Seed production and grass for green areas
Norway has 150 golf courses, 2,000 football pitches and half a million acres of grass-covered green areas - along with 600 farmers for whom seed production forms a key part of their income. The Bioforsk ‘Section for seed production and grass for green areas' works with grass and clover of all kinds: from grass for golf greens that has to be kept cut at 3 mm, to banks of reeds that can grow to heights of two metres or more.
Vegetables and herbs
Our vegetables and herbs unit provides expertise in a wide range of topics, from cropping systems, plant nutrition, cultivar selection and plant protection, to bioactive compounds, health effects, taste and product quality.
The section for cereal grains and oil- and protein crops is a strong professional unit, with advanced skills in areas, such as type selection, quality and cultivation technology in agriculture. Through Fagforum Korn (the Grain Forum), we work closely with the Norwegian Agricultural Extension Service (Norsk Landbruksrådgjeving) in the areas of field trials and dissemination of information.
Fruits and berries
This area is divided into two specialist groups: fruit and berries. Both these groups are based at the Ullensvang Research Centre. The tasks of this division comprise professional issues in all areas of the value chain, from establishing fruit and berry fields, through cultivation and harvesting, to storage and sale.
The mountain region in southern Norway covers around 20 per cent of the country. No other part of the country has such a large proportion of its population employed in agriculture and tourism. The area covers approximately 15 per cent of the country´s forage crop area and has in addition, large areas for mountain range grazing.
The Potato section is a highly professional unit with broad expertise concerning the quality of potatoes for various end-uses. The main areas of focus consist of cultivar selection, plant nutrition, potato maturity factors and effects of potato storage.