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Kuva: Pauliina Laitinen, MTT
Background and work packages

Scientific research results are demonstrated in practice in EU Life+ co-funded projects. In the project PesticideLife (2010 - 2013), we demonstrate integrated pest management practices in Finnish farms. From practical reasons, cultivation practices are done according to farmers plans in the first year. Project staff is monitoring the pests from the selected fields. Chemical pest management is done only according to control threshold values. Effectiveness of selected pest management practices have been compared with the non-sprayed windows. Methods will be reviewed and backcasted during the next winter. Cultivation practices (e.g. soil management and variety selection) may be demonstrated the next year.

Work packages
Work package 1, partnership
National action plan (NAP) for sustainable use of pesticides is related to EU and national regulation. Integrated pest management will affect political decision making as well as farmers and consumers. We have published a policy review report of follow-up and linkages of an upcoming NAP. In the implementation of NAP, it is important to build up a mutual network between farmers, research, plant protection industry, trade, consumers and environmental organisations. Patrik Erlund from NSL is heading the WP 1.

Work package 2, IPM
We will develop a national guideline for integrated pest management on cereal cultivation, supporting the coming NAP. Novel forecasting models and pest monitoring are a part of the IPM guidelines. In IPM, chemical pest management is done only according to control threshold values, which have been reviewed an will be reassessed during the project. IPM methods used int the project are e.g. crop rotation, disease resistant varieties and pest forecasting models. Head: Sanni Junnila, MTT.

Work package 3
WP deleted during project evaluation.

Work package 4, comply
Use of plant protection products has health and environmental risks. Understanding of the risks requires extensive and continuing discussion. This will be done with focus on food production social responsibility and on prevention of pesticide runoff. It is important to get an environmental impact assessment (EIA) of pesticides as a part of life cycle assessment (LCA) of food production. Head of WP 4 is professor Sirpa Kurppa from MTT.

Work package 5, dissemination
We will disseminate information and knowledge of IPM on cereal cultivation and NAP. We will arrange seminars and field visits, press conferences, as well as publish leaflets, web site, facebook site and web album. Head of the WP 5 is Irmeli Markkula from MTT. 

Work package 6, management
Project management is head by Sanni Junnila from MTT. She will report the project progress to the external monitoring team Astrale and to EU.

Work package 7, monitoring
Success of the project is monitored internally by Pekka Manninen. He will follow up the time table, success and realization of actions according to the project proposal.


Kuva: Pauliina Laitinen, MTT

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