Council Directive 91/414/EEC and the Federal Plant Protection Act (PflSchG) call for the protection of terrestrial plants against the negative impact of plant protection products and their active ingredients. The assessment of potential risks raises many questions, particularly when considering areas not used for agricultural production.
To investigate the impact of plant protection products on so-called non-target organisms, we use test systems based on international guidelines, as required in the licensing procedure (for example, OECD Guidelines 208 and 227: Terrestrial Plant Test). One example of such standard test systems is non-target plant tests in which defined concentrations of a plant protection product are applied using methods conventional in practice. The plants are then cultivated in the greenhouse under controlled conditions. The objective is to determine effect rates (NOER and ERx values), e.g. the reduction of biomass in relation to the concentration.
To capture the actual effects of agricultural use on animals and plants in the field, we also offer monitoring studies. In connection with our extensive geodata inventories, we can use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to preselect the best sites for targeted monitoring and place the respective monitoring results in a spatial context.