Project PesticideLife (2010 - 2013) is managed by MTT Agrifood Research Finland. Advisory association for Swedish speaking farmers of Ostrobothnia (Nylands Svenska Lantbrukssällskap NSL) and Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency Tukes are project partners. Stakeholders are Plant Protection Association (Kasvinsuojeluseura ry), Berner Ltd and Raisio Plc. The project is co-funded by EU Life+ financial instrument.
The project yields information on building and regularly updating National Action Plan (NAP) for sustainable use of pesticides, which is based on Directive 2009/128/EC. The objective of the directive, and thus the project, is to minimise the environmental and health risks of the use of plant protection products (PPP), and to adopt integrated pest management (IPM) practices extensively.
With these objectives we can diminish PPP runoff in water bodies and degradation of water systems in spite of growing needs for plant protection. Project's goal is to develop a risk indicator assessing NAP realisation, as the directive provides.
Innovative discussion on implementation of IPM principles in the Northern Europe is urgently needed. Therefore project's international objective is to build up a Nordic-Baltic network for information exchange among all the IPM and administrative experts involved in the development of NAP's.
The project concentrates on cereal cultivation in Northern climatic conditions using three representative pesticides; an insecticide (alpha-cypermethtin), a fungicide (prothioconazole) and a herbicide (glyphosate). Both current and novel IPM methods are demonstrated on three regions. Used methods will help to maintain productive cereal cultivation in changing climate, not forgetting environmental and health risk prevention of plant protection. Knowledge provided will be transferred to Nordic-Baltic countries.
The risk indicator will integrate models for pest forecasting, climate and pest damage. With plant protection products, it includes LCA-modelling and regional PPP runoff modelling. Risk indicator and models will be verified on cooperation farms of PesticideLife.