The laboratory team’s at FiBL Switzerland 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.
Veronika Maurer, FiBL Switzerland
Our laboratory at FiBL Switzerland 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.
Hans-Jakob Schärer, FiBL Switzerland
FiBL Switzerland 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, fill out the form below and send it with the sample to us.
Christophe Notz, FiBL Switzerland