Faggruppe for plantebiologi, bærekraftige matsystemer og integrert plantevern

The group works towards an efficient and sustainable production of plants based on basic knowledge in plant biology and integrated plant protection, and an interdisciplinary approach to agroecological systems that link agriculture to nature and society. In addition, the group aims to improve the understanding of the regulation of plant growth and development in general, particularly with respect to the interaction between plants and climatic and environmental conditions.

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We aim to understand plants' growth and development and their responses to climate and other environmental conditions, different cultivation methods and different types of stress through mapping of how the environmental factors affect the plants' genes and metabolism.

We are also working on how this knowledge can be used in practical production of plants for food and feed, ornamentals and young plants for forestry that are grown in open fields, in greenhouses and other climate-adapted measures such as tunnels. We also focus on quality characteristics in crops such as vegetables and potatoes, fruit, and berries, and how these are affected by genetics, cultivation techniques and environmental factors. In this context, we also seek to understand the interaction between various pests such as fungi, viruses, bacteria, pests, the plants and the surrounding environment, as well as what we can do to reduce damage effects and the extent of pests in the production of food plants.

Furthermore, we work interdisciplinary to link agriculture to nature and society. Analysis and improvement of agroecosystems require an understanding of both natural and culture-related phenomena in the entire food system. An overall goal is a sustainable production of food plants in food systems based on a circular bioeconomy and adapted to future challenges. In this context, research linked to the students' learning and development of action skills in their collaboration with a wide range of actors in different parts of society is central.

  • Our teaching covers a wide range of subjects within plant science. We have the main responsibility for courses at bachelor's and master's level in plant production, plant protection, plant physiology, biology, as well as the master's program in agroecology and urban agriculture. We also contribute expertise in NOVA courses and other courses given at other faculties at NMBU.

    For more information about our courses and course portfolio within the same topic, search the general subject codes below:

    • Plant production (PJH)
    • Plant Protection (PLV)
    • Plant Physiology (BOT)
    • Biology (BIO)
    • Agroecology (PAE)
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  • Leader:


    II-stillinger (10-50 prosent)

  • Scientific publications 2022

    Scientific publications 2022

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