The Institute of Natural Products and Agrobiology (IPNA) is part of a network of research centres belonging to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) of the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.
IPNA's activity ranges from basic research to technological development. Its objectives are varied, bearing in mind that it 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.
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.
The IPNA has its headquarters in the Anchieta Campus of the University of La Laguna (Tenerife), with which it has established agreements for the exchange of technological support services, training of researchers, and university teaching. In addition, IPNA is present on the island of La Palma through the "Juan-José Bravo Rodríguez" Agrobiology Laboratory, whose aim is to support the primary sector, as well as studying aspects related to the Conservation of Biodiversity on that island.
Through the CSIC Delegation in the Canary Islands, IPNA represents the CSIC in this Autonomous Community. In this way, the CSIC is represented in the Patronages of the four National Parks of the Canary Islands, the Volcanic Risk Prevention Plan of the Canary Islands (PVOLCA) and in several Commissions on Climate Change set up by the Canary Government.