Mistra Biotech

Biotechnology for Sustainable and Competitive Agriculture and Food Systems

In years to come, food production will need to combine higher yields with reduced environmental impact and natural resource use. This programme takes a comprehensive approach to biotechnology in farming and food production. Aims include reducing the need for fertilisers, increasing resistance to disease, and ensuring that innovations meet high ethical and safety standards.


  • Duration: 2012–2019
  • Mistra funding: SEK 94 million
  • Host: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Events during the year
  • The programme arranged a meeting at the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry in April on biotechnology for sustainability in agriculture, which was also recorded for the Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company’s schools website.

  • Dennis Eriksson, one of the programme’s researchers, completed a nine-month stay as a Mistra Fellow at the European Plant Science Organisation in Brussels.

  • A major study was completed on the environmental effects of nitrogen-efficient crops, which could reduce both eutrophication and greenhouse gas emissions.