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Sammendrag

Organisms use circadian rhythms to anticipate and exploit daily environmental oscillations. While circadian rhythms are of clear importance for inhabitants of tropic and temperate latitudes, its role for permanent residents of the polar regions is less well understood. The high Arctic Svalbard ptarmigan shows behavioral rhythmicity in presence of light-dark cycles but is arrhythmic during the polar day and polar night. This has been suggested to be an adaptation to the unique light environment of the Arctic. In this study, we examined regulatory aspects of the circadian control system in the Svalbard ptarmigan by recording core body temperature (Tb) alongside locomotor activity in captive birds under different photoperiods. We show that Tb and activity are rhythmic with a 24-h period under short (SP; L:D 6:18) and long photoperiod (LP; L:D 16:8). Under constant light and constant darkness, rhythmicity in Tb attenuates and activity shows signs of ultradian rhythmicity. Birds under SP also showed a rise in Tb preceding the light-on signal and any rise in activity, which proves that the light-on signal can be anticipated, most likely by a circadian system.

Sammendrag

Innføring av obligatorisk individmerking av tamrein i Norge ble vedtatt av Stortinget 13. juni 2019. NIBIO har i denne rapporten belyst hvilke merkemetoder for individmerking som finnes på markedet i dag og hvordan disse egner seg for bruk i reindrifta. Kunnskap om disse og individmerking generelt i næringa, forvaltningen og reindriftsmyndighetene er innhentet gjennom utstrakt kontakt med en rekke informanter. Mulighetene og utfordringene som ligger i individmerking for næring, forvaltning og myndigheter er undersøkt og kartlagt. NIBIO har belyst en del punkter som anbefales for veien videre vedrørende innføring av individmerking i reindriften. NIBIO har også foreslått pilotprosjekter som kan/bør gjennomføres for å forberede reindriften på innføring av individmerking, samt forbedrer dagens løsninger for elektronisk individmerking slik at disse blir driftssikre, kostnadslave, møter næringens behov og nytte og samtidig gir myndigheter og forvaltning ny kunnskap om Norges tamrein...

Sammendrag

Reindeer-train-collisions (RTC) are a challenge for Norwegian society and the northern Norwegian train company Bane NOR with regard to animal welfare, wildlife ecology, animal husbandry, reindeer herding and the working environment for train drivers and employees of Bane NOR. On behalf of Bane NOR the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) investigated putative technological solutions to improve RTCs. The study is a result of literature research, interviews with Bane NOR employees, reindeer herders, researchers, companies and road administration project leaders and an analysis of Bane NOR´s own database of animal-train-collisions. The RTC records of the last 11 years (jan 2008 – dec 2018) revealed that prioritizing preventive measures against collisions with female reindeer along the Saltfjellet region during winter, especially during the Arctic night, are most promising. This also happens to be the most damaging time of the year for reindeer herders as they struggle to find damaged animals in the dark. Expensive and timeconsuming search efforts are a major concern with regard to animal welfare. Additionally, damaged animals are often – if at all – found long after the accident and can not be brought into Connection with a specific RTC, i.e. the herders can not claim monetary compensation…….