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Cultivating conflict? The human dimensions of Atlantic salmon hatcheries

Small-scale hatcheries may have adverse effects on wild salmon, and the discourse between hatchery advocates and critics is heated. Despite this, they remain a widely used conservation tool. A new doctorate demonstrates that salmon hatcheries are important to the people and communities that operate them, and illuminate why efforts to limit or close them have been met with strong resistance.

Oliventre med grener og frukt.

The African olive – managing an important and locally endangered Afromontane species

A new doctorate has examined the multipurpose tree species African olive (Olea europaea subsp. cuspidata) in Tigray, Ethiopia. It is a vital resource to local communities, but is also threatened by overexploitation.

Lokal mann fra Tigray, Etiopia, på vei til markedet.

Ethiopian exclosures: perceptions and governance

A new doctorate gives fresh insight into the socio-economic conditions of Ethiopian exclosures. Output is not divided equally amongst the locals, where rich households receive a bigger share. Local perceptions of them are largely favourable, however perception of the economic benefit is less compared to the ecological improvement.

Tigray, Etiopia

New insights into exclosure management in Ethiopia

PhD candidate Mengesteab Hailu Ubuy has studied the forest vegetation in the exclosures of Tigray, Ethiopia. He has provided data, models and insights that will be useful for the management of exclosures. He research shows that forest biomass loss over time in some cases is larger than the gain. A large part of this biomass loss is due to illegal harvesting, which is a threat for the prospects of sustainable development of the exclosures.

Turgåer møter to bjørner, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Seminar: Conflicts in human-nature interactions

Human–nature conflicts poses a serious environmental challenge for human society. How to mitigate such conflicts and identify viable management options? Thursday December 20 there will be an open seminar relating to these issues. All are welcome. 

Ulv

Breaking the barrier between ecology and large scale population estimates

A new NMBU project will create advanced population estimates for wolverines, wolves, and brown bears in Norway and Sweden. The project pioneers the combination of ecological knowledge, big data and statistical calculations.

Brunbjørn

Scandinavian bears shun people

A new doctorate from NMBU shows that when we people encounter bears, it is usually the bear that runs away.

Solcellepanel

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.

Avising av et fly vinterstid.

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. 

Studenter på SKOG100, studiestart 2016.

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.

Hjort

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.

Jord

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!

Bønner

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.

Tambaqui (Colossoma macropomum). Også kjent som pacu, eller kjempepacu. Disse fiskene er frøspisere/spredere og er sterkt truet av overfiske i mange områder.

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.

Istid

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.

Antiloper som beiter på morgenkvisten i Uganda.

Termite mounds are refuges for trees

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

Mynter,

New professor in forest economics and policy

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

Ph.d.-kandidat Fredrick Ssali (MINA)

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. 

Solskinn

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

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.

Vindmølle

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.

Professor Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

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.

Sumatratiger. Kritisk truet. Finnes kun på Sumatra i Indonesia.

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.

Forlatt karusell og pariserhjul i Pirpyat, eksluderingssonen i Tsjernobyl.

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.

Mais

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.

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