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Honoured for fifty years of important soil science

Honoured for fifty years of important soil science

NMBU's Professor Emeritus Bal Ram Singh has received two awards for his longstanding research, teaching and dissemination efforts in the field of agriculture and soil quality.

New Norwegian-Kenyan-collaborative project on sustainable energy and economics

New Norwegian-Kenyan-collaborative project on sustainable energy and economics

A new project will enhance quality and produce well qualified and competent postgraduates in sustainable energy and economics. The project is a collaboration between NMBU and Moi University in Kenya.  

Large variations in forest diversity complicates carbon stock calculations in the Amazon

Large variations in forest diversity complicates carbon stock calculations in the Amazon

The many different types of forest, such as rainforest, flood forest, savannah and wetland, make the job difficult for researchers. Yennie Bredin's doctoral degree shows that large variations in forest structure between nearby areas increase the risk of incorrect estimates in the calculation of biomass and stored carbon in the Amazon's flood forests.

Could Isaac Newton show us the way into the Green Shift?

Could Isaac Newton show us the way into the Green Shift?

Climate change, loss of biodiversity, and degraded ecosystems: we're in trouble and something needs to be done. We need to change, and we know what to do. But we probably need some help on how to proceed. Maybe we can be inspired by Isaac Newton’s three laws?

A greener future? Shifting to a bioeconomy may increase benefits to human society

A greener future? Shifting to a bioeconomy may increase benefits to human society

Bart Immerzeel’s doctorate shows that the shift to a true, green bioeconomy can have profound effects on the land cover and management of Nordic river basins. This will most likely affect the benefits that society receives from ecosystem services in these areas, such as food production, carbon storage and recreational services.

COVID-19 drop-in vaccination - week 37

COVID-19 drop-in vaccination - week 37

This week Ås municipality offers drop-in vaccination of NMBU students Tuesday and Wednesday this week. 

Greeting for MINA's graduates

Greeting for MINA's graduates

MINA has sent out a video greeting to all the faculty's graduates. You can see it here.

Old oak trees are nature's service station and full of drama

Old oak trees are nature's service station and full of drama

Old oak trees are very important for biodiversity, contribute to higher ecosystem functions and may play a vital role in controlling pests in agriculture, according to a new PhD from NMBU.

New study on decarbonization of North European heating systems  

New study on decarbonization of North European heating systems  

Heating of buildings is a major source of emissions in Europe, often forgotten in energy system scenarios. A new study focusing on decarbonizing of buildings having individual heating systems concludes that large scale electrification through use of heat pumps is a major part of decarbonization of this energy use.

Sector coupling can provide much needed flexibility for the energy transition

Sector coupling can provide much needed flexibility for the energy transition

A new study shows how sector coupling leads to a change of paradigm in the energy system, helping reducing the emissions from fossil fuels towards 2050. 

Professor emeritus Kåre Lye has passed away

Professor emeritus Kåre Lye has passed away

Botanist and professor Kåre Lye died on March 24, 2021. We remember an enthusiastic species aficionado who rarely avoided a demanding challenge.

Large-scale forest-based biofuels may significantly change the forest sector

Large-scale forest-based biofuels may significantly change the forest sector

There are enough biomass resources available to meet the Nordic demand for biofuels and bioheat. Increased production of biofuel will change the traditional forest sector, and the forest owners stand to gain.

Measures preventing soil erosion in Ethiopia are effective and affordable

Measures preventing soil erosion in Ethiopia are effective and affordable

In his PhD, Kebede Wolka Wolancho, has examined the effects of soil and water conservation management in southwest Ethiopia. His results show that the examined measures reduce surface runoff and soil loss, while improving crop yield.

Scientists map and forecast apex predator populations at unprecedented scale

Scientists map and forecast apex predator populations at unprecedented scale

Findings will help wildlife managers track and predict the dynamics of large carnivore populations.

The fight against stem rot is well underway

The fight against stem rot is well underway

Stem rot costs the Norwegian society many millions of kroner every year. In a large, international research project, industry and research have come together to fight its occurrence and consequences, and the work is well on its way.

Shifting to small-scale renewable energy technologies can reduce climate gas emissions in Ethiopia

Shifting to small-scale renewable energy technologies can reduce climate gas emissions in Ethiopia

In his PhD, Yibeltal Tebikew Wassie has examined the effects of access to modern and renewable energy sources and technologies on the rural households in southern Ethiopia. His results show that small-scale renewable energy technologies have considerable potential for reducing household consumption of traditional fuels; thereby lessening forest degradation and carbon dioxide emissions.

Tall timber buildings

Tall timber buildings

Seminar where we present the latest research on tall timber buildings, with specific focus on user perspectives, policy and future prospects. 

Improving the basis for forest management decisions in Ethiopia

Improving the basis for forest management decisions in Ethiopia

In his PhD, Zerihun Asrat Kutie has assessed options for quantifying tree and forest resources of the dry Afromontane forests in south-central Ethiopia. His study has provided models and data and evaluated alternative methods and application of some remotely sensed data to improve estimations of forest parameters. The result is better forest management decision-making.

Sustainable bioeconomy vital for freshwater resources

Sustainable bioeconomy vital for freshwater resources

If the bioeconomy with its utilisation of renewable land-based biomass does not develop in a sustainable way, the alterations of the rural landscape, in combination with expected climate change, will seriously affect our freshwater resources.

NMBU’s Professor emerita Brit Salbu knighted

NMBU’s Professor emerita Brit Salbu knighted

“The knighthood is a major recognition of Salbu’s fantastic effort in the service of science over several decades. Salbu’s research has been decisive in shaping better risk assessments tied to radioactive radiation and environmental toxins,” says NMBU Rector Sjur Baardsen.

Lake Detective: The hunt for the lakes of the past

Lake Detective: The hunt for the lakes of the past

Algae blooms in lakes are a common sight, especially in summer. An NMBU researcher is digging into the past to find out if climate change and human activities affect the occurrence of algae in lakes.

Making better use of non-invasive data in carnivore monitoring

Making better use of non-invasive data in carnivore monitoring

In her PhD, Mahdieh Tourani has optimized statistical methods for use of non-invasive approaches to wildlife monitoring, such as camera trapping and genetic sampling. She has used hierarchical analytical models to overcome challenges related to carnivore monitoring, including data sparsity and imperfect observations.

The coconut conundrum – not so eco-friendly after all

The coconut conundrum – not so eco-friendly after all

Coconut oil is often hailed as an environmentally friendly alternative to, for example, palm oil, but new research shows that it actually threatens more species than the controversial palm oil. How to choose environmentally friendly vegetable oils in a world full of disinformation?

Power-line clearings in Norwegian forests are important habitats for wild bees

Power-line clearings in Norwegian forests are important habitats for wild bees

Mari Steinert shows in her PhD that power line clearings in forest landscapes are valuable habitats for plants and wild bees. Her results also show that only minor management measures are needed to make them even more attractive to the insects.

Data from airborne laser scanning and digital aerial photogrammetry reveals new possibilities for estimating forest productivity

Data from airborne laser scanning and digital aerial photogrammetry reveals new possibilities for estimating forest productivity

Lennart Noordermeer has developed methods to predict, estimate and map the magnitude of timber production at sub-stand level automatically over large areas. His PhD shows that site index can be estimated by combining 3D data from two points in time with unprecedented accuracy and at a lower cost than conventional methods.

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