As the world's second largest economy, China is a priority partner for Norwegian research according to the Norwegian Government's China Strategy of 2007, which identified research as a priority area in the cooperation between Norway and China. A new bilateral agreement between Norway and China on research and technology was signed in 2008 (The Research Council of Norway) and a new China program was launched in 2008-2017: 200 mill NOK for a 10-year period.


Project Description Research area Location
Forest in south China: An important sink for reactive nitrogen and a regional hotspot for N2O?

Project goals: To assess whether South China is a regional hot spot for the emission of N2O due to long-term high deposition of reactive nitrogen, and to characterize the underlying microbial processes by state-of-the-art molecular methods to understand how N-removal and N2O emissions are regulated by soil physical and chemical factors in forest soils in southern China.

Soil, water and environment China
N2O emissions from an N saturated subtropical forest in South China

The overall goal of the project is to estimate N2O emission rates in humid sub-tropical south China and to understand the environmental controls at a watershed level.

Soil, water and environment China
Fertilizer technologies for reduced N2O emission from food production

The aim of the project is to explore options to minimize N2O emissions from food production, be it by development of new fertilizer formulations/fertilizer regimes or alternative soil managements.

Cereal grains, potatoes and vegetables China
Hybrid rice production and IPM

With the superior in yield, hybrid rice has lifted millions of millions people out of poverty in China. Currently, hybrid rice cultivation has reach 30 million ha in China and also grown in many other countries in Asia and America. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is very important for reducing the application of agrochemicals and limiting the soil and water pollution. This is a research area Bioforsk will contribute to the hybrid rice institute for the future IPM in hybrid rice production in China.

Plant health and Plant protection China
Sino-Norwegian key technology on remediation of black soil erosion

Establishment of erosive black soil remedy mode to enhance crop productivity and protect the fertility of black soil by Bioforsk-HAAS bilateral research collaboration.

This is a bilateral collaborative project between Bioforsk Soil and Environment Division and Soil and Fertilizer Institute at HAAS. The funding agent is the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in China. The project is approved by MOST but project has not officially started yet.

The project’s overall objective is to protect the fertile black soil and secure a sustainable agricultural development with joint efforts from Bioforsk and HAAS.

Soil, water and environment China
Effective surveillance and control of potato soil-borne pathogens and pests

China is the largest potato producer in the world. This is a bilateral project financed by MOST in China for research collaboration on main potato soil-borne pathogens and pests which affect potato yield and tube quality, Effective surveillance and control system of soil-borne pathogens and pests are of importance for potato production in China and Norway.


Plant health and Plant protection China
HAAS-Bioforsk Joint Research Centre

Heilongjiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences (HAAS) and Bioforsk recognize that we are facing the common challenges in food security and climate change. Sino-Norwegian Low Carbon Agriculture sustainable Development Research Centre (hereafter called “Joint Research Centre”) was established in September 7, 2011 for facilitating and promoting bilateral collaboration between HAAS and Bioforsk. Under this JRC, two open laboratories on potato research and environment and fertilizer were established at the same time.

Plant health and Plant protection China

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For more information, please contact

jihong liu clarke

Research scientist