Research and Laboratory Department

The Research and Laboratory Department manages and develops analytics and diagnostics for animal diseases, food and plant health, the quality of seeds and seed potatoes, the quality of cereals, and the controlling of feeds and fertilisers. The Department engages in scientific research in its field. It is also responsible for reference laboratory functions at Evira and their development and participation in the laboratory approval procedure. Moreover, the Department produces risk assessments in the domain of Evira for use in Finland and internationally concerning the economic and safety implications of animal diseases, plant health and food safety.

The following is a description of the units of the Research and Laboratory Department and their duties.

Chemistry and Toxicology Research Unit

Sections:

  • inorganic contaminants
  • composition and quality indicators
  • fertilisers
  • medicine residues
  • toxicology

 

The duties of the research unit are:
1) chemical and toxicological analytics and specialist duties related to foods, feeds and fertilisers
2) organoleptic analyses of foods and related specialist duties
3) analyses related to control of contaminants
4) analyses related to the approval and control of plant protection agents
5) analyses related to genetically modified foods and feeds

Food and Feed Microbiology Research Unit

Sections:

  • food microbiology
  • feeds and fertilisers
  • antibiotics
  • support services for laboratory work

The duties of the research unit are:
1) microbiological and microscopic analyses of feeds and fertiliser products, and related specialist duties
2) analysis and epidemiology of food-borne pathogenic microbes, particularly zoonotic bacteria, and related specialist duties
3) contribution to investigations of food poisoning epidemics
4) monitoring of antibiotic resistance in bacteria and microbiological analyses of trace concentrations of antibiotics, and related specialist duties
5) production of microbiological nutrition media and equipment maintenance

Pathology Research Unit

Sections:

  • pathology laboratory
  • pathology diagnostics

 

The duties of the research unit are:
1) pathological and parasitological diagnostics and monitoring of animal diseases and zoonoses
2) specialist duties related to diseases in hobby animals
3) coordination and development of the area of pathology at Evira

Plant Analysis Unit

Sections:

  • ecotoxicology and wood
  • harmful organisms of plants
  • seeds
  • cereals

 

The duties of the research unit are:
1) ecotoxicological analytics and specialist duties related to the quality and environmental impact of organic fertilisers
2) analytics and specialist duties related to dangerous plant pests appearing in and originating from agriculture, forestry and horticulture
3) analytics and specialist duties related to the quality of seeds and seed potatoes
4) analytics and specialist duties related to the quality of cereal usage and intervention cereals and to the baking quality of wheat varieties

Production Animal and Wildlife Health Research Unit

Sections:

  • Fish
  • Seinäjoki Laboratory
  • Productions Animals
  • Wildlife and Laboratory

 

The duties of the research unit are:
1) developing health care of production animals, deer and cultivated fish, and expert duties related to health care
2) expert duties related to the health and disease prevention of production animals, deer and cultivated fish
3) expert duties related to the health of wildlife and in particular to the prevention of zoonotic diseases
4) the pathological, parasitological and microbiological diagnostics of animal diseases and zoonoses

Risk Assessment Research Unit

Sections:

  • food safety
  • animal diseases and plant health

 

The duties of the research unit are:
1) production of risk assessments in the domain of Evira for use in Finland and internationally concerning the economic and safety implications of animal diseases, plant health and food safety
2) risk assessment according to internationally accepted principles, applying risk assessment models and developing new methods
3) production of independent information on risks, and reports contributing to risk assessment decision-making and to the planning of control

Veterinary Bacteriology Research Unit

Sections:

  • Kuopio laboratory
  • Helsinki laboratory

 

The duties of the research unit are:
1) diagnostics and monitoring of bacteriological animal diseases and zoonoses
2) specialist duties and infection epidemiology related to bacteriological animal diseases and zoonoses
3) coordination and development of the area of veterinary bacteriology at Evira
4) regional pathological and parasitological diagnostics and monitoring of animal diseases and zoonoses

Veterinary Virology Research Unit

Sections:

  • poultry, wildlife and laboratory animals
  • biungulate animals
  • TSE, fish and cell culture

 

The duties of the research unit are:
1) diagnostics and monitoring of virus and prion diseases in animals
2) coordination and development of diagnostics of virus and prion diseases in animals 3) infection epidemiology and specialist duties related to virus and prion diseases in animals
4) specialist duties related to animal vaccines