We use our budgets to fund science research within our laboratories at Swansea University. Some of our research is targeted at high priority governmental legislations.
We are keen to make our advances in science available to other organisations and to increase the economic impact of our research. For business and industry, the results of our research could potentially lead to the production of new products and services or we can collaborate with policy makers through scientific research.
The EU has withdrawn many pesticides due to the risk they pose to humans and the environment (EC regulation 1107/2009 (concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market and repealing Council Directives 79/117/EEC and 91/414/EEC) & Directive 2009/128/EC (establishing a framework for Community action to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides) These legislations makes it obligatory on EU Member States to implement integrated pest management programs with priority being given to non-chemical benign methods of pest control.
This places considerable pressure on farmers and other stakeholders who are trapped between the diminishing number of chemical pesticides and the lack of safe alternatives. The gap in the market to develop and produce benign methods of pest control is clear and makes our research timely and a proactive response to future government restrictions on the use of chemical pesticides.
Our research will develop natural pesticides which will target problems posed by chemical methods of pest control i.e. pests that have built up resistance to synthetic chemical pesticides.