At the Institute for Strategies and Technology Assessment we develop and test concepts and management options for integrated crop cultivation and organic farming. In this context, we pay special attention to the social challenges related to sustainable agriculture. It is crucial to assess the multifaceted consequences of current and future developments in the field of agriculture and related areas. Particularly, we examine the associated ecological and economic aspects. Key issues in this context are an efficient use of resources, ensuring sufficient food and feed production, conservation and enhancement of biodiversity, as well as the benefits and costs for stakeholders involved.
An important focus of our work is the description and evaluation of the consequences of the application of plant protection products and also those that arise from their prohibition or abandonment. Thus our Institute is instrumental in the scientific supervision of the "National Action Plan on Sustainable Use of Plant Protection Products" (NAP) of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the Federal States. We also play a decisive role in the area of minor uses and minor crops.
We work closely together with other JKI institutes to take into account all the relevant aspects and research about cultivated crops, to assess the benefits and risks of cropping and crop protection strategies towards a holistic approach to provide sound alternatives.
Our scientific methods are diverse. They range from laboratory and field tests to the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), model-based studies as well as statistical surveys on the use of plant protection products in agricultural and horticultural practice.