46. TEAM BUILDING ON THE WEB: AN OVERVIEW OF COUPLING COST- BENEFIT AND ENVIRONMENTAL RISK ASSESSMENT MODELS. F. R. Hall, Laboratory for Pest Control Application Technology, The Ohio State University, Wooster, OH 44691.
Improved risk information content and clarity to pesticide uses and policy makers should enhance planning skills, benefit the policy and decision-making agenda, help defuse the current climate of crisis surrounding the use of pesticides and aid the transition towards more efficient pesticide use patterns. Pesticide use and delivery information from scarce and declining global multidisciplinary sources represent complex and expensive information. New web site linkages of these scarce global resources to promote research collaboration, data merging/sharing and building of research teams using web sites, lists, discussion groups and an overall DB sharing is discussed. This overview also discusses the range of simple lists and DB's to the more complex cost-benefit and environmental DS models. Coupling this wide array of interacting data into a meaningful DS format is a critical step for ease of strategy assessment as well as tactical implementation and the building of successful global partnerships to enhance the use efficiency of crop protection agents in agriculture.