World Soil Day emphasizes the increasing need to integrate soil and water research and management
OPINION: Extreme dry and wet events has caused many challenges to both food production and water protection. This calls for the increase of integrated soil and water research to address the national and global challenges in food security and environmental sustainability.
We have a new and better method for predicting male fertility in cattle breeding
SHARE YOUR SCIENCE: Traditionally animal breeders would select animals based on their physical characteristics, but with advancement of genetic techniques, animal breeders can now select animals based on their genetic makeup.
Can Norway make money from a tiny crustacean?
The ocean contains endless untapped food resources, such as seaweed, kelp, algae and krill. But it costs time and money to turn them into useful products. One company has now succeeded in exporting several thousand tonnes of krill for animal feed and nutritional supplements.
Afghanistan crisis: Is cooperation with the Taliban a recipe for disaster or a new way forward?
OPINION: Whilst we wait for the Taliban to meet international human rights standards, it would be wrong to withhold humanitarian assistance as the harsh winter draws in. Humanitarian action will build confidence on both sides whilst providing critical aid.
Serving up edible kelp to Michelin restaurants and supermarkets
An entrepreneurial company called Seaweed Solutions is now harvesting more than 100 tonnes of nutritious kelp from a seaweed farm off the coast of central Norway. The seaweed is being sold to food producers in Europe. “This industry will be big,” says an independent researcher.
Kelp products could surround us in the future - but how sustainable will the industry be?
OPINION: A large upscale of the kelp industry is probably around the corner in Norwegian coastal waters. In order to conduct kelp farming in an ecologically and economically sustainable way, it is crucial to understand how the ecosystems work.
Norwegian fish farmers reprimanded for poor treatment of cleaner fish
The aquaculture industry doesn’t do a good enough job supervising the use of cleaner fish, and many die. Unless the industry does a better job documenting the welfare of cleaner fish, it will need to stop using them, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority states in new report.
Salmon in pain when warm water is used as delousing treatment
Salmon are briefly immersed in warm water so the lice lose their grip. The treatment is the most common non-chemical delousing method used at Norwegian fish farms. But its imminent ban comes as new research reveals the pain and injury to the salmon.
Does the consumer take food for granted?
In my career as a researcher and head of food research I have been met with quizzical looks many times. Is it possible to research food? Most people see the need to understand more about nutrition and the body’s need for nutrients. But what else could there be to research?
On the hunt for flying fish
“If you get sick and need to throw up, that’s fine, but if you don’t then that’s fine too,” says the skipper, laughing through his big smile, before setting off on the voyage taking nine excited business professionals and R&D representatives out on his boat towards the open sea. The location is Macau in northern Brazil. The goal: to harvest flying fish roe.
More fish found deeper in the ocean
The amount of fish in the world is being reassessed upwards. Some ten billion tonnes of fish that live at depths down to a kilometre are not fished at all. A University of Bergen professor thinks this biomass will be much more important for humankind in the future.
Spawning cod packed with vitamins
Cod migrate from the Barents Sea to the Lofoten Islands in North Norway to spawn every winter. The fishing season for these large spawning cod, called skrei in Norwegian, is currently open. A traditional North Norwegian serving of the fish is a super source of vitamin D.