Photo: Maria del Pilar Castillo
This is RISE Agrifood and Bioscience
Agrifood and Bioscience is part of RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden). The unit has about 130 employees and conducts research and innovation throughout the food chain. We develop and implement next-generation technologies for primary and food production, and are operating for development of requested safe, healthy and sustainable food.
We are also handling waste and waste water (energy extraction, returning nutrient to agriculture) and energy for food (from fossil to renewable energy). RISE consists of former institutes Innventia, SP, and Swedish ICT with totally 2,200 employees and is owned by the Swedish state. More information at www.ri.se.
This website gives information about the biobed, an on-farm bioremediation system that minimizes contamination from the use of pesticides. The purpose is to spread knowledge about the biobed and to promote its use. It is built and administrated by RISE Agrifood and Bioscience (former JTI – Swedish Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering), and funded by The Swedish Research Council Formas.
Our intention is to use the website to reach farmers, technicians, farmer organizations, authorities, students, etc. and promote and develop a platform for communication and exchange of ideas on the subject of biobed. Therefore, visitors are urged to contribute with their own experiences and ideas.
As biobeds have become an important issue for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), the website is also available in Spanish. In the LAC the intensification of the agriculture has increased the use of pesticides in the last 30 years, and concomitantly the appearance of pesticides in water, which makes the biobed a useful technique.
From time to time the website is going to provide worldwide news about biobeds, as well as information about conferences, new literature and reports on the biobed subject. You are welcome to send us information that you think is relevant for further diffusion.