) specialists led by Dr Pablo González-Moreno and Dr Marc Kenis, Senior Researchers at CABI, have compiled a list of recommendations to improve the way in which the impact of a range of invasive pests – such as the tomato leaf miner Tuta absoluta – are assessed, potentially helping towards ensuring greater global food security.

Information day

CABI showcases it expertise in agricultural knowledge to Hungary's researchers and scientists

CABI has showcased its expertise in agricultural knowledge to some of Hungary's leading agricultural experts, librarians and scientists as part of a special open day aimed at raising awareness of knowledge databases, compendia and e-books.

 Forest

Guide to the classical biological control of insect pests in planted and natural forests

A recent FAO publication, written by a team of experts including CABI scientist Dr Marc Kenis, provides a concise guide aimed at helping forest-health practitioners and forest managers – especially in developing countries – to implement successful classical biological control programmes.

 Joint Lab

Plaque of the new European Laboratory unveiled during the 11th Joint Lab Steering Committee

Representatives of the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA), the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and CABI met for the 11th Steering Committee of the MARA-CABI Joint Laboratory for Biosafety at CABI's Swiss Centre in Delemont.

 Adult

Scientists confirm first report of egg parasitoid in Africa to fight devastating fall armyworm

A group of scientists, including Dr Marc Kenis from the CABI Swiss Centre, have confirmed the first report of an egg parasitoid Telenomus remus in Africa which could prove an important biological weapon in the fight against the devastating fall armyworm.

IPM

CABI serves course in Integrated Pest Management for international students hungry for success

Twenty-four agricultural students from around the world, including China, Cuba, Vietnam, Myanmar, Egypt, Malaysia, Somalia, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Pakistan, have passed a five-day course in Intergrated Pest Management (IPM) organised by CABI.

MAS ICM opening ceremony, 01/03/2019

MAS ICM course welcomes agricultural students for the 5th year

The Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Integrated Crop Management (ICM) course has welcomed another 12 international students for the 2019 academic year. An opening ceremony was held in Delémont to mark the occasion.

Rwanda

Legacy of AgriTT programme lives on at Rwandan biocontrol facility to fight crop pests

The legacy of the Working in Partnership for Agricultural Technology Transfer (AgriTT) programme - funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) - is living on at a facility in Rwanda which is producing biological control agents to kill a variety of crop pests.

 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.

 Drosophila Suzukii.jpg

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.

 Squirrel

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.

 HOMED meeting

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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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... >>

Improving the livelihoods of smallholder maize farmers around the Mekong

After rice, maize is the most important crop in the Mekong Delta. Insects including the Asian corn borer are a major threat to production. Fear of crop losses, together with a lack of alternative measures, can result in overuse of pesticides – posing health risks to farmers, consumers and the agro-ecosystem. This project will establish local... >>

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... >>