Pesticide Pollution

Pesticides are chemicals used to control weeds, plant pathogens and insect pests. Pesticides can also be a key source of environmental problems within an ecosystem.

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Testing transport of pesticides.
More about: Integrated Pest Management (IPM)


Our research activities focus on the degradation, sorption and transport of pesticides and their degradation products in the environment via laboratory and field trials. We also study industrial chemicals and bioactive natural substances.

Field trials that investigate pesticide fate in the environment and mitigation measures to reduce pesticide pollution form a key element of our activities. Field data is used to validate models and simulate the potential exposure concentrations of these substances and the resulting risks to health and the environment, based on site-specific information such as cultivation practices, climate, soil type and topography. Web-based end-user tools for pesticide risk assessment are developed to promote site specific assessment and enable the farmers in choosing pesticide strategies with the least environmental impact as part of their integrated pest management.

Research on the intersection between biotechnology and ecotoxicology is a focus area that is currently evolving.

Chemical analyzes are generally performed using modern instrumentation, and we continuously develop and optimize new and existing methods of analysis. Flexible accreditation and chemical analytical expertise facilitate the development of new methods and accredited analyses for research projects.

Our research-based teaching and guidance for students nationally and internationally at Master and PhD level, is mainly based on trials in the field, in laboratories and in greenhouses.



VIPS is an online forecast and information service for decision support in integrated management of pests, diseases and weeds. The Norwegian VIPS web is open and free of charge. By using VIPS as the common technological platform, researchers and developers can save time and resources when developing and implementing pest prediction models.

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Division of Biotechnology and Plant Health


Innovative approaches and technologies for Integrated Pest Management to increase sustainable food production.
Norway has implemented EU´s Directive on sustainable use of pesticides (2009/128/EC) which promotes the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and alternative approaches or techniques (IPM tools) to minimize pesticide use. There is a lack, however, of proven and practical IPM tools for farmers to use, as well as a relevant policy for a successful implementation of IPM. In SMARTCROP we aim to meet these challenges. The project is divided into 5 Work Packages (WPs) as presented below.

Finished Updated: 23.05.2019
End: dec 2018
Start: jan 2015
20140613 Kålproduksjon i Heia

Division of Biotechnology and Plant Health

LowImpact - ChiNor solutions for Low Impact climate smart vegetable production with reduced pesticide residues in food, soil and water resources

Biochar technologies show promise as tools for climate smart and environmentally friendly agricultural production, both as tools to improve soil quality and impact greenhouse gas emission from soils and to reduce pesticide pollution to the environment and pesticide residues in food. However, there is a lack of studies integrating these concerns and designing joint solutions.

Active Updated: 23.07.2021
End: jun 2022
Start: jan 2019