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Projects of the Horticulture Research Group

Agroforestry in Austria

Under certain conditions, agroforestry land management systems can create an interesting economic and ecological opportunity for optimising land use for future climate change-related challenges. In Austria, there is no network or central location to respond to questions related to or consult on agroforestry issues. Nevertheless, there is a great deal of interest amongst practitioners. To deal with this issue, FiBL Austria has established the EIP-AGRI Operational Group in cooperation with six farmers who wish to implement agroforestry. The aim of the initiative is to generate new knowledge in the field and encourage farmers to implement agroforestry in Austria. The ZHAW is responsible for the practical implementation on the farms - from planning to realisation.

Project Partner: FiBL Österreich, Landwirtschaftliche Fachschule Grottenhof/Hardt, Bio Austria, Landwirtschaftskammer Niederösterreich, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien
Duration: 2019 - 2022
Further Information: Mareike Jäger

Long-term protection of the Fragaria and Rubus gene pool

Be it Lambada, White Pineapple, Wädenswil 6, Evergreen Blackberry or Red Raspberry from Zurich - the variety of colours, shapes and flavours of strawberry (Fragaria) and raspberry / blackberry (Rubus) is enormous. The long-term protection and maintenance of this gene pool is essential for future breeding as well as from a socio-cultural perspective.

The aim of the project is to establish both a primary collection of virus-free potted plants in an insect-proof greenhouse and a duplicate backup collection in the form of meristems, which will be cryopreserved in liquid nitrogen at -196°C..

Client: Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG)
Duration: 2019 - 2022
Further Information: Julia Lietha

Reduction of pesticides in horticulture

In this study we investigated the effects of "pesticide-free" cultivation methods used in vegetable and ornamental plant production. For this purpose, different integrated and organic farming practices were analysed and compared with each other in terms of production costs, yields and pesticide residues. In vegetable farming, practices are also used that do not employ officially approved pesticides.

Client: Stiftung Gartenbau, VSGP, Jardin Suisse
Duration: 2018 - 2021
Further Information: Alex Mathis

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