Evira's scientific research outline

Scientific research conducted by Evira focuses on research projects meeting society's needs. Alongside societal effectiveness, the scientific standard of research is a key focal point. In research projects, account must be taken of the needs of control activities. External funding must be actively sought for leading research projects from abroad, especially from the EU and joint Nordic sources. In addition, external funding should be sought from the Academy of Finland, Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and various foundations.

Investments will be made in networking by researchers and contacts with universities and research institutions will be increased in Finland and abroad. An international network of reference laboratories provides a sound way of networking with international scientific research and joint projects. Guidance for scientific research will be made more efficient and completion of scientific articles will be expedited.

Food safety and nutrition research outline

Microbiology focuses on research into bacterial and parasitic diseases transmitted via food products, in order to prevent food poisoning and other infections. Both microbiological and chemical studies are based on national control and monitoring programmes. Alongside research into developments in the occurrence of harmful substances and preventive measures, chemical food safety studies are focused on the nutritional content of food products and new production techniques at various stages of production.

1. Microbiological food safety
Bacterial zoonoses
Food-borne parasitic zoonoses
Antimicrobial resistance

2. Chemical food safety and nutrition
Contaminants in food
Genetic engineering and nanomaterials
Nutritional content

Animal health and welfare research outline

Scientific research focuses on research into contagious animal diseases that are important and of economic significance to Finland. Animal disease research at Evira and information gained from the health care system, on animal production conditions, illnesses, and medications, form the foundation of research into animal welfare. Animal health is vital to their welfare, which should also be taken into account in animal breeding.

1. Virus infections that are of national importance and threaten Finland

2. Animal health care and welfare (including parasitology)

3. Bacterial infections in animals, especially bacteria transmitted via food products, and antibiotic resistance related to the treatment of such infections

4. Diseases in wild, corralled and farmed animals

Plant production and plant health research outline

Evira does not conduct scientific research directly related to plant production conditions or plant health, but is embarking on scientific risk assessment related to plant health. This activity will focus on the main pests of key economic significance to Finland. To ensure the availability of research data related to the prerequisites for plant production and plant health, Evira cooperates actively with domestic and international research organisations. Such research is targeted at research projects considered important in terms of Evira’s focus areas. Evira participates in steering groups for research projects and provides materials created through control and analytical activities, for use in research. As far as possible, it also performs laboratory analyses for research projects.

Research data is provided in support of plant health risk management when

1. Risk management experts network actively with researchers,

2. Experts utilise information published in literature reviews and conduct database searches, and

3. Risk management lists and publishes its research needs in order to generate new information not yet available.


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