fields of research

mission statement

mission statement

The IFA-Tulln is a department under the leadership of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, in cooperation with the Technical University of Vienna and the University of Veterinary Medicine at the Technopol Tulln.


Today, nearly 200 employees as well as visiting scholars and students at six institutes are working with the following priorities:

  • Institute of Biotechnology in Plant Production: Research on Cultivated focusing plant breeding, plant genetics, plant pathology and breeding for resistance (Univ.Prof Hermann Bürstmayr.)
  • Institute of Natural Materials Technology: Harnessing renewable raw materials and industrial by-products for injection molding and profile extrusion (Ass.Prof Norbert Mundigler.)
  • Institute of Bioanalytics and Agro-Metabolomics: Development of effective methods in the field of (bio) analytical chemistry for the determination of pollutants and drugs, focusing on mycotoxins and food allergens. Metabolomics of plant-fungal interactions (Univ.Prof. Rudolf Krska)
  • Institute of Environmental Biotechnology: The use of microbial and enzymatic processes to create sustainable material cycles. Dismantling and decontamination of pollutants in soil, water and residual currents (Univ.Prof. Georg Gübitz)
  • Institute of Biotechnology in Animal Production: exploitation of the results of molecular and cell biology research to the practice of breeding of healthy and fertile animals (Univ.Prof Mathias Müller.)
  • In­sti­tute of An­i­mal Nu­tri­tion, Live­stock Prod­ucts, and Nu­tri­tion Phys­i­ol­ogy: Proper feeding of farm animals and their contribution to the quality and safety of primary products. Secondary effects of individual food components on digestion, metabolism and health of animals (Univ.Prof. Martin Gierus, Mag. Dr. Christiane Schwarz)

In order to safeguard the interests of the three participating universities (BOKU, Vienna University of Technology and University of Veterinary Medicine), there is a supervisory board, the IFA-Tulln Advisory Board. The Advisory Board, composed of members of the three universities mentioned and the Province of Lower Austria, meets three times a year.