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Tobacco plants may boost biofuel- and biorefining industries

Researchers will genetically modify tobacco plants to produce enzymes that can break down biomass from forest raw materials. This may lead to a more effective, economic and sustainable production of biofuels.

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NIBIO to be launched 1 July 2015

The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) will be Norway’s largest interdisciplinary research institute in the agricultural and environmental sphere, and one of Norway’s largest research institutes. Alvhild Hedstein has been appointed Director General.


New methods for fecal source tracking in Norway

Fecal contamination in water is one of the most common reasons for human diseases. Molecular methods can reveal if the contaminants derive from human or animal excreta. The methods also provide a basis for determining whether water contamination constitutes a health risk or not.

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Limited connectivity among brown bear populations

A recent estimation of gene flow points to a connectivity of bears between Southern Finland and Western Russia, whereas the migration between Scandinavia and Northern Finland appears to be limited.
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Data sharing could help address climate change challenges

The sustainability of Europe’s ecosystems is under threat from the effects of climate change. Now a European collaboration is bringing together ecosystem research to help scientists and policymakers understand and forecast how ecosystems will respond to future changes.

Fra forsøksfeltene hvor hybridrisen utvikles. Foto: Ragnar Våga Pedersen.

Norwegian-Chinese collaboration on food and biotechnology

One of the greatest challenges facing humanity is to provide food for a steadily growing population. The solution is to produce more food per unit area of land, according to Chinese Nobel Peace Prize nominee Professor Longping Yuan.

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Researchers as icebreakers

Researchers from Bioforsk act as icebreakers in water conflicts. Objective research results serve as the basis for dialogue between stakeholders.


New book on climate change adaptation in Indian agriculture

Climate change and agriculture in India is the focus of a new peer-reviewed book by Bioforsk and the International Water Management Institute, formally launched by eminent scientist and father of the Green Revolution in India, Professor M.S.Swaminathan.

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Ticks kill sheep

Predator attacks are not the only explanation for the high lamb mortality in Norway, particularly in coastal areas. Ticks are high on the list of suspects as far as scientists from Bioforsk are concerned, in their attempt to find the reasons for the losses at hand.


Research areas

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Plant science constitutes Bioforsk's core competence. Understanding the basic processes in plants, a…