Jeanine Ammann

Jeanine Ammann
Agroscope · Competitiveness and System Evaluation

Doctor of Science ETH Zurich
disgustologist, sustainability researcher, food and social scientist, agricultural policy and smart farming

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Introduction
My current research interests include smart farming and sustainable agriculture. I am especially passionate about understanding how consumers make decisions. In my previous research, I looked at consumer behaviour and decision making. What factors contribute to a food being considered as disgusting or ending up as food waste? Why do some consumers prefer meat alternatives over meat? What drives environmental friendly behaviour?
Additional affiliations
September 2021 - present
Agroscope
Position
  • Scientific Collaborator
September 2020 - August 2021
Agroscope
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Smart farming, precision farming, smart agriculture.
September 2019 - August 2020
ETH Zurich
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Sensory, Virtual Reality, Eye Tracking, Food Disgust Sensitivity
Education
September 2012 - July 2014
ETH Zurich
Field of study
  • Food Science
September 2008 - June 2011
ETH Zurich
Field of study
  • Food Science

Publications

Publications (19)
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Digital technologies are a promising means to tackle the increasing global challenges (e.g., climate change, water pollution, soil degradation) and revolutionising agricultural production. The current research used a two-stage Delphi study with 34 experts from various domains, including production, advisory and research, to identify the key drivers...
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Drying-off practices to reduce milk production before dry-off are gaining attention because high milk yields at dry-off are becoming more common and increase the risk to cow health and welfare during the dry period. Incomplete milking for the last days before dry-off is one approach for reducing milk production. We conducted an online survey to det...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of our everyday lives. To investigate these behaviour changes, an online survey was conducted with 1’028 individuals (51% female) in Switzerland between June and July 2020. The questions referred in particular to the lockdown in spring 2020. We put specific focus on the pandemic’s impact on health-rela...
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In 2020, the first COVID-19 lockdowns resulted in food panic buying and excessive food stockpiling across many countries around the world. Many governments recommend keeping emergency food stocks for three to ten days for times of potential shortages in food supply. Based on data from an online survey conducted among Swiss inhabitants, we investiga...
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The use of digital technologies in agriculture offers various benefits, such as site-specific application, better monitoring, and physical relief. The handling of these technologies requires a specific skill set. Therefore, the question arises of when and how farm managers learn about digital technologies. Aiming to analyse the current situation, t...
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The use of digital technologies in agriculture offers various benefits, such as site-specific application, better monitoring, and physical relief. The handling of these technologies requires a specific skill set. Therefore, the question arises of when and how farm managers learn about digital technologies. Aiming to analyse the current situation, t...
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Food Waste hat viel mit Ekel zu tun. Ein Grossteil der Lebensmittel, die weggeworfen werden, wurden entsorgt, weil wir es eklig finden, diese zu konsumieren. Diese Prozesse laufen unbewusst ab. Mit dem hier beschriebenen Workshop möchten wir unser Bewusstsein trainieren und verstehen, wie wir entscheiden, ob ein Lebensmittel noch ein Lebensmitte...
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In the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, personal hygiene behaviours such as proper handwashing have gained significantly more attention and interpersonal contact is performed with great care. Disgust, as a disease-avoidance mechanism, can play an important role in the promotion of hygiene behaviour. We know from previous research that pathogen...
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The huge amount of food wasted at the consumer or household level has severe environmental and economic consequences. In the present work, we compared two self-report measures for the assessment of food waste quantities at the household level in Switzerland. Participants (N = 223) were asked to complete an online food waste questionnaire (FWQ), in...
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Introduction For nutrition and behaviour experiments, researchers often desire to change visual properties of food items. However, such changes can lead to unwanted side-effects in textural or sensory properties. With VR technology, research in food science and nutrition can draw from a novel range of possibilities that allow specific changes in vi...
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The use of virtual reality (VR) in sensory science studies can offer new possibilities for experimental design. For instance, VR allows for the modification of visual product properties without changing the product composition. In a set of two augmented virtuality studies, we investigated whether the results we obtained in real-life (RL) settings w...
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This study was the first to use virtual reality for disgust research and pursued two aims. First, we explored whether it was possible to induce disgust in a virtual environment. Second, we examined the relationship between food disgust sensitivity, presence (a psychological state of “being there”), and participants’ willingness to eat a food item a...
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The Food Disgust Picture Scale (FDPS) is a newly developed picture tool that can be used to conduct cross-cultural assessments of food disgust sensitivity. It consists of eight food-related pictures, which participants rate according to the level of disgust they evoke. Due to the undeniable influence of culture on what individuals consider as disgu...
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The cross-cultural testing of scales represents an important step in the scale validation process. The present study evaluated whether the eight-item short version of the recently developed Food Disgust Scale (FDS-short) is a reliable and valid tool for measuring food disgust sensitivity in ten countries: Australia, China, England, France, Germany,...
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We investigated the relationship between perceived bitterness, food disgust sensitivity, and sex. Participants completed the 8-item Food Disgust Scale and a 6-n-propylthiouracil (PROP) taster test and were categorised as PROP non-tasters, medium-tasters, or supertasters. An analysis of variance of between-subject factors sex and PROP taster status...
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The present study aimed to investigate the relationship between people’s food disgust sensitivity and their food hygiene behaviour. We asked 1066 participants in Switzerland to complete an online survey. They provided information on how often they performed certain hygiene behaviours, how likely they would be to eat different food items after they...
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The present set of studies developed and tested the Food Disgust Picture Scale (FDPS). This is a tool for the assessment of food disgust sensitivity that will measure disgust and predict possible reactions. This eight-picture tool can be used in complement to or as a replacement for currently available text-based measures. In an exploratory Study 1...
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Tools that specifically measure food disgust sensitivity are scarce. This gap has been successfully filled with the recently developed eight-item version of the Food Disgust Scale (FDS short). In the present study, we tested the validity of this measure with three behavioural tasks that we designed. Participants (N = 108) filled in questionnaires b...

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Dialog im Quartier ist eine Veranstaltungsreihe des Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center, um mit Quartierbewohner:innen und lokalen Akteur:innen den Ernährungswandel gemeinsam zu gestalten und nachhaltige Ernährungsgewohnheiten in Haushalten zu verankern. Wir bedanken uns bei den folgenden Stiftungen und Trägern für die Unterstützung: Stiftung 3fö, Christoph Merian Stiftung Basel, AUE Kanton Basel-Stadt, Umwelt und Gesundheitschutz Zürich und beim Klimabildungsprogramm des Bundesamts für Umwelt. www.deinquartiernachhaltig.ch
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In the first work package we investigate the effect of the first lockdown in 2020 on health related behaviours (i.e., food choice, physical activity and changes in body weight). In the second work package determinants of the decision to build up excessive food stocks during the first lockdown in 2020 are indentified. The data used in our analyses are from an online survey that was conducted by the Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) in June and July 2020. The main aim of the online survey was to collect data on dietary, stockpiling and physical activity behaviour of Swiss inhabitants during the period of the COVID-19 measures imposed by the Federal Council from March 13 to April 26, 2020. In total, 1,028 respondents completed the online survey (FSVO, 2020). The online survey contained 42 questions, which were distributed over the following four parts: 1) sociodemographic information; 2) changes in work situation and changes in food consumption and stockpiling caused by the lockdown; 3) changes in physical activity and body weight caused by the lockdown, and body height; 4) worries about availability and affordability of food.
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The main aim of this project is to analyse the current state of adoption and make prognoses for technology adoption in the future. Further, we investigate the drivers and barriers of technology adoption in agriculture, which will ultimately help design measures that can support the adoption process.