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Solar photovoltaic modules degrade faster in the tropics

Solar photovoltaic modules degrade faster in the tropics

PhD candidate David Ato Quansah has examined the performance of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules in Ghana. He found that they degraded at a faster rate than PV modules in Europe and North America, and consequently do not comply with typical industry warranties.

Developing new methods and a potential remediation dealing with soil pollution  from airports

Developing new methods and a potential remediation dealing with soil pollution from airports

Soil contamination from airports in relation to de-icing of aircrafts pose a serious environmental challenge. A new dissertation from NMBU shows that non-invasive geophysical methods can monitor the degradation in the soil caused by organic contaminants, and a promising new lead may lessen the impact of soil degradation. 

NMBU ranked among the world's top 20

NMBU ranked among the world's top 20

This year, NMBU is ranked 15th in a ranking of the world's best universities in agriculture and forestry.

Red deer's eating habits change the forest ecosystem

Red deer's eating habits change the forest ecosystem

A new dissertation from NMBU shows that the feeding habits of the red deer changes the forest's plant and insect communities. Higher densities of red deer can potentially have major consequences on their surrounding ecosystems.

Seminar: Soil degradation and sustainable use

Seminar: Soil degradation and sustainable use

The Soil Science Society of Norway invites to an open seminar about landslide hazards, soil degradation and sustainable land use. Welcome!

African agricultural systems are vulnerable to climate change

African agricultural systems are vulnerable to climate change

The combination of climate change and increased human population demands improved agricultural yields. There are ways to improve this productivity; but it is unlikely to combat hunger and malnutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa unless drastic adaptations are taken.

New project: The effects of hunting and fishing on Amazonia’s forests

New project: The effects of hunting and fishing on Amazonia’s forests

Does human hunting empty Amazonia's forests? And does it affect carbon storage? A new NMBU project will investigate the wide-ranging impacts of hunting and fishing on the Amazonian ecosystem.

Peeling back the curtain: how the ice disappeared

Peeling back the curtain: how the ice disappeared

PhD candidate Artūrs Putniņš has reconstructed the evolution and retreat of the ice during the Last Ice Age in Gausdal Vestfjell, Norway. His work shows that there is much to be gained in using modern technology for landform mapping.

Termite mounds are refuges for trees

Termite mounds are refuges for trees

New research shows that termite mounds act as refuges for woody plant species on African savannas.

New professor in forest economics and policy

New professor in forest economics and policy

Maarit Kallio is the faculty's new professor in forest economics and policy. 

Fern hinders forest regeneration in equatorial Africa

Fern hinders forest regeneration in equatorial Africa

Slow forest regeneration is a major concern in equatorial Africa. New research in Uganda clarifies why bracken fern dominated areas are so slow to recover. 

Article wins prize

Article wins prize

One of the faculty's staff has contributed to an article that has been awarded the Julie Denslow Prize for Outstanding Paper. 

Papyrus wetlands can improve agricultural production

Papyrus wetlands can improve agricultural production

New research shows that papyrus plants contribute to the water storage capacity of floating papyrus wetlands. These results indicate that papyrus can be useful for irrigation of small-scale agriculture and improve production.

Increasing the efficiency of wind farms

Increasing the efficiency of wind farms

PhD candidate Franz Volker Mühle has examined the flow behind wind turbines with the aim of improving the layout and operation of wind farms. He found that limiting wind turbine wake effects significantly increases wind farm efficiency.

She will make you love insects

She will make you love insects

Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson (51) has written and talked the insects into the hearts of the people. But that she ended up as a biologist was quite random.

Experts do not recommend banning palm oil

Experts do not recommend banning palm oil

A new IUCN report shows that world palm oil production will have catastrophic effects on biodiversity if nothing changes. The authors say that a ban is not the way to go, and call for increased sustainability actions instead.

5 more years of excellent research on radioactivity

5 more years of excellent research on radioactivity

The Norwegian Research Council has decided to extend the grant funding for another 5 years to NMBU's Norwegian Centre of Excellence in Research - CERAD CoE.

Nitrogen fertilization effective measure to increase nutritional content in maize

Nitrogen fertilization effective measure to increase nutritional content in maize

New research from NMBU shows that nitrogen fertilization of maize increases the availability of nutrients zinc and iron in livestock feed and milk.

Hunting turns bear cubs into mama’s boys (and girls)

Hunting turns bear cubs into mama’s boys (and girls)

Human hunting changes brown bear reproductive strategies, so that the cubs stay with their mother longer. As a result, the females have fewer offspring, but grow older. This unexpected finding has just been published in Nature Communications. 

Summer school: Water Management in Cold regions

Summer school: Water Management in Cold regions

Interested in water management in cold regions? NMBU invites graduate level students and regulatory experts to a summer school seminar at the University Centre in Svalbard, June 18-25, 2018.  

Watch your chickens!

Watch your chickens!

A research project is looking at local foxes and their movements in the landscape. 

Experimental Radioecology and Radiobiology course in Ukraine

Experimental Radioecology and Radiobiology course in Ukraine

An international field course "Experimental Radioecology and Radiobiology" will be organised in Ukraine on June 1st-15th 2018. The course offers a unique opportunity to work in Chernobyl exclusion zone and is organized in cooperation between Centre for Environmental Radioactivity, Norwegian University of Life Sciences and National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine.

Guest lecture: Fungi and carbon flux in forest soils

Guest lecture: Fungi and carbon flux in forest soils

Wednesday February 7 Peter Kennedy will hold a guest lecture about carbon fluxes in forest soils. Open to all!

Dissertation: Forest-based biofuels are not competitive enough - yet

Dissertation: Forest-based biofuels are not competitive enough - yet

A new doctoral thesis shows that Nordic forest biofuel plants are currently not cost-competitive, primarily due to feedstock costs. A proliferation of forest biofuel plants will likely reduce forest feedstock utilization for heat and power generation due to elevated feedstock costs.

New book: The nexus of soils

New book: The nexus of soils

Soils are vital to all terrestrial life on earth. A new book, edited by NMBU-professor Bal Ram Singh, highlights the nexus of soils, plants, animals and human health.

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