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Research Reports Index

On behalf of Defra, CRD manages a substantial Research & Development programme in support of Government policy on pesticide use. The main areas of research include: safe use of pesticides, including effects on non-target species; operator safety and spray drift; alternative systems of pest and disease control (eg biological controls); pesticide resistance, and the fate of pesticides in the environment.

Below is a list of a few examples of research commissioned by CRD.

Project number click for summary

Title

Contractor

Date

CRD commissioned research to evaluate the performance of the Voluntary Initiative for pesticides. The final report (pdf, 167 pages) is now available.

FERA

2006

Research investigating declines in effectiveness of triazoles against Septoria tritici

(Final report now available pdf 18pages)

ADAS

2007

The Economic Impact of Directive 91/414/EEC and Legislation on Maximum Residue Levels (pdf, 48 pages)

Drew-Associates Limited

2006

Assessment of the Agronomic Impact of Directive 91/414/EEC and Legislation on Maximum Residue Levels (pdf, 293 pages)

Drew-Associates Limited

2006

PL0538

Development of guidance on parameter estimation for the preferential flow model MACRO 4.2 (pdf, 68 pages).

The MACRO model is used to simulate movement of pesticides to surface waters via drainflow and leaching to depth through soils prone to preferential flow.

Cranfield University

2002

Reducing Agrochemical Use on the Arable Farm: the TALISMAN and SCARAB Projects

These evolved as follow-on studies to the Boxworth Project which broke new ground during the 1980s as the first long-term, farm-scale project to investigate the ecological impact of intensive arable farming practices. TALISMAN and SCARAB were designed to examine in greater scientific detail many of the issues raised by the Boxworth Project.

ADAS

2002

EPG 1/5/131

Higher Tier Laboratory Aquatic Toxicity Testing (pdf, 70 pages)

Reviews the role of higher tier laboratory aquatic toxicity studies in the risk assessment process.

Cranfield University

2001

PN0907

Potential Exposure of Birds to Treated Seed (pdf, 53 pages)

Seed treated with pesticides may pose a risk to birds. This study investigates those risks.

FERA

2001

PN0908

Methods for estimating daily food intake of wild birds and mammals (pdf, 22 pages)

Reviews data on daily energy expenditure and food intake in relation to the risks posed by pesticides

FERA

2002

PN0920

UK Case Studies on Quantitative Risk Assessment (pdf, 39 pages)

This project used case studies to evaluate the feasibility and benefits of applying probabilistic methods to regulatory assessments for pesticides.

FERA

2002

PN0928

Protocols for laboratory, extended laboratory and semi-field bioassays in pesticide risk assessment schemes for non-target arthropods (pdf, 19 pages)

Rothamsted Research

2002

PN0935

Estimating pesticide residues on invertebrates eaten by birds and mammals (poster presented at SETAC Annual Meeting, Baltimore, 11/2001) (pdf, 1 page)

FERA

2001

PN0940

The Impact of Herbicides on Weed Abundance and Biodiversity (pdf, 147 pages)

Examines non-target effects of herbicides on higher plant species within arable and horticultural crops.

IACR & Marshall Agroecology Ltd
CAER, University of Reading
FERA
SCRI

2001

PL0516

Evaluation of the use of preferential flow models to predict the movement of pesticides to water sources under UK conditions (pdf, 101 pages)

This study evaluated the predictive ability of preferential flow models against pesticide datasets for a range of UK conditions

Cranfield University

1998

All are pdf files. Some are quite large files. If you do not have the necessary software to read pdf files or do not wish to download the whole document you can view an html executive summary of most by clicking on the project number.

Further information

Updated 2016-12-01