FiBL (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture)

Scientific Portrait

What we work upon

FiBL is one of the world's leading centers for research, development and technology transfer in the field of sustainable, organic and extensive agriculture. We have expertise in all aspects of organic agriculture: soil management and crop production, animal welfare and holistic animal health, socioeconomic issues, organic food processing and comprehensive analyses of the organic market. We have locations in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and France, and with FiBL Europe a representation in Brussels (Belgium). Our strengths are interdisciplinary research, joint innovations with farmers and the food industry, solution-oriented development projects and rapid knowledge transfer from research into practice.
FiBL Switzerland has its headquarters in Frick and currently employs around 200 people. In the area of crop protection, we have extensive experience in applied and strategic research, development and technology transfer for diseases in potatoes, vegetables, apples, vines and other crops. One research focus is the development and evaluation of novel plant protection products, and the integration of novel plant protection strategies (including resistant cultivars, agronomic strategies and biopesticides) in low input and organic production systems.

Our contribution for DialogProTec

FiBL has established test systems and know-how to test new crop protection products in vitro and in vivo in the laboratory and in the field. In particular, we have many years of experience in testing pesticides on grapevines. We have an indoor screening system with vine seedlings and can also test products at an advanced stage in the vineyard of our in-house screening facility as well as on farms.
We also have practical research experience in the field of induced resistance and thus in plant communication. FiBL is an associated partner of DialogProTec without funding by Interreg.

Project-relevant publications

Thuerig, Barbara; James, Emily E.; Schärer, Hans-Jakob; Langat, Moses K.; Mulholland, Dulcie A.; Treutwein, Jonas; Kleeberg, Ina; Ludwig, Mathias; Jayarajah, Praveen; Giovannini, Oscar; Markellou, Emilia und Tamm, Lucius (2018) Reducing copper use in the environment: the use of larixol and larixyl acetate to treat downymildew caused by Plasmopara viticola in viticulture. Pest Management Science, 74 (2), S. 477-488.

Dagostin, Silvia; Schärer, Hans-Jakob; Pertot, Ilaria und Tamm, Lucius (2011) Are there alternatives to copper for controlling grapevine downy mildew in organic viticulture? Crop Protection, 30, S. 776-788.

Th√ľrig, Barbara; Felix, Georg; Binder, Andreas; Boller, Thomas und Tamm, Lucius (2006) An extract of Penicillium chrysogenum elicits early defense-related responses and induces resistance in Arabidopsis thaliana independently of known signalling pathways. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology, 67, S. 180-193.


Dr. Lucius Tamm
Dr. Lucius Tamm,
Director FiBL
Dr. Pascale Flury
Dr. Pascale Flury,

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