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CABI’s Swiss centre carries out applied scientific research and undertakes consultancy projects. 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.

About

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:

Biological control of invasive weeds and invasive insects

CABI’s Swiss centre is a leading authority on the management of invasive weeds and arthropods using biological control.

Risk analysis and invasion ecology

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.

Ecosystems management

This programme focuses on researching and recommending management strategies and policies to conserve and restore vital ecological services.

Integrated crop management

CABI’s Integrated Crop Management (ICM) team implements sustainable agriculture and rural development projects around the world.

Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Integrated Crop Management ICM

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.

Plantwise

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.

Contact us

Wade Jenner

Centre Director, Switzerland & Deputy Programme Executive, PlantwisePlus programme

Rue des Grillons 1 CH-2800 Delémont, Switzerland

T: +41 (0)32 421 4832

E: w.jenner@cabi.org

CABI - Switzerland

Rue des Grillons 1, CH-2800 Delémont, Switzerland

T: +41 (0) 32 421 4870

Centre staff

Hariet L Hinz

Global Director, Invasive Species

Rene Eschen

Research Scientist, Ecosystems Management, and Risk Analysis and Invasion Ecology

Lukas Seehausen

Research Scientist, Risk Analysis & Invasion Ecology

Melanie Bateman

Integrated Crop Management Advisor

Tim Haye

Head Arthropod Biological Control

Cornelia Closca

Technical Research Assistant

Quentin Donzé

Garden Technician

Stefan Toepfer

Research Scientist Arthropod Biological Control; Integrated Crop Management Advisor

Justice Tambo

Socio-Economist

Marc Kenis

Head Risk Analysis and Invasion Ecology

Florence Willemin

Garden Technician

Anna Wood

ICM Advisor

Centre News & Blogs

Invasive Blog

CABI joins research effort to map distribution of natural enemy of brown marmorated stink bug in Europe

8th April 2021
Invasive Blog

CABI hosts and shares expertise in IWGO workshop on the biocontrol of fall armyworm in Africa

23rd March 2021
Invasive Blog

Busy in biocontrol: spotlight on weed researcher Jennifer Andreas

29th October 2020
Invasive Blog

Invasive weeds in America’s Western states: restoring balance using biological control

10th August 2020

Documents

CABI Internships 2022

CABI internships available at the CABI Swiss centre in Delémont for BSc and MSc students and recent graduates.

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CABI weed biological control progress report 2021

The latest report summarizing the progress of CABI's weed biological control projects for North America. Download the 2021 report.

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CABI weed biological control progress report 2020

A report summarizing the progress of CABI's weed biological control projects for North America. Download the 2020 report.

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Related projects

CABI Project
Biological control against the invasive Comstock mealybug in the Swiss orchards

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.

Start:01/04/20 -End:31/03/23