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?
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.
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.
In his PhD thesis, Pablo Durán has developed a novel coupling framework utilizing the Weather Research Forecasting (WRF) model with WindSim’s computational fluid dynamic (CFD) model for wind resource assessments.
Knowledge is vital in order to preserve rare and endangered species. But how do you count that which is rarely seen? Researchers at NMBU have created a new method that gives better estimates of wildlife populations.
Tropical forests have been considered an important buffer against anthropogenic climate change. Scientists have followed 300 000 trees in Africa and the Amazon for 30 years, and their results show that the ability of these forests to remove carbon from the atmosphere is diminishing rapidly.
NMBU’s professor Sam Adaramola is newly appointed member of the International Scientific Advisory Board for the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Engineering Education Project (KEEP) in Ghana. KEEP is a vital part of Ghana’s industrial and digital revolution within engineering sciences.
A new book focusing on the climate impacts on agricultual and natural resource sustainability in Africa has just been published. It addresses some of the key Sustainable Development Goals to guide innovative responses and enhanced adaptation methods for coping with climate change.
How do you value nature? And how do you get hundreds of people to put a price on it? It turns out that warm weather, a cool drink and some persistence might just do the trick: PhD candidate Bart Immerzeel tells the story of his fairy tale field work in the northern countries.
Erica Maremonti has in her doctorate examined how nematodes are affected by gamma radiation. Her results show that even these radioresistant organisms can be negatively affected by chronic exposure. This is due to higher sensitivity of certain developmental stages, cell types and molecular functions.
Ever wondered how the giant panda, a bear, can live its life eating only plants? Wednesday 29 January, there will be an open seminar about the giant panda and its ecophysiology. Professor John Speakman will present some of his findings, trying to explain how this species, despite the odds, can survive on bamboo.
A new, large project, coordinated by NMBU, aims at facilitating climate smart forestry in Norway. The project will provide forest managers with tools that improve forest resilience to climate change, and contribute to reduced green house gas emissions by substituting fossil based products with forest products, and at the same time, provide increased and sustainable economic returns to the forest owner.
Thomas Corodius Sawe’s PhD shows that the crops of small-scale Tanzanian farmers are limited by pollination, and that their yields can be substantially increased if the pollination services are improved. He also found that pesticide use is abundant, and that there is a need for basic education in plant biology among farmers.
Denis Edem Kwame Dzebre’s PhD work shows that the Weather Research and Forecasting Model can be used to generate data for wind resources assessment in coastal Ghana. In addition, he concludes that some current often-used practices in validation studies of the model need to be revised for improved model outputs.
PhD candidate Shimelis Gizachew Raji has examined small-scale farming systems and looked at how Climate Smart Agriculture may improve productivity, climate change adaptation and mitigation. His results show that there is potential for increasing yield, and at the same time reduce costs and the use of fertilizers.