Studies and continuing education
Research Group for Viticulture
The Research Group for Viticulture leads the “Organic Horticulture 1” and “Organic Horticulture 2” modules for students specialising in organic farming, as well as the mandatory elective module “Plant Physiology and Nutrition”.
The module provides an overview of the complex systems required to cultivate fruit, vegetables, vines and ornamental plants, with a focus on crop management methods which save resources and are tailored to regional soil and climate conditions. Students will expand their knowledge and skills during field trips and in hands-on sessions
The main focus of this module is the conversion of a farm to organic practices, based around a real-life example. Students will analyse the farm, identify its weak points and develop solutions for the most pressing problems, as well as learning to use the relevant methodological approaches, for example plant protection strategies or biodiversity assessments for agri-ecosystems.
The “Plant Physiology and Nutrition” module covers the development of plants and their complex interrelationships with a changing environment. Sometimes even small changes can have significant impacts, and generalisations often fall foul to hidden interdependencies. Students will become familiar with the most important processes and learn how to transfer or apply these processes to specific systems and situations.
Bachelor’s theses completed to date in the areas covered by the Research Group for Viticulture include the following:
- Nico Jud (2014): Design and construction of a mowing device for use in viticulture
- Anna Strutt (2015): Comparison of traps for catching Drosophila suzukii in a vineyard
At the Moment the following master theses of the Research Group for Viticulture are ongoing:
- Irene Bühlmann: Color preferences of Drosophila suzukii under laboratory and field conditions (preliminary title)
- Sam Faghihinasab: Remote sensing of plant disease
- Monika Baumann: Sustainability in the value chain of wine
Completed successfully master theses:
- Julia Eichmann: Expression analyses of selected genes of Vitis vinifera during early infection stages of its major pathogens Plasmopara viticola and Botrytis cinerea
More topics of the Research Group can be found here at Organic Agriculture.
Wädenswiler Wine Days…
…is the leading training event for winegrowers and wine technicians in German-speaking Switzerland, but also an opportunity for consultants, teachers, heads of cantonal authorities, scientists, industry representatives, experts and anyone interested in wine to learn more about the issues of the day.
This course is aimed at winegrowers tending small plots and wine lovers who want to find out more about the subject. It takes place on nine days spread over the winegrower’s year, with classroom-based sessions covering the relevant background information in the mornings and hands-on experience in the vineyard in the afternoons. Information for the presently running course may be found here.
Advanced Viticulture Course
This advanced one-day course is aimed at graduates of the nine-day basic course. The morning is spent discussing current issues and answering participants’ questions, while the afternoon provides hand-on experience of vine pruning.