Predicting pesticide loads more accurately:

The EU wants to further improve the authorization process for plant protection products. The different national procedures for this are supposed to be further harmonized. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a software for estimating the transfer of pesticides into surface water initially in Germany.

Researchers of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME have developed software for Germany that calculates the concentration of pesticides/plant protection products in surface waters like ditches or streams. The new process can be employed as a component of pesticide authorization procedures. The software developed by the scientists at the Schmallenberg location works more accurately and delivers faster results than current procedures in Germany and the EU. The concentrations of pesticides are used to assess the risk for the populations of aquatic organisms – these include fish, aquatic plants, and insects. The research partners are the Institute of Landscape Ecology and Resources Management of the Justus Liebig University Giessen, the RLP AgroScience – Institute of Agroecology, the RWTH Aachen University, and the French IT company FOOTWAYS S.A.S. The German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA) sponsored the research.

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