The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) was established 1 July 2015 and is one of Norway’s largest research institutes. NIBIO’s activities lie within agriculture, food, climate and the environment. The Institute conducts research and management support, and provides knowledge for use in national preparedness, governmental and district management, industry, and the society at large. NIBIO has approximately 700 employees present in all parts of the country. Its main office is located at Ås in Akershus. NIBIO is owned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
The Division of Biotechnology and Plant Health has Norway’s core scientific expertise in plant and forest health serving agriculture, forestry, government and the general public. The division is using biotechnology to diagnose, map and combat plant diseases, pests and weeds. Other key areas of expertise include pesticide and natural substance chemistry, genetics, aquatic and terrestrial bioprospecting, macroalgae, and non-food plants.