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Welcome to our new international students!

Welcome to our new international students!

This year NMBU has more international students than ever. From 70 different countries.

NMBU research group given 'world class' status

NMBU research group given 'world class' status

Noragric's 'Rights, Accountability and Power in Development' (RAPID) research group receives top ranking from the Research Council of Norway and the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education.

 

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.

Kelp breeding – Norway`s next salmon adventure?

Kelp breeding – Norway`s next salmon adventure?

The sugar kelp is a «super-organism» that can be used in animal feed and a wide range of other important products. Still, genetic improvement is required to make cultivation more profitable. A new spin-off from Foods of Norway aims to make this happen. 

A Digital Fishing Trip

A Digital Fishing Trip

Four Norwegian research projects develop artificial (marine) intelligence. Their results will change how you view a fish.

East African Farmers Positive to GMOs

East African Farmers Positive to GMOs

Imagine the despair you would feel if your crops were destroyed. Perhaps due to drought, an aggressive plant disease or pests, or nutrient deficient soil? And back at home you have many hungry mouths to feed.

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. 

Security on the move

Security on the move

After decades of violent conflict, large numbers of Somalis have been displaced and the subsequent migration has contributed to the growth of cities across the country. This NMBU project, led by Durham University in the UK, will investigate links between urbanization and displacement in Somalia. Read more in the project’s first report.

2 NMBU professors selected for UN Climate Panel

2 NMBU professors selected for UN Climate Panel

Noragric's Tor A. Benjaminsen and Siri Eriksen are selected to work on the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)'s next assessment report.

Extreme mutation – what happens then?

Extreme mutation – what happens then?

About 100 million years ago, the mother of all salmonid fish underwent a doubling of all its genetic material and ever since then it has had double sets of genes. How has this affected the ability of salmonids to evolve new adaptations?

The organisms that convert the greenhouse gas N₂O to harmless N₂

The organisms that convert the greenhouse gas N₂O to harmless N₂

Extensive use of chemical fertilizers in agriculture is resulting in emissions of nitrous oxide – a potent climate gas. Soil bacteria are essential in this context since they both produce and convert nitrous oxide!

It matters who your mother is, even for fish

It matters who your mother is, even for fish

Tilapia has become a top seafood staple on many dinner tables worldwide. New research shows the Tilapia-industry can produce more of the finest cuts by paying closer attention to maternal breeding factors.

New research project to investigate how climate change affects vulnerability to dengue fever

New research project to investigate how climate change affects vulnerability to dengue fever

New research project will study how changes and variations in climate affect a society's vulnerability and risk of mosquito-transmitted diseases, particularly dengue fever, in Southeast Asia.

Bear hunting with caution

Bear hunting with caution

With man’s hunting activities, he is now becoming a dominant force in the Scandinavian bear's life, and the consequences are surprisingly complex.

Fungi - hitchhiking with beetles

Fungi - hitchhiking with beetles

Fungi living in wood are very important decomposers. But what do they do when the wood is decomposed and gone? How do they find new food?

Harvest of change: Using drones and robots to select new plant varieties

Harvest of change: Using drones and robots to select new plant varieties

Soon plant scientists at NMBU will be able to take a tour of the fields and discover what grew there a couple of years ago, without the need for a time machine or heavy footwear. The only tools needed are a pair of glasses and a computer.

PhD student awarded "Green Talents Award"

PhD student awarded "Green Talents Award"

NMBU's PhD student Hannah Harrison has been awarded the German Green Talents Award. She is one of 25 up-and-coming scientists selected from 602 applicants from all over the world. This year’s focus is on “Sustainable Production and Consumption”.

Bears skip breakfast to avoid hunters

Bears skip breakfast to avoid hunters

A new doctoral thesis shows that human hunting makes bears change their eating patterns. 

Norwegian and French researchers discover a novel enzymatic mechanism that may revolutionize biorefining and sustainable production of biofuels

Norwegian and French researchers discover a novel enzymatic mechanism that may revolutionize biorefining and sustainable production of biofuels

Present findings are ground-breaking. They reveal a new type of chemistry that Nature employs to do very difficult things such as breaking down cellulose. 

 Technology revealing the secret life of bats

Technology revealing the secret life of bats

Using digital technology and radio transmitters, researchers are going to find out where Norwegian bats live their lives.

Big data revolutionising everything from education to politics

Big data revolutionising everything from education to politics

In a world where big data is creating new opportunities, it is no great leap from teaching tailored to your personality type to political advertising targeting your individual prejudices.

Easier for women in Ethiopia to own land with land registration

Easier for women in Ethiopia to own land with land registration

Digitisation has drastically reduced the costs involved in registering owners of cultivated land. This has made large-scale land registration, which in particular strengthens women's rights in societies where they have a weak position, more relevant for developing countries.

Tax evaders exposed: why the super-rich are even richer than we thought

Tax evaders exposed: why the super-rich are even richer than we thought

Read Annette Alstadsæter, Niels Johannesen and Gabriel Zucman in The Guardian.

Find your dream tree with a digitalised forest

Find your dream tree with a digitalised forest

Whether you are looking for wood without knots for your skirting board or the perfect Christmas tree, a "digitalised" forest makes it easier to find your dream tree – without having to go into the forest.

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