Research sections

Department of Plant Sciences

Research sections:

  • Agroecology: We collaborate across disciplines in order to tie agriculture to nature and society. Understanding of natural and cultural phenomena across the entire food system is required for analyses and improvement of agroecosystems. In addition to this, we research how our students learn and develop their ability to collaborate with a broad range of actors in different parts of society.
    Leader: Geir Lieblein

  • Genetics and Plant Breeding: We investigate how genes and genomes control plant characteristics and their interactions with the environment. We try to understand the genetic and molecular control of plant growth and development, nutrient composition, resistance to stress factors in model and crop species. We work with genes, genomes, transcriptomes, populations and bioinformatics in the context of plant breeding and evolution.
    Leader: Åshild Ergon

  • Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology: We aim at understanding plant growth and development and how plants respond to climate and other environmental conditions, different growing methods and various types of stress. We study how the environmental conditions affect the genes and metabolism of plants. A central study area is how environmental factors are translated to internal plant signals. We also investigate how such knowledge can be applied in commercial plant production.
    Leader: Sissel Torre

  • Plant Protection and Food Crops:: We study fungi, virus, bacteria, pests, and weeds that cause problems in plant production. We seek insight into the interaction between the pests, the plants, and the surrounding environment. We develop environmentally friendly methods to produce healthy plants.
    We focus on crops grown in fields as well as greenhouses and climate regulated environments (e.g. plastic tunnels). Our main research areas are product quality in cereals, vegetables, fruits and berries, and the influence by genetics, cultivation techniques and climatic condition during growth as well as postharvest conditions. The main goal in our work is to improve the best possible product quality through a sustainable production for fresh consumption, for post harvest handling or processed products.
    Leader: Siv Fagertun Remberg


Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences

Research sections:

  • Breeding and Quantitative genetics

    Our group holds a broad competence in animal breeding and quantitative genetics, including all livestock species, as well as aquaculture, and sports- and companion animals. We have expertise in genomic selection, models and methods for genetic analyses, genetic evaluations, breeding plans and design of breeding programs, genetic resources, and biological aspects of animal breeding. NFR’s Molecular Biology Evaluation 2011 acknowledged the group as a world leader in the development and application of genomics technologies for practical animal breeding. How to best utilize new high resolution phenotypes together with the large and increasing amount of genomic information in animal breeding is currently an important research topic. Research on new phenotypes and new traits aim to meet future challenges by selection for improved feed efficiency and reduced environmental footprint.
    Leader: Bjørg Heringstad

  • Ethology and animal environment
    The research group has broad competence on ethology and animal environment, and competence on most farmed species, dogs, cats and horses. The research is mainly related to animal welfare and establishment of knowledge in order to understand behaviour in relation to the physical and social environment, and in relation to humans. On dogs, cats and horses the group works on human-animal interactions, training methods, heritability of behaviour and behavioural testing for specific purposes. The research group gives continuing courses for behaviour counsellors on dogs, cats and horses.
    Leader: Inger Lise Andersen

  •  Ruminant Nutrition and Physiology
    The research group has broad competence on sheep, cattle, horses and reindeer. The research covers current topics within each of the animal species such as feed assessment, development of new feed raw materials, feed technology, product quality, sustainable national feed resource utilization, as well as production and environmental issues. The experiments are carried out partly with the help of associated animal departments, laboratories and feed factories and partly with the collection of data from the field. The research is carried out in collaboration with other national and international institutions. The research group is responsible for student courses in animal nutrition at the faculty.
    Leader: Margrethe Eknæsæ
  • Nutrition and Physiology in Monogastric Animals
    The nutrition group have competence in ruminants, reindeer, poultry, pigs, aquaculture, pet animals and fur animals. The research covers current topics within each species/production such as feed ingredient evaluation, development of new feed ingredients, feed technology, product quality, sustainable national feed resource utilization, and production/management- and environmental  questions. The studies are partly carried out in the attached experimental animal facilities, laboratories and feed factory, and partly in field conditions. The research is done in cooperation with other national and international institutions. The nutrition group is responsible for student courses in animal nutrition at the faculty.   
    Leader: Øystein Ahlstrøm
  • Genome Biology
    The group possesses expertise in genetics, evolutionary and comparative genomics, bioinformatics and systems biology and work together within Centre for Integrative Genetics (CIGENE; CIGENE has a strong aqua- and agri- profile with key strengths in application of ‘omics’ data to understand the genetic architecture of complex traits. The group has been active in international collaborations to generate genome sequence for species like Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout and cattle and has established track-record in high-impact publishing and development of other invaluable genomic resources for agricultural and marine species. CIGENE has also established excellent wet lab facilities for automated high-throughput omics, as well as a connected dry-lab with IT specialists.
    Leader: Sigbjørn Lien
Published 31. May 2017 - 15:32 - Updated 31. March 2022 - 11:54