NIBIO, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research

NIBIO is a non-profit national R&D institute under the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food, and is the main bioeconomy research institute in Norway. NIBIO is located at 18 different sites throughout Norway with main office in Ås. NIBIO has 692 employees (2/3 are researchers, 31.12.2017). NIBIO conducts both applied and basic research and is divided into five divisions: (1) Food Production and Society, (2) Forest and Forest Resources, (3) Biotechnology and Plant Health, (4) Environment and Natural Resources, (5) Geography and Statistics. Besides research and knowledge provisions to clients in Norway, NIBIO has a substantial international portfolio. NIBIO delivers research, managerial support and knowledge for use in national preparedness, as well as for businesses and society. NIBIO is heavily involved in developing the circular economy, through development of technology related to recycling organic wastes and wastewater aimed at recovering nutrients and energy. Composting, biogas production, utilization of compost and digestate and wastewater management are important
topics. Soil management and use of waste resources in various plant productions are important activities for consultant and applied research projects in NIBIO.

Through major own investments by partners NIBIO and NMBU, and with support from NorBioLab, Ås campus now has a large national facility for research on biogas production.

Contact: Roar Lingjerdet – roar.linjordet@nibio.no

NMBU, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) consists of seven faculties, located at Ås.  NMBU is a hub of expertise within life sciences, environmental sciences and in the arena of sustainable development.  NMBU’s  research and study programmes are enabling people all over the world to tackle the big, global challenges regarding the environment, sustainable development, how to improve human and animal health, renewable energy sources, food production, and land- and resource management.

The protein engineering and proteomics group (PEP): The PEP group is part of Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science and focuses on proteins and enzymes in a variety of contexts. Current research activities include: (1) Structure-function studies of biomass-converting enzymes and their accessory proteins and domains. (2) Applied enzymology for converting biomass to useful products; biorefining. (3) Biomass-degrading microbial communities; enzyme discovery. (4) Gene expression systems, protein secretion and surface proteomics in lactic acid bacteria.

Contact: Vincent Eijsink –  vincent.eijsink@nmbu.no

NorBioLab facilities at NIBIO/NMBU:

Fermentation reactor.
Reactor systems for enzymatic saccharification
Down-stream processing equipment
Dolly Biogas Reactor from Belach Bioteknik AB
940 Professional IC Vario from Metrohm