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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.