Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Activities Non-Toxic Environment

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Knowledge about the dispersal and impact of pesticides in the environment forms the basis for work done by government agencies on pesticide registration and risk reduction. SLU therefore has a collaborative centre focusing on pesticides in the environment. The emphasis of work there is on assessing the environmental situation for pesticides as a basis for monitoring progress towards the environmental objective, the work of government agencies and international reporting.

Heavy metals
Concentrations of mercury in fish and soil are markedly elevated in Sweden as a consequence of international emissions. Our work focuses on producing a scientific basis describing the processes governing the turnover of mercury in soil and water, particularly in relation to forestry methods. We also need to know more about cadmium flows in agricultural soils, as a basis for strategies to reduce cadmium levels in crops.

Exposure and impact of chemicals
There is a great lack of knowledge about the dangers posed by chemicals in our environment, and the adverse impacts that may result from exposure to several chemicals at the same time. Impacts on reproductive ability and the hormone system may be particularly devastating. The programme is therefore developing methods of identifying correlations between environmental pollutants and impacts on aquatic organisms and mammals. This will enable us to develop long-term robust indicators for monitoring the state of the environment and assessing the combined impacts of multiple environmental pollutants.

Centre for Chemical Pesticides (CKB)

A coherent body of knowledge on pesticides

The Centre for Chemical Pesticides (CKB) is pre-eminent in Sweden when it comes to knowledge about pesticides in agriculture and forestry.The centre is developing research and disseminating information about the environmental impacts of these chemical agents. Resources are being committed to developing methods in the field of environmental monitoring, risk assessment tools, and to increasing our understanding of the biological effects of the concentrations recorded.

"Our aim is to learn more about the way pesticides behave in the environment and develop a factual basis to support government agencies, the private sector and the general public. So far the results of our efforts have included improved tools used in the pesticide approval process in Sweden and the EU."

Jenny Kreuger,
Director of CKB

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