Research infrastructure

The AGES research infrastructure comprises more than 85 reference laboratories and reference centers, two L3 labs and one L3+ laboratory, test stations in four climate regions, two research glass houses, as well as numerous public/official registers, directories and collections

National reference laboratories (according to EU control regulations 882/2004), reference centers and official laboratories

Business Area Food Safety

  • National Reference Laboratory for milk and dairy products
  • National Reference Laboratory for the monitoring of marine bio toxins
  • National reference laboratory for the monitoring of viruses and bacteria in two-layered soft tissues
  • National reference laboratories for residues of veterinary medicinal products and contaminants in foodstuffs of animal origin (also in the field of food security)
  • National reference laboratory for genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  • National reference laboratory for food contact materials
  • National reference laboratory for pesticide residues
  • National Reference Laboratory for mycotoxins
  • National Reference Laboratory for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)

Business Area Food Security

  • National Reference Laboratory for animal proteins in feed
  • National reference laboratories for residues of veterinary medicinal products and contaminants in food of animal origin (also in the field of food safety)
  • National reference laboratories for additives for use in animal nutrition
  • National reference laboratories for heavy metals
  • National reference laboratory for the monitoring of water content in poultry meat according to Regulation (EC) no. 433/2006
  • National Reference Laboratory for bees diseases
  • National reference laboratory for phytosanitary quarantine diseases
  • State laboratory for fertilizers
  • State laboratory for potato testing
  • State laboratory for cultivating potatoes (PAGE)
  • ISTA member laboratory for seed (ATDL03)
  • State laboratory for the CPVO-recognized testing office for DUS testing

Business Area Animal Health

  • National Reference Laboratory for parasites (especially trichinae, echinococcus and anisakis)
  • National Reference Laboratory for transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE)
  • National Reference Laboratory for infectious porcine viral encephalomyelitis
  • National reference laboratory for african horse sickness
  • National Reference Laboratory for african swine Fever
  • National Reference Laboratory for aujeszky's disease
  • National Reference Laboratory for avian influenza
  • National reference laboratory for dysentery
  • National reference laboratory for bluetongue disease
  • National Reference Laboratory for brucellosis
  • National reference center for brucellosis
  • National Reference Laboratory for BVD / MD bovine virus diarrhea / mucosal disease
  • National Reference Laboratory for enzootic bovine leucosis
  • National reference laboratory for infectious anemia of solipeds
  • National reference laboratory for infectious bovine rhinotracheitis / infectious pustular vulvovaginitis
  • National Reference Laboratory for classical swine fever
  • National Reference Laboratory for lumpy skin disease
  • National Reference Laboratory for Lung Diseases
  • National reference laboratory for foot-and-mouth disease
  • National Reference Laboratory for newcastle disease
  • National Reference Laboratory for paratuberculosis
  • National reference laboratory for pests for small ruminants
  • National reference laboratory for equine encephalomyelitis
  • National Reference Laboratory for psittacosis
  • National Reference Laboratory for rift valley fever
  • National Reference Laboratory for rinderpest
  • National Reference Laboratory for bovine tuberculosis
  • National Reference Laboratory for malleus
  • National reference laboratory for sheep and goat pox
  • National reference laboratory for rabies
  • National Reference Laboratory for vesicular stomatitis
  • National reference laboratory for vesicular virus infections of pigs

Business Area Public Health

  • National reference laboratory for carrying out analyzes and tests on zoonoses (Salmonella)
  • National Reference Laboratory for Listeria
  • National reference laboratory for coagulase-positive Staphylococci, including Staphylococcus aureus
  • National Reference Laboratory for E. coli including verotoxin-forming E. coli (VTEC)
  • National Reference Laboratory for Campylobacter
  • National Reference Laboratory for antibiotic resistance
  • National reference center for botulism
  • National Reference Center for Campylobacter
  • National Reference Center for Meningococcus, Pneumococcus and Haemophilus influenzae
  • National reference center for noroviruses
  • National reference center for pneumococci
  • National reference center for salmonellosis
  • National reference center for shigellosis
  • National Reference Center for Escherichia coli including verotoxin-forming E. coli (VTEC)
  • National reference center for yersiniosis
  • National reference center for cholera
  • National Reference Center for Clostridium difficile
  • National reference center for diphtheria laboratory
  • National Reference Center for influenza surveillance
  • National reference center for legionellosis
  • National reference center for listeriosis
  • National reference center for polio
  • National reference center for tuberculosis
  • National Reference Center for pest
  • National reference center for gonococci

Business Unit Radiation Protection

  • State radioactivity measuring laboratory WSP
  • State radioactivity measuring laboratory GB8
  • State radioactivity measurement laboratory ITE
  • State radioactivity measuring laboratory LWN
  • Accredited dose monitoring site WSP
  • Accredited dose monitoring site LWN

Medical Market Surveillance

  • Austrian Medicines Control Laboratory (OMCL)

Reference stations, research glasshouses and (high-security) laboratories

Field experiments

Reference stations in 4 climate regions with a total of 33,000 test cell

Lysimeter Station


Research greenhouses

Two research glass houses with: 

a total of 3,500m² 
84 autonomous compartments (from cabins with pitches from 6.7 m² to compartments with 50 m² of floor space)
a vascular research Stationsix quarantine cabins

two phytotrones
soil house
roll house

Laboratories and high-security labs

540 laboratories on 13,843.1 m2 total floor area - of which:
• two L3  -laboratories
• one L3+ -laboratory

Public / official registers, directories, collections

  • Proprietary medicinal products register
  • Medical Register
  • Fertilizer Register
  • Marketing of fertilizers
  • Register of registered and approved feed companies
  • National list of plant genetic resources in Austria
  • Pesticides Register
  • Plant protection
  • List of Austrian varieties
  • Standard sample of approved varieties
  • Austrian descriptive varieties
  • Register of the producers' organizations and of the beneficiaries for standard seed
  • Register for seed mixtures
  • Austrian register of varieties
  • Authorized companies for the control of conformity of exports of fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Organic seed database
  • AGES medicinal herbs and spices collection
  • ECPGR phaseolus database
  • ECPGR vigna database
  • Reference collection for phytosanitary quarantine diseases
  • Reference collection arthropods
  • Reference collection nematodes
  • Cryptogam collection
  • Collection of bryophytes
  • Collection of phanerogames
  • Collection of algae

  • Variety of microorganisms from national reference laboratories/Centers