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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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Efficient production of mould-free pinnekjøtt and cured meat products

The main goal of the project is to reduce growth and survival og undesired mould species on pinnekjøtt and cured meat products, as well as to develop novel detection methods for problem moulds in the production environmets.
New Targeting Vaccines for Sustainable Aquaculture

New Targeting Vaccines for Sustainable Aquaculture

Fish diseases represent one of the major risks to the continued growth of the aquaculture industry. This project will develop a flexible and versatile fish vaccine platform (TarGet) where vaccines can be easily tailored to any viral disease and fish species.

Priority environmental contaminants in seafood: safety assessment, impact and public perception (ECsafeSEAFOOD)

Seafood has been recognized as a high quality, healthy and safe food item. Yet, some seafood can accumulate environmental contaminants with potential impact on human health. Limited information is available for those without maximum limits set by authorities for seafood, like priority contaminants, biotoxins from harmful algal blooms and marine litter. In order to increase seafood safety to consumers and reduce human health risks, ECsafeSEAFOOD aims to assess safety issues mainly related to nonregulated priority contaminants and evaluate their impact on public health.
Development of cost efficient advanced DNA-based methods for specific traceability issues and high level on-site applications (DECATHLON)

Development of cost efficient advanced DNA-based methods for specific traceability issues and high level on-site applications (DECATHLON)

The Decathlon project’s strategic objective is the development of cost efficient advanced DNA-based methods for specific traceability issues and high level on-site applications. More specific DECATHLON aims to: Develop advanced, dedicated DNA-based methodologies for lab-based and on-site application for selected issues in the fields of 1) food pathogens, 2) traceability of GMOs, and 3) customs issues.

Targeted strategies for safeguarding the noble crayfish against alien and emerging threats (TARGET)

The TARGET project aims to develop cost-effective and environmentally friendly monitoring tools and control strategies for better protection of noble crayfish. This ecologically and economically important species is threatened and red-listed throughout its natural range in Europe. New methods enable detection of virtually any organism that lives in water by analyzing water samples for DNA traces (environmental DNA / eDNA), a concept that is revolutionizing multi-species monitoring worldwide.
Illustrajonsbilde av E.coli i bakterieskål. Foto: Hanne Mari Jordsmyr.

Pathogens in the food chain - persistence, elimination and risk management (Patfoodchain)

At NVI we are working with investigating changes in virulence through production lines. For L. monocytogenes this will be evaluated using virulence gene expression analysis, invasiveness in Caco-2 cells and where appropriate mouse models. For pathogenic E. coli in food processes we will look both at expression of virulence genes and transfer of virulence genes. We will also investigate the influence of stress conditions in a food process, as well as biofilm formation, on survival and spreading of virulence potential and resistance.
The figure shows the geographic location and relationship to various low virulence varieties of Infectious Salmon Anaemia.

The importance of ISAV HPR0 for causing clinical outbreak of ISA

The project will develop a method for ranking of individual site risk of ISA (based on the presence of HPR0 and local spread of virulent HPR-deleted ISA virus) by determining a quantitative risk estimate for each site. Such a model will be useful both in terms of more effective and risk-based surveillance, and the possibility to implement more optimal disease prevention. Ranking of sites will be based on factors such as fallowing management, biomass density, mortality, sea temperature, distance to the slaughterhouse, others diseases, lice treatment etc. The analysis will be based on isolated ISA outbreak of 2003-2014, aquaculture data and journal data from the Norwegian Veterinary Institute and knowledge generated in subproject 1.
Rearing broiler chickens without in-feed anticoccidials

Rearing broiler chickens without in-feed anticoccidials

The Norwegian poultry industry has declared the abolishment of in-feed anticoccidials in conventional broiler rearing as its objective, and needs a firm knowledge base in order to decide in which way an abolishment best can be implemented.

Gill disease in Atlantic salmon – studies of multiple factors in challenge models

Sound gill health is a key-factor for fish growth and welfare. Gill disease contributes with a significant part of disease-related losses in marine farming of Atlantic salmon in Norway. A better understanding of gill diseases, their etiology, pathogenesis and pathophysiology, is needed to develop more effective disease prophylaxis and treatment. The aim of the project is to study the significance and interaction of different factors associated with gill disease, by means of challenge models with live fish.
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Emerging antimicrobial resistance in the poultry production - implications for human health?

There is reason to believe that the consumers are exposed to ESBL positive bacteria via poultry products, but the implications on human health are not known. This project will approach this by performing screening studies of the fecal flora of healthy individuals in Norway, in order to uncover if humans are able to acquire resistant bacteria from a poultry reservoir. Furthermore, the project will investigate if the ESBL producing bacteria associated with poultry contribute to increased ESBL prevalence among bacteria causing infections in humans. This knowledge is necessary to give recommendations regarding the risk of acquisition of resistant bacteria through the food chain which again will contribute to a stabilization of the favorable resistance situation in Norway.