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The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL offers a wide range of services. On this page, you will find information about the numerous offers as well as the respective contacts.

Roughage analysis

FiBL offers roughage analyses which are carried out in its own laboratory. The roughage samples are analysed by means of a near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) device and the ingredients such as raw protein and energy are identified. The results are converted into digestible proteins (APDE/APDN) and usable energy (NEL/NEV). The costs are CHF 50.00 per analysis including a consultation by telephone as required. The sampling procedure is described on the form below (in German). To have a roughage sample examined, print out the form below, fill it out and send it with the sample to:

Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau FiBL
Parasitologie-Labor/Raufutteranalyse
Ackerstrasse 113
5070 Frick

Further information

Contact

Dr. Christophe Notz

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FiBL Shop

More than 400 publications on technical topics related to organic agriculture are available online in the FiBL shop. Most of the documents can be downloaded as PDFs free of charge; printed versions can be ordered for a fee. The publications offered in the FiBL shop provide information on topical issues in organic agriculture, processing and trade. They cover the most recent developments in research and practice and provide information in easily understandable form in up to 13 languages.

Further information

Contact

Gilles Weidmann

Link

shop.fibl.org: FiBL Shop

Organic seed bureau

Anyone wanting to buy organic seeds, organic planting material or seedlings should definitely first take a look at the organicXseeds website. Sellers of organic propagation material in Switzerland and abroad can use this website to publish their currently available stock. Entries in the database are the basis for approval decisions. Only material listed there is considered to be available. Via website, an application can be filed for the use of undressed non-organic seeds or planting material. If you have any questions on propagation material in organic farming, please contact the organic seed bureau.

Further information

Contact

Matthias Klaiss

Link

organicxseeds.com: Database on seed availability

Livestock sciences laboratory

The laboratory team’s main responsibilities include parasitological diagnostics and the performance of laboratory tests. The diagnostic spectrum comprises more than twenty established methods for the detection, quantification and characterization of eggs, larvae and adult stages of gastro-intestinal worms and lung worms, liver fluke and coccidia. Moreover, the team carries out laboratory trials for FiBL research projects and processes milk, urine and blood samples. For the parasite monitoring programme run by the Swiss small ruminant advisory and health service (Schweizerischer Beratungs- und Gesundheitsdienst für Kleinwiederkäuer, BGK), we examine approximately 7000 faecal samples from sheep, goats, deer and South American camelids annually. We further assess the parasite burden of cattle, chickens and horses on behalf of livestock owners and veterinarians. Additionally, we have developed a variety of testing procedures for the assessment of alternative strategies for controlling internal and external parasites. These methods are used to assess, for example, the effect of plantbased compounds on the development of gastro-intestinal worms or on poultry mites.

Further information

Contact

Veronika Maurer, FiBL Switzerland

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Application laboratory

Our laboratory gives us the opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of biological plant protection products. It allows us to test products such as fungicides or resistance inducers under controlled and standardized conditions for systems such as grapes/downy mildew, apples/ scab, apples/Marssonina- induced leaf drop as well as tomato blight and foliage or tuber blight in potatoes. For each test, six seedlings are treated either in an automated spray booth, or manually where product quantity is limited. The seedlings are subsequently inoculated with the pathogen and assessed 6 to 21 days later. The laboratory can also test products for rainfastness and UV resistance.

Further information

Contact

Hans-Jakob Schärer, FiBL Switzerland

Input lists for Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands and Europe

Organic producers are only allowed to use natural substances. This is true for fertilizers, substrates, products to combat parasites as well as plant protection products, disinfectants, livestock feeds and silage additives.

FiBL publishes "input lists" that list permitted commercial products. The assessment of such products requires a great deal of technical expertise and is therefore conducted by specialized teams at FiBL. For the assessment, manufacturers must submit complete product information to FiBL.

The first input list for Switzerland was published by FiBL in 1992. Additional lists were added over time: The FiBL list for Germany, the lists for Naturland, Gäa, Demeter Germany and Demeter International, organic processing as well as the list for the Netherlands. The latest ‘family member’ is the list for Europe, which was put online in early 2018.

Further information

Contact

Bernhard Speiser, FiBL Switzerland

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Advice on feedstuff

The team responsible for feedstuff at FiBL advises farmers and companies on the use of Bio Suisse-compliant feed on behalf of Bio Suisse.

We test compound feeds that are to be labelled with the organic input Bud and pass them on to Bio Suisse for licensing. In addition, we check the components of mineral and supplementary feeds as well as premixes and add them to the input list or the online list of premixes.

We support farmers in their search for products compliant with organic farming for specific areas of application.

On our website, you will find all important documents and the search function. You can also contact us by phone at any time.

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Contacts

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SFS GmbH – Sustainable Food Systems

How sustainable is my operation/my company/my supply chain? Using the FiBL spin-off SFS’s SMART method, sustainability can be assessed and communicated efficiently. The method is suited to agricultural holdings, manufacturing and trade operations as well as to clients in the scientific community and in development cooperation.

Further information

Contact

Moritz Teriete, moritz.teriete(at)sustainable-food.com

Link

sustainable-food-systems.com: Homepage of Sustainable Food Systems

SubstainTec GmbH

The scientific results obtained from FiBL’s research are aimed at helping practitioners to solve urgent problems. It is the FiBL spin-off company SubstainTec’s mission to turn promising results of scientific studies into useful and accessible products for practitioners.

Further information

Contact

Veronika Maurer, FiBL Switzerland