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Plant Biologicals Network

The Plant Biologicals Network has been formed by a number of key players in Southern Scandinavia with the purpose of facilitating knowledge exchange on research, innovation, regulation, and education within the field of plant biologicals. Additionally the network aims at creating awareness on the future for these promising new technologies.

Southern Scandinavia houses a number of leading academic institutions prominent in this area of research as well as headquarters or R&D activities for a number of commercial players. The region has the preconditions to become a globally significant technology hub within the development of plant biologicals.
Our overall purpose is to make sure biologicals is a part of the world communities focus on how the agro industry can adapt to the societal challenges and boundaries within environment and food. The network contribution to this is in relation to agricultural production and the environment by generating new business opportunities, improving agricultural production through knowledge exchanges, and by attracting talent to a growing business area.

Plant Biologicals Network Annual Report 2019-2020.

Plant Biologicals Network Annual Report 2018-2019.


The network is organized as a non-profit membership-based collaboration. It is led by a steering committee, and the General Meeting for all partners is the highest authority of the network. The network secretariat is locatedd at the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.

The founding partners constitute the core members: Bayer, FMC, Chr Hansen, Danish Agriculture & Food Council, Danish Technological Institute, Novozymes, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, University of Copenhagen and Aarhus Universit. Together with the ordinary members they comprise the Plant Biological Network as a cross institutional collaboration within the area of plant biologicals.

Read the bylaws for the Plant Biologicals Network.


The network is open for including new members. If you wish to apply for membership of the network, please send a motivation letter to Network Coordinator Lene Rasmussen lras@plen.ku.dk. The motivation letter should address how your organization lives up to the purpose of the network (Bylaws § 2) and how it fits with the membership criteria (Bylaws § 6.1) .

The core members (the founding members) each contribute with 50.000-60.000 DKK yearly to the network budget.

The yearly membership fees for ordinary members are based on the amount of employees working with plant production in the organization:

  • Companies with 1-50 employees working with plant production – 3000 DKK
  • Companies with 50-250 employees working with plant production – 15.000 DKK
  • Companies with over 250 employees working with plant production – 30.000 DKK
  • Public institution or GTS institution with under 250 employees working with plant production – 10.000 DKK
  • Public institution or GTS institution with over 250 employees working with plant production – 25.000 DKK

What are Plant Biologicals?

Plant Biologicals are naturally derived products that can serve as biostimulants, biocontrol agents, resistance inducers or biofertilizers. They derive from naturally occurring microorganisms, plant extracts or other organic matter. They include:

  • macrobials (predators and parasitoids: e.g. mites, spiders, bugs, lady beetles and wasps)
  • microbials (bacteria, fungi, oomycetes and vira)
  • biologically derived products (plant extracts, lipopeptides and proteins

Plant Biologicals can, among other things, lead to growth increase in the plant, disease control, soil health improvement, and enhancement of plant nutrient uptake.