Horticulture and urban greening

Horticulture and urban greening

Bioforsk West conducts research and development in the field of horticulture and urban greening. This activity is designed to cover the need for knowledge among administrative authorities, the business sector and consumers in regard to issues concerning the environment, production technology and product quality. The research centre is situated at Særheim and focuses primarily on horticulture and greening, often in collaboration with other Bioforsk units - particularly those located at Apelsvoll and Kvithamar.

Horticultural production

R&D activities in this area are primarily linked to the cultivation of plants in controlled environments, particularly the cultivation of vegetables and berries in greenhouses. The tasks in this field cover the full range of activities ‘from farm to table': from type testing, through cultivation systems and plant nutrition, to product treatment and quality.

Urban greening

Today, almost 80 per cent of the Norwegian population lives in towns and built-up areas. For a number of people, parks, urban green spaces and other outdoor areas are increasingly important to maintain a good quality of life, and also to maintain good health and a general well-being.

Seeing as potential green spaces are put under a lot of pressure in urban areas, high demands are made on how these urban green spaces are designed, especially as far as usefulness and aesthetic qualities are concerned. It is also important that development and maintenance costs are kept to a minimum.


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Svein Grimstad

Head of Research Center