Jenny, M. (2000)

Nischenproduktion als Chance für die Artenvielfalt am Beispiel des Klettgauer Emmer/Einkorn-Projektes.

Further information

S. 236–246 in: Vorstand des Dachverbandes Agrarforschung (ed.): Entwicklung nachhaltiger Landnutzungssysteme in Agrarlandschaften. Schriftenreihe Agrarspectrum 31



In the Klettgau valley (Northern Switzerland) a low intensity cereal production program with the two old wheat species Emmer Triticum dicoccum and Einkorn Triticum monococcum has been established for farmers who mainly produce arable crops. The project was initiated by the Swiss Ornithological Institute of Sempach and based on a long-term conservation and habitat management program for endangered species of the open farmland. The participating farmers have to follow some mayor ecological schemes like the renouncement of using herbicides. This kind of cultivation contributes to a enhancement of the biodiversity in arable farmland and to a conservation of genetic resources. Sustainability according to the local agenda 21 is a main focus and feature of the project. A variety of different products from bred to spaghettis and beer is produced and sold on the local and regional market. The program is supported and managed by four partner groups which include organisations from nature and genetic resource conservation to agricultural education and advisory service.