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

From 2014 to 2018 the Institute of Natural Products and Agrobiology produced 280 publications (according to Scopus data), 72% of which fell in the Q1 range (46% in D1). These publications have an impact index of h=17. In addition, the IPNA-CSIC was cited in external articles on 1,747 occasions. In the same period of time, the research activity of the IPNA materialized in 12 new patents, 4 licensed technologies and 1 new plant variety. Twenty-six doctoral theses were also defended.

  • 72% Q1 - 46% D1
  • 1.747 citations
  • h = 17


70 Total Staff

  • 31 Researchers
  • 11 Technical Staff
  • 7 Staff in training
  • 21 Administrative Staff


26 Thesis

  • 1 Plant variety
  • 12 Patent families
  • 4 Licensed tecnologies
  • 4 Other


El objetivo último de la investigación que se lleva a cabo en el IPNA-CSIC es ayudar a expandir las fronteras de la ciencia. La actividad de IPNA-CSIC abarca desde la investigación básica hasta el desarrollo tecnológico. Sus objetivos específicos son variados, puesto que se trata de un centro multidisciplinar con tres grandes áreas científico-técnicas:

  • 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.


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.

Laboratorio La Palma

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 an analytical technique that has undergone great technological development in recent years. This technique is characterized by high analytical sensitivity and speed of execution, which allow compounds of diverse nature (organic, inorganic or biological)...

Actividad biológica

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...