Newsletter: AERU are the authors of the pesticide and environment
related content of NIAB’s monthly e-newsletter, and have been collating
and disseminating news articles on these subjects for a number of years
based on our holistic understanding of the issues facing UK agriculture.
This research project is part of the 6th Framework Programme, and has
developed a suite of three pesticide risk prediction and management
tools, for use at different scales. AERU have developed the farm-scale
tool FOOT-FS, which aims to assist in the development of
environmentally sound pesticide strategies by identifying the
activities and pathways that most contribute to the contamination of
water resources, and providing advice on mitigation.
This project examined the energy consumption characteristics of
European glasshouse production systems, and produced a tool for
auditing energy efficiency in greenhouses, a set of technical
improvement measures and a guideline for the optimisation of energy
- Planning Your Entry Level
Stewardship Application: On behalf of the RSPB, AERU
developed this simple package that allows farmers to formulate an Entry
Level Stewardship (ELS) strategy that is of maximum benefit to farmland
biodiversity. It assists the user to select a series of management
options that will suit a particular farm type, and bird species and
other wildlife of particular significance. As a result, the points
requirement of the farm can be met, whilst making a valuable
contribution to the preservation and encouragement of our rural
- OrgPlan: AERU
and the Institute of Rural Studies at the University of Wales
Aberystwyth developed this organic conversion planning tool, in
collaboration with Rothamsted, SAC (The Scottish Agricultural College)
and Elm Farm Research Centre.
- Environmental Management
for Agriculture (EMA): This is an award winning computer
software package that provides a comprehensive suite of tools,
information and assessment routines designed to help the farming
industry improve its environmental performance. The software is for the
'public good' and aims to help develop a more sustainable agriculture.
- Defra’s Whole Farm Approach
(WFA): As part of the Whole Farm Approach (WFA), an
'Appraisal' has been developed by AERU. This is an electronic
self-assessment questionnaire in which individual questions are linked
to key industry documents, codes of practice and legislation, held
within the ADLib resource. As a result, it is possible to guide users
to precisely the information they need to ensure that the ‘appraisal’
becomes a powerful tool for encouraging best practice.
- FACTS website:
The ADLib resource has been used to develop a number of bespoke
libraries for clients including FACTS. These sites are password
protected, and include a range of documents drawn from the core ADLib
library, as well as specific documents only available to subscribers to
that particular client.
- EMA On-line: This
website is the primary subscription service developed from the ADLib
resource, and is the UK’s most comprehensive site covering
agri-environmental best practice and related issues, encompassing over
1,600 documents and 35,000 pages, all cross linked and searchable.
- ADLib: Building
on the library produced for the award winning EMA software, ADLib has
been developed jointly by AERU at the University of Hertfordshire and
TLR Ltd (Everysite), as a primary on-line and off-line information
resource for the industry, and is the foundation of a number of
subscription and client services.
- PPDB: The PPDB
(Pesticide Properties DataBase) is a comprehensive relational database
of pesticide physicochemical and ecotoxicological data, developed by
AERU with additional input from the EU-funded FOOTPRINT project. It is
freely available on-line, and can be purchased in MS Access format for
inclusion in research projects and regulatory assessments.
details of these and other relevant projects can be found in our Projects section.