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Research Station Agroscope ART Reckenholz-Tänikon (ART, Switzerland)

The Research Station Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon (ART) is part of the Swiss Federal Government organization for agriculture, food and environmental research. The research group “Ecological Farming Systems” focuses on sustainable crop production. Key issues include (i) the effects of cover crops on crop productivity in integrated and organic farming systems (ii) the development and improvement of conservation tillage systems in integrated and organic farming (iii) the significance of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi for sustainable crop production. ART houses well equipped laboratories, greenhouses and field sites for experiments and is involved in numerous national and international research projects.

Role in OSCAR: ART will be involved in WP2, WP5, WP7, and WP8 participating in the coordinated field experiments (MEE), conducting studies on the effect of SC on the epidemiology and mycotoxin production of Fusarium fungi. Moreover, it will conduct studies of the effect of SC application on the dynamics of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and their ecological function.


Key staff involved in OSCAR

Raphael Wittwer MSc (agronomist) conducts research on organic arable systems. He graduated from ETH Zürich.

Dr F. Oehl (agronomist, soil biologist) is a specialist in agro-ecosystem research. His work has focused on the impact of farming practices on microbial mediated nutrient transformation processes and on the community structure of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi. He has published several studies on phosphorus budget and availability, and on AM fungal taxonomy and diversity.

Prof Dr M. van der Heijden (ecologist & agronomist) is heading the research group “Ecological Farming Systems” at ART. His main expertise includes soil biodiversity, plant-soil interactions and the drivers of ecosystem sustainability. He coordinates a number of national and international research programmes with focus on mycorrhizal fungi and soil ecosystem functioning. He has published several key papers in soil ecology.


Raphael Wittwer, MSc ETH Agr.
Researcher Organic Arable Systems

Eidgenössisches Volkswirtschaftsdepartement EVD
Forschungsanstalt Agroscope Reckenholz - Tänikon ART


Reckenholzstrasse 191, CH-8046 Zürich, Switzerland
Tel. +41 (0)44 / 377 72 88
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