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Record ID
Date of creation
2008-02-06 03:58 UTC (katrine.jaklin@genok.no)
Date of last update
2021-09-13 10:02 UTC (katrine.jaklin@genok.no)
Date of publication
2021-09-13 11:24 UTC (melissa.willey@cbd.int)

General information
Name of the Organization
GenØk - Centre for Biosafety
GenØk - Centre for Biosafety (GenØk)
PB 6418
Siva innovasjonssenter
Tromso, Tromso
Norway, 9294
Phone:+47 77 64 66 20
Url:GenØk - Centre for Biosafety
Contact Information
Type of organization
  • Academic or research institute
Thematic areas
Gene Ecology, risk research, risk assessment, LMO detection, LMO characterization, Society and Ethics, Biosafety capacity building, General Biosafety, gene-editing, CRISPR
Geographical area(s) of Operations
  • Africa - Southern Africa
  • Americas - South America
  • Europe - Northern Europe
Organization’s profile
GenØk - Centre for Biosafety was founded in 1998 and is a non-commercial foundation located in the research environment at UiT The Arctic University of Norway and SIVA innovasjonssenter Tromsø.

GenØk's vision is safe use of biotechnology. The Foundation conducts research on environmental, health and social consequences of genetic engineering and genetic modification. GenØk also conducts information activities and consulting within their area of competence.

The institute has approx. 15 employees. Our closest partners are UiT The Arctic University of Norway, North-West University (South Africa) and Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil).

In 2007 GenØk was appointed national competence in biosafety.
Organization’s profile link(s)
Linked organizations
University of Tromsø
Tromsø, Tromsø
Norway, NO- 9037
Phone:Katrine Jaklin - GenØk - +47 77 64 55 46,Bjørn Hermansen - University of Tromsø - +47 77 64 53 63,+47 77 64 40 00
Fax:+47 77 64 49 00
Url:University of Tromsø
Contact person
Ms. Katrine Jaklin
Project Manager / Adviser
Biosafety Capacity-Building Programme
GenØk - Centre for Biosafety (GenØk)
Forskningsparken i Breivika PB 6418
9294 Tromsø
Phone:+47 77 64 55 46; +47 98 25 53 09
Fax:+47 77 64 61 00
Url:GenØk - Centre for Biosafety
Dr. Odd-Gunnar Wikmark
Scientist/Program Coordinator
GenØk -Centre for Biosafety
PB 6418
Tromsø, Troms
Norway, 9294
Phone:+47 77 64 66 34
Fax:+47 77 64 61 00
Url:GenØk - Dr. Wikmark
Sarah Agapito Tenfen
Senior Scientist
GenØk - Centre for Biosafety (GenØk)
Siva innovasjonssenter
Postboks 6418
Tromsø, Troms
Norway, 9294
Phone:+47 99878453
Laboratory for detection and identification of LMOs
Is this organization a laboratory or does it include a laboratory for the detection/ identification of LMOs?
Services and activities performed
  • Field sampling
  • Field testing
  • Development of standard methods
  • Supply of reference materials
  • Validation of third parties’ results and methods
  • Capacity-building or training
Collaborative agreements
University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
North-West University, South Africa
Type of detection/ identification method(s) available for use in the laboratory
  • DNA-based
  • Metabolites
  • Protein-based
  • RNA-based
Types of LMOs
  • Bacteria
  • Plants
  • Viruses
LMO(s) detectable by the laboratory
MON-ØØ81Ø-6 - YieldGard™ maize
Resistance to diseases and pests - Insects - Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)
Show detection method(s)
MON-ØØØ21-9 - Roundup Ready™ maize
Resistance to herbicides - Glyphosate
Show detection method(s)
MON-877Ø1-2 x MON-89788-1 - Intacta™ Roundup Ready™ 2 Pro soybean
Resistance to diseases and pests - Insects - Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) Resistance to herbicides - Glyphosate
Show detection method(s)
MON-89788-1 - Roundup Ready2Yield™ soybean
Resistance to herbicides - Glyphosate
Show detection method(s)
Additional Information
Additional Information
GenØk - Centre for Biosafety was formerly called Norwegian Institute of Gene Ecology.

GenØk has been carrying out capacity building projects related to gene technology and gene modification in developing countries since 2003. In additional to the annual course in biosafety, we have also organised two regional courses, one credit-giving online course in biosafety (at the University of Tromsø), and published a book called Biosafety First with contributions from over 20 international biosafety experts:

Biosafety First (2007) Traavik, T. and Lim, L.C. (eds.), Tapir Academic Publishers

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