Invertebrate Pests and Beneficials
NIBIO has the most comprehensive knowledge of pests, such as insects, mites and snails, in Norway. We perform research, development and innovation work relating to monitoring, understanding the biology and controlling pests in agriculture, forestry, nurseries, Christmas tree farms and green spaces.
The current focus areas within our work include:
- Identification of pests and beneficial organisms
- Biology, ecology and control of pests
- Monitoring of pests in forests
- Interaction between plant pests and their natural predators
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM), including: preparing warning models, using sensors for accurate control and warning, tackling pesticide resistance
- Alternative control methods, including: biotechnical control (via semiochemicals, for example), biological control, physical control and preventive measures
- Agronomic testing of chemical and biological pesticides
- Quarantine pests and non-native invasive species
- Use of organism-specific expertise beyond traditional pest management, including activities relating to biodiversity, vectors, pollination ecology, bioactive compounds and insects as a protein source
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.