We study the future impact of pesticides using controlled laboratory and field trials, and we monitor environmental change through the Norwegian Agricultural Environmental Monitoring Program (JOVA). Our aim is to reduce pollution from point sources through development, optimization and promotion of specific measures like biofilters, and to use simulation models to develop risk assessment procedures and end-user tools for reducing diffuse pollution from pesticide spraying in different farming communities.
We primarily study the exposure to and the bioavailability of pesticides and degradation products in the environment. To progress our research, we continuously develop analytical methods for detecting new substances and in lower concentrations.
It is important that we publish the results of our research through channels and in formats that can be used by government agencies, advisory bodies, professional users and the public.
Our key aim is to increase the knowledge of pesticide transport, exposure, effects and risks in the environment under different climate and soil conditions, and develop recommendations for sustainable use of pesticides under Norwegian conditions. We initiate and participate in national and international research project to achieve this.