AERU AGRICULTURE & ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH UNIT
 

AERU's impact

AERU's work has had an impact which belies the small size of the group. It has not only directly affected on-farm practices around the world, but has also been influential in steering policy both at home and abroad covering agricultural production, the environment and the food chain as a whole. Some examples of our impact are outlined below:

  • 2006-Ongoing: A part of the pesticide and other chemical data collated by AERU has been made publicly available online in the form of the PPDB (Pesticide Properties DataBase), BPDB (Bio-Pesticides DataBase) and VSDB (Veterinary Substances DataBase). These are accessed from all over the world (they regularly get over 10000 visits per day) and extensively cited in literature as the main source of data driving the risk assessments reported. See Pesticide, biopesticide and veterinary substances databases.
  • 2019-2020: AERU's work on collating the measures implemented under the Nitrates Directive are being used to support the development of future policies and measures to reduce nitrate pollution. See Providing support in relation to the identification of approaches and measures in action programmes under Nitrates Directive (91/676/EEC).
  • 2006-2020: AERU have been involved in assessing the impact on GHG emissions of different options under the UK's Countryside Stewardship scheme. This work was first undertaken in 2006 and has been extended and repeated as the scheme and its options have evolved over the years. The work undertaken by AERU has contributed towards reducing GHG emissions and increasing carbon sequestration by helping scheme administrators to encourage the adoption by farmers and land managers of options that reduce net emissions. See Countryside stewardship GHG emissions.
  • 2012-2021: AERU have undertaken several projects for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in which they have collated the latest evidence on chemicals is food and livestock feed. The knowledge synthesised by AERU has been used by EFSA to support their regulatory and evaluation processes that are used to guide European policy. See Chemicals in food and feed.
  • 1994-2017: AERU pioneered the concept of environmental management systems within the agriculture and land use sector, with many of the management practices now common place on farms today. This included the development of tools such as the award winning EMA software application, which had 8000 users over 10 years and led to many spin-off tools and services, such as the ADLib which became a key knowledge transfer service. See Environmental Management for Agriculture; and ADLib (Agricultural Document Library)

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