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Centre for Plant Research in Controlled Climate

Centre for Plant Research in Controlled Climate (SKP; short NO) is a specialised national centre that offers research infrastructure for plant research. Our highly competent technicians assist in trial planning and finding the right technical solutions.

We offer climate regulated facilities i.e:

  • Greenhouses
  • Phytotrons
  • Climate rooms
  • Approved GMO facilities
  • Refrigerator- and freezer rooms
  • Arable land, both organic and conventional.

  • SKP was established in 1995, as a joint facility for NMBU and NIBIO. We aim to offer optimised facilities, equipment and services for education and research at an international level to researchers internally at NMBU, NIBIO and other R&D institutions, as well as to commercial businesses.

    SKP’s operates, develops and provides infrastructure to researchers as a pay-per-use service. 

    Research in plant, soil, environment and technology

    The activity is primarily aimed at plant research, but research on soil, environment and technology research can also be carried out here.

    SKP can offer services in climate regulated facilities (i.e. greenhouses, phytotrons, climate rooms, approved GMO facilities, refrigerator- and freezer rooms), and arable land (ecological and conventional areas at Vollebekk research farm).

    Customised trials

    We provide more than 200 small and large climate regulated units with associated service facilities.

    SKP can customise facilities for your specific needs. At Vollebekk research farm we can provide 45 ha of arable land, of which approximately 5 ha is an organic area (Debio-approved), which can be used for various trials on grain, grass and other open field crops. SKP operates the irrigation system on NMBU, which provides security and stability in drought seasons.

    Specialised competence

    Good and close collaboration with researchers is important to us. We have a highly competent and skilled staff that can help you plan the technical solutions for your trials within the correct financial framework. As a security for all clients performing research trials in our facilities, SKP has a 24-hour on-call duty.

  • Kirkeveien 16
    Postboks 5003
    1433 Ås
    Tel: 468 86 773

    Tel: Tecnical guard 970 94 576

  • Booking:


    All SKP facilities and services are priced according to our price list. Prices are adjusted annually according to the consumer price index. Come by or contact us at to get an estimate of the costs of your experiment.

  • During an experiment, a door poster with updated information must always be posted on the door. This applies in greenhouses, climate rooms, growth chambers, cold rooms, freezer rooms etc. The poster must provide sufficient information about the experiment and contact information for those responsible for the experiment. The user is responsible for filling out the door poster and update the information if needed. The poster is an important tool for the staff in order to make sure the experiment is running as planned. At the end of the experiment, the door poster must be taken down.