Projects

NIBIO is a project driven research institute and collects approximately 100 million NOK annually in project funding from both national and international sources. A lot of activity is carried out through EU and EEA-projects and we also participate in research projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America. NIBIO coordinates several large international projects with a particular focus on food security and climate change. The list of projects is not complete.

Projects

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Division of Biotechnology and Plant Health

Learning-by-doing - transfer of know-how in monitoring tree vitality. Czech-Norwegian cooperation in forestry education


Forests cover about one third of Europe’s total land area and provide diverse benefits to European citizens. However, this is changing dramatically as European forests face devastating losses caused by global change and emerging pests and pathogens. These threats cause severe habitat loss, reductions in forest carbon sink strength and biodiversity, economic losses to the forestry sector, and subsequent socioeconomic impacts (including reductions of most types of ecosystems services). Forest health is a “hot topic” and there are often opposing groups dominating the public debate, usually based on subjective assessments. In modern forestry we already have several recently developed instrumental techniques that give precise, objective measurements of different vital functions in trees. The aim of our project is to motivate and teach forestry students to take science-based decisions regarding the future of European forests by introducing them to direct, hands-on experience with the latest vitality monitoring equipment for forest trees. We will select experimental sites both in the Czech Republic and in Norway, install state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and measure key tree vitality functions. Students will be involved in site-selection, installation of equipment, measurements, data interpretation and communication of the results. By giving the students direct hands-on experience with the latest equipment, they will get access to objective data sets, develop their ability to interpret data, and learn how to communicate their findings to the public. In addition to student’s theses based on the obtained data, we will provide students with a global overview of state-of-the-art methods to assess forest health. This will increase the students’ ability to make sound management decisions in the future. Finally, the project will strengthen international cooperation on the vital topic of forest health.

Active Updated: 24.02.2022
End: sep 2023
Start: oct 2021
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Division of Biotechnology and Plant Health

Managing free-living plant parasitic nematodes in potato, vegetables, strawberry and cereals using Patch dynamics in Norway


Plant-parasitic nematodes are microscopic roundworms and many species feed on plant roots, thereby disrupting water and nutrient uptake and affecting plant yield. Global annual losses to crop production are estimated to be in excess of $80 billion. Since the middle of the last centuary control of plant-parasitic nematodes has relied upon synthetically pr|oduced nematicides most of which have very broad toxicological properties and are hazardous to humans, domestic animals, fish and the environment in general.  

Finished Updated: 17.02.2021
End: sep 2022
Start: jan 2017
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Division of Biotechnology and Plant Health

LowImpact - ChiNor solutions for Low Impact climate smart vegetable production with reduced pesticide residues in food, soil and water resources


Biochar technologies show promise as tools for climate smart and environmentally friendly agricultural production, both as tools to improve soil quality and impact greenhouse gas emission from soils and to reduce pesticide pollution to the environment and pesticide residues in food. However, there is a lack of studies integrating these concerns and designing joint solutions.

Finished Updated: 17.03.2022
End: jun 2022
Start: jan 2019