Biology

  • The pine sawyer beetle – the deadly messenger

    By Bjørn Økland, Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute The pine sawyer (Monochamus sutor) is a moderately large (2 cm long) longhorn beetle with impressive antennae. It lives on both Scots pine and Norway spruce throughout most of Norway. The larvae ... Read more
  • Hungry moths moving north

    By Bjørn Økland, Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute The autumnal moth, the most damaging insect pest on birch in Scandinavia, is moving northwards. The last 15-20 years the moth’s outbreak area appears to have expanded into the coldest ... Read more
  • Bark beetle outbreaks – From bad to worse

    By Paal Krokene and Bjørn Økland, Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute  The spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus) has caused significant losses for forestry throughout northern Europe. Research carried out at the Norwegian Forest and ... Read more
  • Do cod like it hot?

    Climate change can have many impacts on our oceans; it can cause changes in oxygen concentration, ocean chemistry, water stratification as well as ocean circulation patterns. However, ocean warming is the most important factor causing changes in fish physiology, how ... Read more
  • The nun moth: Nuns heading north?

    By Paal Krokene, Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute Many insects are going to extend their range northwards if the climate grows warmer. This may result in the introduction of new and destructive species to Norwegian forests. One of the species we have ... Read more
  • The climate profiteers of the insect world – introduction

    By Paal Krokene, Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute Insects are among the organisms that will react most rapidly to climate change. They have a short generation span, they are very mobile, and their rate of development is directly impacted by temperature. ... Read more
  • Precambrian fossils, oddballs, Treptichnus pedum and moving camp

    By Anette Högström We have moved camp from the Precambrian to the Cambrian, in the midst of wind and rain after packing a weeks worth of samples and specimens that will await pickup towards next week. Results have been manifold. Our quest for the oldest ... Read more
  • Whisky peat moss (Sphagnum taliskeri)

    Isle of Skye is famous for many things; beautiful nature, sheep, miserable weather (“sky” is Norwegian for cloud), and a world famous whisky distillery. Talisker single malt whisky has been manufactured on the island for almost two centuries. Production ... Read more
  • Sampling from the Scripps Pier

    There are more than 1.3 million inhabitants in San Diego, but standing at the end of Scripps Pier I feel I´m the only human left in this beautiful part of California. Left behind me are the surfers, the sunbathing tourists and the fit beach runners, and in ... Read more
  • The Dinoflagellates in my fridge

    They are swimming in my beakers, in the nutrients I have carefully mixed for them, in the water I collected from the pier, carried all the way to the lab and filtered to make it clean, in a fridge where the light regime and temperature is carefully adjusted to match ... Read more

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Norwegian study links flu vaccine to narcolepsy risk

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has found an elevated risk of narcolepsy among children and young adults who were vaccinated against the swine flu seven years ago. Some who did not take the vaccine against the pandemic of 2009 also developed this severe sleeping disorder.