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Standard research fish lacks a standard diet

Zebrafish have been used as a research standard to help scientists expand our understanding of everything from skin cancers to cardiovascular disease.

Turning toxic vegetable refuse into nutritious animal feed

New research makes it possible to remove growth-inhibiting natural toxins from protein-rich waste products.

New invention helps reduce pesticide suicides

Pesticides are one of the world’s most common suicide methods. New container makes it difficult to gain access to these deadly substances.

The oldest spruce in Northern Europe is 532 years old

Northern Europe’s oldest spruce is still growing strong in a Norwegian forest. It outdates Martin Luther and was a young tree before Columbus reached the Americas.

New gear eases logging operations

New portable gear for cableways makes strenuous Norwegian logging work a little easier.

Damming bogs can curb climate gases

Farmers can help reduce CO2 emissions by restoring bogs which were previously drained for agriculture.

Organic salmon has more Omega-3

A small share of Norwegian farmed salmon is produced organically. The organic product has the same quality as other farmed salmon, but has more Omega-3.

Adapting rice cultivation to climate changes

India’s millions of peasant farmers need to make their rice crops more robust in the face of the climate changes. A Norwegian-Indian project aims to increase crops also when little water is available.

Prospecting herring waste

The messy leftovers from herring processing could be put to better use. Enzymes from the fish parts can soon wind up in detergents or even in juice.

Salmon becomes what it eats

The diet of farmed salmon is no small-fry issue. The quality of the fats and proteins in feeds has quite an impact on the taste of the fish.

De-bugging strawberries and raspberries

Beetles do a lot of damage to Norwegian strawberries and raspberries. Scientists are seeking effective alternatives to insecticide.

Falling lemming populations

Due to irregular winters, the lemming cycle has stopped. This might in time change the whole ecosystem in the Arctic.