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New head of research unit regarding minor use pesticides

Peter Hartvig has been appointed head of the research unit in minor uses in the Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University’s research centre AU Flakkebjerg.

[Translate to English:] Peter Hartvig er ny forsøgsleder i Institut for Agroøkologi. Foto: Janne Hansen

With effect from 1 February 2016 Peter Hartvig is employed in a newly established position as head of the research unit regarding pesticides and growth regulators in minor use crops in the Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University in Flakkebjerg. The 54-year-old Peter Hartvig will lead the experiments regarding protection against fungi, weeds, and insects as well as trials with growth regulators in non-agricultural crops, which include vegetables, fruits, berries, Christmas trees, garden seeds and greenhouse plants – the so-called minor uses.


Peter Hartvig, who is a crop research technician and has an Academy Profession degree in commerce, has been employed in the Department of Agroecology since 1990 and has been responsible for the weed experiments in minor uses at AU Flakkebjerg.


A desire to be more in touch with the practical aspect and advisory service led to Peter Hartvig taking a detour as a vegetable consultant in the horticultural advisory service GartneriRådgivningen from 1 January 2015 to 31 January 2016. Parallel to his work as an adviser he continued having responsibility for the weed experiments in minor uses at AU Flakkebjerg.


Besides the studies in weeds in minor uses, Peter Hartvig can now add experiments with pests, diseases and growth regulator in minor uses as well as insecticides in agricultural crops to his portfolio. Together with Klaus Paaske he has in the course of his 25 years working in this area built up a strong network within the industry, including with breeders, advisers, agrochemical companies and interest groups.


Peter Hartvig will succeed Klaus Paaske, who has chosen to retire with effect from 30 April 2016. The policy support tasks in the horticultural area, which Klaus Paaske has also been responsible for, will be taken over by others in the Department of Agroecology.


- Establishment of this new position sends a signal to our stakeholders that we are investing heavily in this area. We will not only sustain Klaus Paaske’s and my efforts but also aim to increase them. I would like to raise the bar and expand the project portfolio. We are therefore at the present applying for funds for a large research project as part of acquiring more volume and clout in the area. If we can increase the number of multiannual projects, it would give us more stability and allow us to plan and organise several years ahead, says Peter Hartvig, who is convinced that challenges lie in wait for him:


- It will be a huge task to continue the legacy of Klaus Paaske. He is very reputable in the industry and a great capacity in his area. Fortunately, I have a skilled and committed team of experienced technicians. That is a prerequisite for making things work, says Peter Hartvig.


Head of Department Erik Steen Kristensen is pleased that the new position is filled because it has strategic importance for the department.


- The employment of Peter Hartvig is part of our ambition to expand and strengthen our activities within minor uses. In the near future we will also hire a senior adviser and more staff in the field to perform tasks regarding minor uses. These steps will also strengthen one of our special areas of competence, namely Sustainable Pest Management, states Head of Department Erik Steen Kristensen.  


For more information please contact:

Head of research unit Peter Hartvig, Department of Agroecology, e-mail: peter.hartvig@agro.au.dk, telephone: +45 8715 8203, mobile: +45 2228 3301


Head of Department Erik Steen Kristensen, Department of Agroecology, e-mail: erik@agro.au.dk, telephone: +45 8715 7775, mobile: +45 2091 0371



Sustainable Pest Management is one of the areas in which the Department of Agroecology is particularly strong and from which results are delivered in line with national and global challenges and goals.