UMB has had a gamma irradiation facility on campus since 1952.
A new facility designed for ecotoxicological experiments was opened by the Norwegian Minister of the Environment in 2003, and has been used for a variety of chronic and sub-chronic exposure studies (e.g., fish, mussels, earthworms) in EU research programmes. In order to meet the requirements for small rodent chronic exposure experiments, extensive facilty upgrades have been made during 2012, including the installation of an improved climate control system (temperature, light, humidity).
On photo: 60th anniversary of the Isotope laboratory at UMB and opening of gamma-UV facility at Norderås. Rector Hans Fredrik Hoen, Professor Deborah Oughton, opening the door to the gamma source.
The FIGARO facility was officially opened in December 2012, and the national animal research authority has given approval for research on a number of organisms, including rodents, fish, aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates, as well as genetically modified organism (GMO) vertebrates.