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Functional biodiversity

Beneficial insects instead of pesticides against pests in vegetable cultivation

Our aim is to increase functional biodiversity, i.e. to use wild flowers to attract parasitoids into the cabbage field - or to retain them if we release them - to increase natural pest control. By strengthening biological control we can reduce or even eliminate the use of pesticides. Our approach thus increases biodiversity in two ways: directly through the added plants and the organisms that use them as resources, and indirectly through the reduction of pesticides, which always destroy a plethora of non-target organisms.

FiBL project team

Collaboration partners

  • Felix Wäckers, Lancaster University, UK
  • Mathias Kölliker, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Walter Salzburger, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Pius Andermatt, Syngenta AG, Switzerland
  • Peter Nagel, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Michael Traugott, University of Innsbruck, Austria


  • Bristol-Stiftung
  • Bundesamt für Umwelt (BAFU)
  • Coop Fonds für Nachhaltigkeit
  • Ernst Göhner Stiftung
  • Fenaco Genossenschaft, Hauptner-Dietlikon-Zürich
  • Parrotia-Stiftung
  • Schöni Finefood AG
  • Singenberg Siftung
  • Spendenstiftung Bank Vontobel
  • Stiftung Wirtschaft und Ökologie (SWO)
  • Stiftung zur internationalen Erhaltung der Pflanzenvielfalt
  • Gamil-Foundation
  • Werner Steiger Stiftung