Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research
Bioforsk conducts applied and specifically targeted research linked to multifunctional agriculture and rural development, plant sciences, environmental protection and natural resource management. International collaboration is given high priority.
The development of a multifunctional and sustainable Norwegian agriculture, including rural development represents the framework of our agricultural research. Our Research and Development activities (R&D) are aimed at enhancing viable farming based on the diverse agro-ecological conditions, and on the potentials of the agriculture and horticulture crops grown in Norway. Modern field trial and greenhouse facilities are important parts of our research capacity. Food security and safety are the overall objectives in our agricultural research projects. Our R&D activities are directed towards end-users, such as the agro-industry and extension services, as well as policy support at regional and national levels.
Plant science constitutes Bioforsk’s core competence. Understanding the basic processes in plants, and knowledge of pests, diseases and weeds, is required to develop good plant protection strategies. The fundamentals of plant biosynthesis are of major importance to produce plants for defined purposes. Plant biotechnology is needed to understand the basic processes in plants, how they are controlled and how they can be altered.
Soil, water and wastes, and terrestrial ecosystem processes, represent the overall framework of our environmental R&D activities. Our approach is targeted towards research on processes in terrestrial ecosystems, new technologies for remedial measures and adaptations, and monitoring systems for policy support. Integration of research and science, together with consultancy services, gives a multidisciplinary platform ensuring relevance for end-users and stakeholders.
Northern Norway’s rural areas can develop high-quality products based on the unique nature and culture of the region. The Bioforsk Arctic Agriculture and Land Use Division contributes to this through knowledge development, networking and innovation support.
Bioforsk conduct research on antioxidants in wild berries, meat quality of lambs on natural pastures, vigour of northern seed potatoes, nutrient uptake in organic vegetables and numerous other areas. Non-cultivated areas – vulnerable natural resources with a considerable recreational value.
The resources in non-cultivated areas could be commercially utilized to a greater extent. There is a potential for developing both products and services. Human use of nature, however, affects biodiversity and other environmental qualities. Know-how and documentation are necessary for the development of policies and practical solutions. We work on challenges such as management of freshwater fisheries, predators in grazing areas, revegetation of non-cultivated areas and sustainable business development in nature reserves.
The Bioforsk Arctic Agriculture and Land Use Division by Scientist Christian Uhlig is involved as a scientific partner in the B-Team project. Revegetation of non-cultivated areas to maintain biodiversity and possibility for land use and sustainable business development is one of our fields of activity. Our contribution to the B-Team project is supervising of 2 city-partners especially with our expertise in dealing areas polluted by heavy metals. These cities are Oulu (Finland) and Ruda Śląska (Poland).