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:
CABI’s Swiss centre is a leading authority on the management of invasive weeds and arthropods using biological control.
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.
This programme focuses on researching and recommending management strategies and policies to conserve and restore vital ecological services.
CABI’s Integrated Crop Management (ICM) team implements sustainable agriculture and rural development projects around the world.
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.
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.
Executive Director, Global Operations
Research Scientist, Risk Analysis & Invasion Ecology
Head Risk Analysis and Invasion Ecology
Integrated Crop Management Advisor
Project Finance Officer
Research Scientist, Weed Biological Control
Research Scientist and IT Support Officer
Research scientist in Weed Biological Control
Global Director, Plant Health Systems Development (PHSD)
Technical Research Assistant
Strategic Planning and Operations Manager
A new invasive pest of particular concern to Switzerland’s orchard industry is the Comstock mealybug, Pseudococcus comstocki. Originating from Asia, the Comstock mealybug was first detected in 2016 in fruit crops of the Swiss canton of Valais. Following its detection, the mealybug has caused significant local economic damage to apricot, pear and apple production, especially during 2018 and 2019. Chemical control is one way of helping to fight the pest but it has produced mixed, and often, insufficient results. Biological control is another method and this project, therefore, aims to develop a sustainable and environmentally friendly, biological control method for the Comstock mealybug.