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23.03.2017 | WFSC

Fast food from fresh products in trend

A recent episode of the SRF news program 10vor10 profiles the “fresh fast food” trend and focuses on the production chain of Coop to go stores. Claudio Beretta, doctoral student in the Ecological Systems Design group of WFSC member Stefanie Hellweg, adds commentary to the interesting news profile. Read more 

13.03.2017 | Dr. Melanie Paschke, ETH Zürich

More biological diversity in agriculture

From the wealth of agricultural biodiversity in Switzerland, only a few old fruit and vegetable types find their way to the major distributors. However, these old crops could help overcome the genetic bottleneck in farming. Read more 

09.03.2017 | WFSC

Exhibit at ETH Zurich: Insects for Food

In an exhibit in the main building of ETH Zurich, the use of insects as food is explored. The opening evening of the exhibit on 03 March featured WFSC member Prof. Alexander Mathys, chair of Sustainable Food Processing at ETH Zurich. Read more 

09.03.2017 | WFSC

IMPROBUCK project featured in Coop Magazine

The project Improving buckwheat as an agronomically attractive crop for healthy food (IMPROBUCK), led by WFSC member Prof. Achim Walter and Dr. Eduardo Pérez, is profiled in a recent edition of the Coop Magazine (Nr. 8/2017). Read more 

08.03.2017 | WFSC

1.6 million CHF awarded to five new projects through the World Food System Grants Platform

We are again pleased to announce the funding of innovative cross-disciplinary, food system research projects through the Center’s WFS Grants Platform. The two research programs on this platform, the Mercator Research Program and the Coop Research Program, provide support for these projects totaling more than 1.6 million CHF. Read more 

21.02.2017 | Editorial team

Selenium deficiency promoted by climate change

As a result of climate change, concentrations of the trace element selenium in soils are likely to decrease. Because the selenium content of crops may also be reduced, the risk of selenium deficiency could be increased in many regions of the world. This was shown by a recent study which used data-mining to model the global distribution of selenium. Read more 

16.02.2017 | WFSC

Intercropping improves soil fertility

A recent article by the Austrian news broadcaster ORF features researcher Gina Garland, doctoral student in the Sustainable Agroecosystems group of WFSC member Prof. Johan Six. Her research focuses on the intercropping of maize and pigeon pea to improve soil composition and fertility. Read more 

15.02.2017 | Fabio Bergamin

Laissez-faire is not good enough for reforestation

If degraded and logged areas of tropical forests are left to nature, the populations of certain endangered tree species are not able to recover. This applies in particular to trees with large fruit where the seeds are distributed by birds, as ETH scientists have shown in a rainforest in India. Read more 

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