Svein Lilleengen researcher and founder of Bioskiva AS


1991  First tests of Bioskiva, a disc made from the fibrous parts of cow manure, placed around the stem of brassica. The disc has a diameter of 12 cm: no light, weed.

Tests done by Statens Fagtjeneste for Landbruket (“government agriculture expertise service”).


1991     Bioskiva was awarded a patent in Norway.


1992  Built first full scale biogas plant in Norway (utilizing cow manure as raw material).


1992  Tests of Bioskiva at Statens Forsøksstasjon (”government research station”) Kvithammar, Stjørdal.


1994  Innovation price granted to Svein Lilleengen by Statens Distrikts og Næringsutviklingsfond (”government district and business development fund”).


1995  Innovation price granted by the environmental group – Miljøansvar.



1977  Project coordinator in project for environmental safe plant production. The research project was financed by Norges Forskningsråd (Norwegian research council”). Partners were NTNU (Norwegian university of science and technology”) and SINTEF (“The Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research”).


2002  Project coordinator in project to make a odorless liquid fertilizer from cow manure. Research project a cooperation between SINTEF and Bioskiva AS. Project financed by Norges Forskningsråd


2003  Production of a liquid fertilizer based on the above research project in 1 liter bottles. Approved by Debio as an ecological product (all providers of organic products in Norway are certified by Debio).


2005  Project coordinator in project using Salicylaldehyd as a repellent with various slow release components. Research project in cooperation between NTNU, Horticulture Research International UK and Bioskiva AS.



2008  Initiator for EcoBug in EU Framework 7 introducing cyanobacteria as repellent. Project coordinator was Felleskjøpet (“Norwegian agriculture cooperative”).

Partners from EU in cooperation with Fraunhofer IGB and University of West       Hungary – Field tests in Spain and Hungary. EU zone –South and Middle.


2011  Patent applications based on above research submitted by Bioskiva AS.


2012  Product name change to FertiBug as brand name EcoBug was protected in South America.


2012  Mid –Scandinavian price awarded Svein Lilleengen for his environmentally friendly work.



2017  Project coordinator on research project FertiBug – an environmentally friendly plant protection system based on Cyanobacteria as repellent to Delia Radicum (cabbage fly). Financed by Norges Forskningsråd and Bioskiva AS. Project expected to be completed in 2017.

Partners University of Copenhagen, Agriculture University of Norway and

SLU the agriculture University of Sweden and SINTEF — EU zone North.

2014  EU patent granted for using cyanobacteria as repellent.


  • The various projects have been covered in more than 30 articles in newspapers and scientific magazines. Fraunhofer IGB presented the results from EcoBug project at the Hannover Fair.


  • Bioskiva AS has taken part in five TV programs in Norway , one in Spain and one in GB (a team from BBC visited Bioskiva AS).


  • Authorship of a book about biogas and fermentation in agriculture.


  • Arranged several biogas conferences in cooperation with Fosen Næringshage Participants from Norway and EU.


  • Exposition at the National Museum in Oslo in the project ”Architecture of Consequence.


  • Visit by the Norwegian government’s ”committee of energy and environment”.


  • And the most honorable an invitation from his royal majesty the king of Norway to afternoon tea.