PRI is part of the team led by the IPM Institute of North America and Oregon State University’s Integrated Plant Protection Center that is developing a new tool for farmers—the Pesticide Risk Mitigation Engine—that will enable them to select the least-toxic pesticide for their particular local environment. Risk indices for aquatic species (fish, invertebrates, algae), terrestrial wildlife (birds, small mammals), and humans (worker re-entry for dermal exposure, inhalation for bystanders, dietary) provide information on anticipated pesticide exposure and risk from agricultural use. PRI developed the worker cancer index, dietary cancer index, inhalation and dermal risk indices for the PRiME tool.
Due to the growth in interest in PRiME and the broad scope of potential users, the Integrated Plant Protection Center at Oregon State University and the IPM Institute decided to each lead efforts to address the needs of specific sectors. Oregon State predominantly focuses on meeting the needs of the public sector, including governments and agencies and Extension delivery to farmers and is online at ipmPRiME.org. The IPM Institute runs ipmPRiME.com to primarily focus on applications for food industry supply chains and other commercial sector uses.
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