Sustainable Production Systems
This major focuses on applied research in sustainable agricultural and forest production systems in Switzerland and abroad.
You will study production systems in forests, fields and barns, and in so doing, will work on the following topics:
- deepening your scientific knowledge
- production engineering
- analysis and optimisation of production systems
- assessment and improvement of sustainability
- agricultural, silvicultural and ecological research relevant to the industry
- innovation combining ecological responsibility and profitability
- management of natural resources and climate change
- research design and statistical analysis
The Master’s thesis is generally embedded within a HAFL project or is conducted together with a HAFL research partner. You may, however, also do it together with another research or industry partner, for example your employer.
Topics range from irrigation in the tropics, through shared crop rotation in Canton Vaud, under-sowing of legumes in in crops, disease prevention in broiler chicken or bamboo production, to shade trees in cocoa plantations.
Open thesis topics (pdf)
Theses in progress (pdf)
Abstracts of completed theses
Sensitivity of Ditylenchus dipsaci on fluopyram (Alan Storelli) (pdf)
Interspecific grapevine cultivars in Switzerland (Lena Holzwarth) (pdf)
Having completed this major, you will be able to develop practical and innovative solutions for agricultural and forest production. You will be able to investigate whole production systems for sustainability and make sound scientific contributions in multidisciplinary teams.
You will be ideally suited to taking on demanding tasks at home and abroad in applied research and development, education and extension as well as in public administration.