Division of Biotechnology and Plant Health

The Division of Biotechnology and Plant Health has Norway’s most comprehensive competence when it comes to plant health and plant protection in agriculture and forestry. Both commercial interests and public management benefit from this competence and knowledge.

Photo: Erling Fløistad
We have specialised competence within diagnostics, biology, mapping and control of plant disease organisms, pests and weeds. Furthermore, our fields of expertise include pesticide and natural products chemistry, genetics and biotechnology, aquatic and terrestrial bio prospecting, algae and  plants used for other purposes than food. 

The Division is commissioned by the Norwegian Food Safety Authority and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food within plant health issues. We are a national reference laboratory for pesticide analysis, plant toxins and plant pest organisms.  We also run a network of meteorological stations in agricultural areas in Norway, which primarily supplies data to NIBIOs projects, but also to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and other institutes.  The Division has a large project portfolio nationally and its international portfolio has had a steady increase over the most recent years. Our multi-national scientific staff is actively involved in numerous networks and international projects worldwide.

Most of the staff is located at Campus Ås, just outside Oslo. We have, however, also staff at Ullensvang and Bergen (on the Norwegian west coast), Steinkjer (middle part of Norway) and Bodø and Tromsø (northernmost parts of Norway). Finally, the Division has also associated prominent researchers at international research institutes in several countries in part time positions.