Scientific research 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, 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.
Microbiological food safety
- bacterial zoonoses
- food-borne parasitic zoonoses
- antimicrobial resistance
Chemical food safety and nutrition
- contaminants in food
- genetic engineering and nanomaterials
- nutritional content
- food improvers
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 nd 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.
- virus infections that are of national importance and threaten Finland
- animal health care and welfare (including parasitology)
- bacterial infections in animals, especially bacteria transmitted via food products, and antibiotic resistance related to the treatment of such infections
- diseases in wild, corralled and farmed animals
Plant production and plant health research outline
Scientific research focuses on research into plant production conditions and plant health and on scientific risk assessment related to plant health. This activity will focus on the main pests of key economic significance to Finland.
- dangeorus pests (plant diseases and pests)
To ensure the availability of research data related to the prerequisites for plant production and plant health, the organisation cooperates actively with domestic and international research organisations. Such research is targeted at research projects considered important in terms of the organisation's focus areas.