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Centre Environmental and Agrofood Systems

«Sustainable development requires creative people with knowledge and passion. We want to encourage both.»

Thomas Bratschi

The Centre for Environmental and Agrofood Systems deals with sustainability issues in the areas of Food Systems, Regional Development and Tourism. In order to secure food and its production base, more resource-friendly practices are necessary in agriculture and downstream value-added sectors. The same applies to the management of cultivated landscapes, and the design of agro-tourism services and regional products. This facilitates sustainable tourism in rural areas and creates the basis for parks of national importance. Appropriate communication measures, the modelling of new approaches and innovations promote the sustainable transformation of environmental and agrofood systems.

Research Units and Research Groups

Research Unit Organic Agriculture

Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology

Decoding of living processes, ranging from gene functions and gene expression analysis to the investigation of all proteins present in a cell at a particular time.

Horticulture

Investigation of issues relating to the production of fruit, vegetables and ornamental plants, with a focus on resource conservation, enjoyment value and authentic products.

Phytomedicine

Development of sustainable solutions to plant protection problems relating to fruit growing, viticulture and horticulture as well as ornamental plants, urban green spaces and special crops.

Viticulture

Application-oriented research in the field of viticulture; initial and advanced knowledge transfers at a variety of levels; management of the vineyard on the Au peninsula.

Research Unit Sustainability Transformation

Agricultural and Resource Economics

Development of solutions to critical issues in agricultural and development policy; support of decision-makers from policy, industry and civil society in planning and implementing strategic decisions.

Geography of Food

Focus on local and global questions on the sustainability of agricultural and food systems; the aim is to optimise the ecological, social and economic impact of the whole value chain.

Regional Development

Facilitation and support of processes and projects in rural areas, both nationally and internationally; the focus is on the needs of local stakeholders.

Research Unit Tourism and Sustainable Development

Tourism and Sustainable Development

The focus is on nature-based and cultural tourism as a tool for sustainable regional development in rural areas.