Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute

The Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute (AFBI) was created on 1st April 2006 as an amalgamation of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) Science Service and the Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland (ARINI). AFBI is a DARD Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB).
AFBI carries out high technology research and development, statutory, analytical, and diagnostic testing functions for DARD and other Government departments, public bodies and commercial companies..
AFBI's NDPB status enables it to be innovative and entrepreneurial in its approach to business development.  AFBI is forging new partnerships with other scientific institutes and research organisations and extending the range of services it offers.  This enables AFBI’s unique breadth of scientific capabilities in the areas of agriculture, animal health, food, environment and biosciences to be offered to a wider prospective national and international customer base.  
AFBI is managed by an independent Board which is also responsible for monitoring its performance.  
AFBI is based at seven sites across the province, with its Headquarters at Newforge Lane, Belfast. Information on contacting AFBI Headquarters is provided below.
AFBI Headquarters: +44 (0)28 90 255689



AFBI Fax: +44 (0)28 90 255035


AFBI Headquarters
Newforge Lane
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