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The Norwegian Veterinary Institute will through participation in EU funded and other international research projects contribute to new knowledge generation and build the necessary capacity to enable the international community turn these challenges into sustainable solutions.

The scope of our research is aimed at improving animal (including fish) health and welfare, feed and food safety, and creating environment friendly and sustainable production systems.

Our vision is to build a well-networked knowledge institution that is attractive to partners in global cooperation for sustainable development.

To know more about research at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute you can contact Head of the Research Department Janneche Utne Skare.

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Risk-based surveillance programmes and early warning systems for efficient detection of threats in the animal food production chain

The project aims at improving the cost-efficiency of surveillance programs for infections and other threats by using a risk and syndrome based approach. The food production chain of cattle and cattle products will be used as an example to establish the methodology. The outcome will be suggestions for efficient surveillance programmes and early warning systems for cattle and cattle products.

Development of tools for product control and human risk evaluation in fishery value chains

This project intends to address the needs of both national and international food safety authorities and the fish processing and exporting industry of analytical tools to document the presence or absence, levels and possible effects of contamination of Anisakis larvae or molecular traces thereof, in various fishery value chains.
Advanced monitoring of the introduced crayfish plague (Aphanomyces astaci) for improved management of endangered freshwater crayfish

Advanced monitoring of the introduced crayfish plague (Aphanomyces astaci) for improved management of endangered freshwater crayfish

The major objective of the proposed project is to develop and apply molecular methods for direct monitoring of A. astaci in water and environment. The project will further explore the persistence of CP in freshwater habitats and target mechanisms for prolonged survival. Methods for monitoring high- and low virulent CP-genotypes will be developed in collaboration with active project partners.

Pandemic influenza A (H1N1) 2009 virus in pigs – infection dynamics, genetic variations and pathogenesis

A new strain of influenza A H1N1 virus, pandemic H1N1 2009 virus (pH1N1-09v), was detected in the spring of 2009. It is unclear whether pigs serve as reservoirs for pH1N1-09v and/or as 'mixing vessels' between pH1N1-09v and other subtypes of influenza to produce new strains with zoonotic potential. In this project we aim to explore the disease dynamics of pH1N1-09v in a pig population that until the outbreak of pH1N1-09v was naïve to influenza.

Viral Haemorrhagic septicaemia virus (VHSV) in wild and farmed fish in Norway

Viral Haemorrhagic septicaemia virus (VHSV), the causative agent of viral haemorrhagic septicaemia (VHS), is widespread among several fresh water and marine fish species, both farmed and wild. The presence of VHSV in wild fish has been considered as a threat to the salmonid farming industry.
SR-TSE-network: European network for surveillance and control of TSE in small ruminants (with emphasis on epidemiology, pathology and diagnostic tes...

SR-TSE-network: European network for surveillance and control of TSE in small ruminants (with emphasis on epidemiology, pathology and diagnostic tes...

Formålet med prosjektet har vært å utvikle et varig nettverk for å muliggjøre en bedre forståelse og kontroll av TSE hos småfe. Nettverket har resultert i kunnskapsutvikling og spredning av kunnskap samt forbedret integrering av forskning på europeisk nivå.
VEG-i-TRADE: Impact of climate change and globalisation on safety of fresh produce – governing a supply chain of uncompromised food sovereignty.

VEG-i-TRADE: Impact of climate change and globalisation on safety of fresh produce – governing a supply chain of uncompromised food sovereignty.

EU-prosjektet VEG-i-TRADE skal fokusere på effekter av forventede klimaendringer og globalisering på mattrygghet, særlig knyttet til vegetabiler. Prosjektet ser på mikrobiologiske og kjemiske trusler for mattryggheten i frukt og grønnsaker.
ALGETOX: Chemistry and Chemical Biology of Lipophilic Algal Toxins

ALGETOX: Chemistry and Chemical Biology of Lipophilic Algal Toxins

This is a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship that finances a research project of two years for Dr Chris Miles. The goal of this project is to isolate and identify important algal toxins in the azaspiracids, okadaic acid, pectenotoxin and yessotoxin groups. In addition, Dr Miles will study how the shellfish metabolise and excrete the algal toxins.
QpcrGMOfood: Reliable, standardised, specific, quantitative detection of genetically modified foods

QpcrGMOfood: Reliable, standardised, specific, quantitative detection of genetically modified foods

The QpcrGMOfood project was one of five projects clustered in the ENTRANSFOOD network.
PRIORITY: Protecting the food chain from prions: shaping European priorities through basic and applied

PRIORITY: Protecting the food chain from prions: shaping European priorities through basic and applied

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) started, 20 years ago, a devastating health and food crisis throughout Europe. Classical BSE is now under control as a result of the meat and bone meal ban. However, tonsil analyses suggest that there may be an alarmingly high number of asymptomatic PrPSc positive cases. Transmission through blood transfusion is another important concern, as are recent atypical cases of BSE. Only a profound understanding of the molecular biology of prions will enable us to control them.