National Center for Insect Biodiversity
(Nasjonalt senter for insektbiodiversitet)
The National Center for Insect Biodiversity was established on November 24, 2004 by the following three partner institutions:
- NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, University of Oslo
- NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE FOR AGRICULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH (BIOFORSK, formerly Planteforsk), Ås
- NORWEGIAN FOREST AND LANDSCAPE INSTITUTE (NORSK INSTITUTT FOR SKOG OG LANDSKAP, formerly Skogforsk), Ås
The Center pursues the following main goals:
- Expansion and curation of the Insect Collection at the Natural History Museum, University of Oslo.
- Development and maintenance of the Insect Database.
- Bringing together the expertise of professional entomologists affiliated with different institutions and amateurs to advance our knowledge of insects.
A new home for the SKOGFORSK collection
Following the establishment of the National Center for Insect Biodiversity, The insect collection: formerly deposited at the Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute (NORSK INSTITUTT FOR SKOG OG LANDSKAP, formerly Skogforsk) went to its new home at the Natural History Museum, University of Oslo. This should ensure the best possible care and curation of this collection. The work to incorporate the Skog og Landskap collection with the main insect collection of the Natural History Museum has almost been completed by the end of 2007. As of March 1, 2009 the only portion still remaining to be incorporated includes moth families Torthricidae, Geometridae and Noctuidae.
The center is a collaberation between the Natural History Museum and