The Institute of Natural Products and Agrobiology (IPNA) is part of the network of research centres of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), State Agency of the Ministry of Science and Innovation.

IPNA's activity extends from basic research to technological development. IPNA's objectives are diverse, considering that this is a multidisciplinary centre with three main scientific-technical areas:

Chemical Sciences and Technologies

Chemical synthesis, biological chemistry and medical chemistry, organometallic chemistry, catalysis and chemistry of materials and nanotechnology.

Agricultural Sciences

Water in agriculture, soil quality, plant nutrition and physiology, phytopathology and fruit growing.

Natural Resources

Biology of terrestrial organisms and systems, as well as earth sciences.


The aims of the IPNA are scientific and technological research, the transfer of knowledge to industry and society, the training of research staff and the dissemination of science to society.


IPNA was founded in 1990, when it was agreed to merge two research centres: the Institute of Organic Natural Products (IPNO) and the Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology (IRNA), the first in the field of Chemistry and Chemical Technology and the second in the area of Agricultural Science.


Since then, its scientific activity has increased steadily, both qualitatively and quantitatively, as well as in the area of Chemistry, which was the centre's first assignment, in the specialities of Agricultural Science, Volcanology and more recently in Ecology and Evolution on Oceanic Islands. This thematic richness is one of the main assets of the Institute, due to its potential for synergies derived from interaction between these research lines.


IPNA in numbers

Between 2012 and 2021, the Institute of Natural Products and Agrobiology published 720 research papers, 74% of which belonged to the Q1 rank (45% in D1). In addition, during this time, the IPNA-CSIC was cited in more than 15,000 external articles. In 2021, the IPNA's research activity resulted in 88 publications, 27 communications at conferences, 13 posters and 4 awards to researchers based at the centre. Along with 29 current research projects and 17 training and research programmes, 5 doctoral theses were also successfully defended. All this information is available in detail in the IPNA-CSIC Annual Report 2021.

Annual report


The ultimate goal of the research carried out at the IPNA-CSIC is to contribute to the expansion of the frontiers of science. The activity of IPNA-CSIC ranges from basic research to technological development. Its specific objectives of research are diverse, as it is a multidisciplinary center with three major scientific-technical areas:

  • Estrés biótico y abiótico
  • Agua en agricultura
  • Calidad del suelo
  • Nutrición y fisiología vegetal
  • Fitopatología Fruticultura
  • etc.
  • Productos naturales y derivados
  • Biotecnología de productos naturales
  • Síntesis química
  • Moléculas pequeñas
  • Catálisis metálica
  • Péptidos antimicrobianos
  • Supramoléculas
  • Química computacional
  • Metabolómica
  • Tecnología de polímeros
  • Materiales en forma de gel
  • etc
  • Ecología insular y evolución de los organismos terrestres
  • Biogeografía
  • Metagenómica
  • Ciencias de la tierra
  • Vulcanología
  • Paleomagnetismo, etc.


The Instituto de Productos Naturales y Agrobiología has grown steadily in its various sections in recent years. It currently employs around 100 people, including 25 tenured researchers, as well as training, technical and administrative staff.

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The research projects carried out by scientists of the Instituto de Productos Naturales y Agrobiología receive funding through competitive calls from different institutions such as the European Commission, the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities of the Spanish Government, the Government of the Canary Islands, the Council of Tenerife and the European Union ERDF funds.

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El Instituto de Productos Naturales y Agrobiología presta diferentes servicios de apoyo científico-tecnológico al exterior, a cualquier sector empresarial que pueda beneficiarse de las capacidades y medios del centro y que se resumen en: Servicios de consultoría, Servicios de apoyo tecnológico (análisis, pruebas, validaciones, etc.) y Solución de problemas tecnológicos y desarrollo de productos y servicios bajo contrato de I+D.

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Laboratorio de Geofísica y Control de Deformaciones del Terreno 2

The IPNA-CSIC Geophysics and Ground Deformation Monitoring Laboratory provides scientific-technical services for the collection, analysis and interpretation of geophysical observations using the highest precision geophysical and geodetic instrumentation.

This can be...

Servicio Genómica 2

The Genomic Diversity Service of the IPNA-CSIC has the IGAR-Biodiv Genomic Platform (Automated genetic/genomic facility for high-throughput analysis of biodiversity). This service has the necessary infrastructure to carry out the following protocols in an automated way: i)...

Laboratorio de Agrobiología Juan José Bravo Rodríguez

The laboratory on La Palma provides analytical services focused on primary sector enterprises on the island.  Its function is to respond to requests for chemical analyses of soil fertility, irrigation water, and musts and wines.

It uses the latest generation of...

Fertilidad de suelos

The IPNA Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition Laboratory provides specialist analytical services for agricultural and livestock activities and enterprises of all types. Its function is to respond to requests for soil fertility analysis, nutritional analysis of...

RMN 500

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance is a spectroscopic technique that provides structural and stereochemical information of great interest in a very short time.

The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Service (NMR) is fundamentally dedicated to the structural determination of both...


The interaction of matter with the electromagnetic spectrum is very useful from a chemical point of view. It allows us to determine the characteristic properties of organic and inorganic materials in different states (gas, solid or dissolved) and under the influence of...


Mass Spectrometry is a powerful and highly sensitive instrumental analysis technique, which consists of (1) the ionization of molecules, (2) the separation of the ions produced in an analyzer with a vacuum system and (3) their detection according to their mass/charge ratio (m...

Actividad biológica 3

IPNA-CSIC is pleased to offer this service to support pharmaceutical, cosmetic or agri-food companies, as well as research centres or universities. We analyse natural  products, extracts, chemical and biotechnological compounds.

Our quality...

Análisis elemental

CHNS analysis measures the total percentage content by weight of Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen and Sulphur, present in a wide range of organic and inorganic samples, both solid and liquid.

This equipment uses a combination of a continuous flow of He carrier gas, and...


Some elements are essential for the human body and must be present in the diet in sufficient quantities, since deficiency can lead to health problems.

This is the case of metals such as sodium, potassium, calcium, copper, zinc and manganese. However, there are a...