Health for humans, animals & plants

AGES Food Security

Our four institutes in Vienna and Linz examine, assess and evaluate soils, varieties, seeds and planting material including plant genetic resources, feed, premixes and additives, fertilizers, soil additives, growing media and plant aids, plant protection products, phytosanitary harmful organisms and goods according to the Marketing Standards Act with regard to risks and quality.

80.300
Samples
19.100
Expert opinions/notices
90
Research projects
Geschäftsfeldleitung Charlotte Leonhardt

The aim of our division is to provide impeccable agricultural inputs, flawless feed and fertile soils to safeguard food security and ensure the competitiveness of agricultural production in Austria.

DI Charlotte Leonhardt, Leitung

Our tasks

  • Operational activities for the Federal Office for Food Safety (BAES) for the enforcement of the following material laws: Seed Act, Planting Material Act, Plant Variety Protection Act, Plant Protection Products Act, Plant Protection Act, Animal Feed Act, Fertilizer Act, Marketing Standards Act
  • Investigation, appraisal and risk assessment of
    • Seed and planting material including plant genetic resources
    • Varieties
    • Feedstuffs, premixes and additives
    • soils, fertilizers, soil additives, growing media and plant aids
    • phytosanitary pests and plant diseases
    • plant protection products
    • goods under the Marketing Standards Act and the fight against illegal fishing under the IUU (Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated) Fisheries Ordinance
    • Bees and honey
  • Running reference laboratories
  • Agricultural experimentation
  • Production of cannabis for the manufacture of medicines
  • Conservation of plant genetic resources
  • Consulting activity
  • Private sector research
  • Participation in national and international committees
  • Research
  • Method development

Our institutes

Institute for Sustainable Plant Production

Our focus areas

  • Food security and food safety (Food Security)
  • Raw material security
    • Ensuring the competitiveness of sustainable crop production
    • Creation of practical solutions, especially for the "agriculture" sector
    • Offering private-sector services (soil and fertilizer analyses, examination of plant samples, greenhouse and field trials, fertilization recommendations, etc.)
  • Research on crop production, integrated pest management, climate change and soil

Reference laboratories

Institute for Plant Protection Products

Our focus

  • Risk assessment of plant protection products on national level
  • Risk assessment of plant protection product active substances on EU level
  • Support of the national monitoring authority (Federal Office for Food Safety)
  • Cooperation with national and international organizations, working groups and committees
  • Collaboration in the preparation of guidance documents, legal standards, EC directives and regulations as well as OECD guidelines in the field of plant protection products
  • Collaboration in the preparation of guidelines on integrated crop production and plant protection
  • Technical advice to authorities and ministries

Institute for Seed and Propagating Material, Phytosanitary Service and Apiculture

Our focus

  • Support of national authorities in the implementation of the seed law including the GMO seed law
  • Applied research within national and international research projects on
    • Beekeeping and bee protection
    • Seed and planting material (e.g. new breeding techniques)
    • Plant protection
    • Plant genetic resources
  • Monitoring the GMO-free status of seeds in Austria
  • Management of the organic database for plant propagation material
  • Private-sector services such as information databases on plant genetic resources, pollen and organic seed; studies of seed and planting material, bee health and bee products; expert opinions

Institute for Animal Nutrition and Feed

Our main focus

  • Answering technical and legal questions within the scope of the national and European feed law, the Marketing Standards Act and the IUU Fisheries Regulation
  • Expert opinion and risk assessment in the course of the enforcement of the Feed Law, the Marketing Standards Act and the IUU Fisheries Regulation
  • Administrative support in the registration of feed businesses on behalf of the Federal Office for Food Security
  • Technical trainings
  • Analytical tests in an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory and assessment of analytical results
  • Organization of interlaboratory tests
  • Certification of feedstuffs within the framework of Pastus+ of AMA Marketing
  • Issue of certificates, in particular for the marketability of feedstuffs

National Reference Laboratory

Contact

Leitung

DI Charlotte Leonhardt

Leitung

Mag. Bernhard Föger

Leitung

Dr. Patrick Breinhölder

Leitung

DI Andreas Ratzenböck

Leitung

DI Irmengard Strnad

Special topics of the Institute for Sustainable Plant Production

pflanzengesundheit@ages.at bodengesundheit@ages.at duengemittel@ages.at sortenwesen@ages.at versuchswesen@ages.at

Specialized topics of the Institute for Plant Protection Products

pflanzenschutzmittel@ages.at pflanzenschutzmittelkontrolle@ages.at betriebsregisterpsm@ages.at

Specialized topics of the Institute for Seeds and Plants, Plant Protection Service and Bees

saatgut@ages.at bienen@ages.at genetische.ressourcen@ages.at registerpruefung@ages.at kartoffelpflanzgut@ages.at pflanzenschutzdienst@ages.at pflanzgut@ages.at

Specialized topics of the Institute of Animal Nutrition and Feed:

futtermittel@ages.at vermarktungsnormen@ages.at

Last updated: 15.02.2022

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