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Less Salmonella in outdoor and organic herds

A study surprisingly reveals a lower incidence of Salmonella bacteria in outdoor and organic pig herds than in conventional herds.

Diverse herrings are super survivors

New research reveals how herring genes vary with the environment. The discovery could make it easier to protect the herring stock against future challenges such as climate change.

Old spawners important for salmon rivers

Super-veterans among salmon are keys to the survival of river stocks in hard times.

Farmed salmon retains good fats

Norwegian farmed salmon is still a good source of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, even though these fish are now fed more vegetable oils than previously.

Waking plankton from hibernation

They are the motor of the ecosystem in the oceans of the high North. But we don’t know much about where plankton are during the sunless winters or how they waken in spring.

The mysterious Arctic skate

A hundred-kilo barn door with two sharp “penises” glides above the seabed in Norwegian fjords, prowling for a female. Meet the Arctic skate, an ancient and secretive fish.

On the track of the world’s first farmer

The very first farmer may have lived in a barren mountain landscape in Turkey over 10,000 years ago.

Genes reveal animal history

Reindeer living way up north today are immigrants from the south. This is revealed by their genes, which also divulge other secrets of these animals’ shared history with humankind for thousands of years.

The crucial choice to cultivate the land

Agriculture gave us cities and pyramids but it can also lead to poorer health. Why did humans choose to go down this road?

Quota system for preventing whaling

American researchers propose a cap-and-trade system that would enable environmentalists to pay whaling countries for each whale it refrains from killing. Norwegian experts don’t think the idea will float.

Is meat from stressed animals unhealthy?

We love steak and sausages, but does a high level of axiety in animals make them unhealthy to eat?

The future of farming: pig cities

Ambitious research project aims to bring pig production into urban areas.