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.
Ticks may be facing a dangerous fate. In the TICKLESS project, Bioforsk - the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research, is hoping to determine whether fungus can kill ticks in sheep pastures. This could also benefit future hikers.
Issues such as contamination from agriculture, increased tourism and climate change all pose a threat to Europe’s many lagoons. Scientists are now going new ways to secure better lagoon management in future. Watch Bioforsk's film on the Lagoons project in Portugal.
To improve the access to plant protection products based on beneficial organisms, researchers are collaborating with the plant sector to expand the registration and import of biological control agents to Norway. "We are experiencing an upturn in applications for the testing and registration of such products," says project leader Anette Sundbye at Bioforsk.