Sustainable control of harmful organisms requires a large toolkit of possible instruments. From preventive management measures against pests to alternative non-chemical control measures or an optimised use of biocides: the range of potential options is huge. With the initiative “Sustainable Control of Harmful Organisms in the Twenty-First Century” (SCOTTY), UBA brings together different competencies and concepts. This website provides information on these activities.
The goal of the SCOTTY-initiative is to provide a broad portfolio of different efficacious options to control pests. To achieve this goal, UBA is
- researching and funding research to support innovative practices for the management of harmful organisms. Amongst others, this includes the development of efficacy testing guidelines for non-chemical alternatives and their application as well as research for a sustainable use of biocides.
- a hub for national and international stakeholders wanting to discuss questions on the sustainable control of harmful organisms.
- connecting different stakeholders involved in this topic. Academia, professional pest controllers and their customers, chemical and non-chemical industry and public authorities are all called for to achieve a sustainable control.
- reaching out to communicate the results to all relevant stakeholders and the public.
Until now, the following projects funded or conducted by UBA on related topics have started or are already finalised:
Efficacy testing /assessment of alternatives:
- Non-Chemical Alternatives for Rodent Control (NoCheRo, ongoing)
- Testing of non-chemical alternatives (rodent traps) for listing according to §18 German Infection Protection Act (ongoing)
- Urban rat management in sewers (ongoing)
- Concept study for the development and validation of criteria for the assessment of biocide-free alternatives
- Qualitative assessments of "microwave in curative wood preservatives", "sewer traps for rat control" and "underwater boat cover slides and mats against fouling for pleasure boats"
- Eco-label “Blue Angel” on biocide-free pest control (incl. efficacy requirements)
- Eco-label “Blue Angel” on thermal indoor pest control (incl. efficacy requirements)
- Eco-label “Blue Angel” on thermal pest control of wood (incl. efficacy requirements)
- Eco-label “Blue Angel” for external thermal insulation composite systems
- Development of an eco-label “Blue Angel” for biocide-free anti-fouling solutions (ongoing)
- Assessment of possible alternatives of creosote as wood preservative
Testing of devices for the application of biocides
- Study on drift potential during treatments against oak processionary moths
- Second study on drift potential during treatments against oak processionary moths and other spray applications (ongoing)
- Development of guidance for the testing of bait protection stations for rodenticides
- Testing of bait protection stations for rodenticides for listing according to §18 German Infection Protection Act (ongoing)
- Safe and sustainable-by-design rodenticides (soon to be published)
Stakeholder involvement and networking
- Study on procurement and use of biocides and alternatives in German municipalities (ongoing), including a workshop with municipalities
- Participation in workshops for “Pesticide-free municipalities” (“Pestizidfreie Kommunen”)
- Two NoCheRo workshops
- Regular meetings with different stakeholder associations (for example chemical and non-chemical industry, pest controllers, trade, municipalities, environment)