The institute is a competent service provider and network partner, especially for the Federal Office for Food Safety (BAES), for enforcing the Fertiliser Act, the Seed Act (variety classification), the Plant Variety Protection Act, the Planting Material Act, the Plant Protection Act, and the relevant European and international regulations.
The institute makes a significant contribution to food safety and food security, as well as resource security and safeguards Austria’s competitiveness in sustainable plant production through top-quality agricultural production, biodiversity and healthy plants, among other things.
The Institute for Sustainable Plant Production bundles competences in the fields soil, fertilisation, plant variety, plant health and experimentation, thus, generating practice-oriented solutions which represent value-added for the Austrian agricultural sector. The aforementioned fields also provide several commercial services (soil and fertiliser analysis, examinations of plant samples, greenhouse and outdoor experiments, fertilisation recommendations, etc.).
We participate actively in national and international research projects that deal with crop farming, integrated plant protection, climate change and soil, which in turn helps develop our expertise on an ongoing basis and provides findings for general public benefit. Our top priorities are the publication and dissemination of research results.
Soil Health and Plant Nutrition
Healthy Plants in Arable Crops and Horticulture
Plant Health in Fruit Crops, Viticulture and Special Crops
Molecular Diagnostics of Plant Diseases
Field Trials and Experimental Facilities