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Competences: NIFES has a long tradition for fish nutrition studies including studies of alternative feed ingredients, micronutrient requirements, as well as studying the seafood safety and health effects of eating seafood. NIFES has been an active partner in the EU funded projects on FO and FM replacement since the 5th EU frame program including RAFOA, FORM, AQUAMAX having coordinated the two latter.

Material resources: NIFES has three quality assured laboratory facilities for analysing nutrients (all vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and lipid compounds, amino acids and N-holding compounds, etc), contaminants (including marine and plant contaminants) and a molecular biology lab including biochemical methodology as well as facilities for cell culture work.

Role: Leader of WP3, participating in most work-packages as member of the consortium.

Staff members’ profile:

  • Dr. Marc H.G. Berntssen, senior scientist in food safety has over 10 years experience in both fish feed and seafood safety of farmed fish. His works includes both toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics of feedborne undesirables.
  • Dr. Kristin Hamre has achieved qualifications equivalent to professor in Fish Nutrition in 2001 and in
  • Develomental Biology in 2006. Her research includes nutrition in broodstock, larvae and juveniles of marine fish and red-ox balance in fish in general.
  • Dr Gro-Ingunn Hemre, Head of Aquaculture Nutrition Research. Achieved principal professor in 1999, has since been in lead of projects focussing fish nutrition in general, with special focus on macronutrients in cod diets and the safety evaluation of genetically modified plants in salmon diets.
  • Dr Bente E. Torstensen, senior scientist in Aquaculture Nutrition, achieved professor competence
  • 2006, has more than 10 years experience within lipid metabolism in fish, especially related to fish oil and fish meal replacement in previous EU-funded projects.
  • Dr Marit Espe, senior scientist in aquaculture Nutrition, achieved professor competence in 2002, has more than 10 years of experience with amino acid requirement and metabolism.
  • Prof Dr Rune Waagbø, senior scientist in aquaculture nutrition, part time position as professor at University of Bergen (Norway) and Editor-in-Chief for Aquaculture Nutrition (Wiley-Blackwell, UK), has more than 20 years experience in research on micro nutrient requirement, fish welfare and alternative feed ingredients in fish feeds.

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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 /2007-2013) under grant agreement no 288925. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which maybe made of the information contained therein.