Animal and Aquacultural Sciences

The department is recognised as a leading international learning institute focused on higher education in animal and agricultural sciences.

Influence on Norwegian agriculture
IHA provides unique and exciting studies if you want to influence and shape the food production of tomorrow.


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Research at IHA

We conduct both basic and applied research. The Department places an emphasis on strengthening the basic research aimed at biologic production systems, as well as cross disciplinary collaboration with researchers at NMBU and other universities, nationally and internationally.

Our research areas are breeding, quantitative and molecular genetics, nutrition, behaviour (ethology) and animal environment, animal welfare, feed production and feed technology, product quality of food and greenhouse gases from livestock.

The department has chosen to organise all of the scientific employees into research sections, in order to strengthen and hone our areas of research.

Our research sections comprise:Breeding and quantitative genetics

You will find more information about the professional activity
below on the Faculty research page 

  • Research sections
  • Research sentres and large research projects
  • Research projects
  • Scientific publications
  • Phd thesis
  • Technical research centers

IHA has an advanced genetics laboratory for conducting genetic research.
The centre is known as CIGENE, Centre for Integrative Genetics.

Our metabolism laboratory is another advanced laboratory where we have fistulated cattle and horses. The fistulated cows have a fistula (or passageway) from the outside into the cow’s stomach. This passage is big enough for the hand of a scientist or a researcher. This provides an unique opportunity to study the internal processes of the cow. This method has helped us develop better feed and reduce methane emissions from livestock.

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