More frequent extreme droughts result in significant crop losses
A large international drought experiment reveals that the effects of extreme drought have been significantly underestimated, particularly in ecosystems crucial for pastoralism and global food production.
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Strengthening Tanzanian agriculture through sustainable soil management
On the 14th of February, NIBIO and the Tanzanian Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) signed an agreement in the presence of Tanzanian and Norwegian government officials at Klimahuset in Oslo, Norway. The new project ClimaSoilHealth aims to enhance Tanzania’s ability to manage soil health in a sustainable way, thus improving the livelihoods of the country’s many smallholders.
What motivates forest owners to engage in early harvesting?
Healthy forests that grow well provide the highest timber yield, and capture the most carbon, when allowed to reach maturity before the final harvest. Nevertheless, many Norwegian forest owners choose to harvest their forest at an earlier timepoint. Why? A new survey indicates that other factors, such as forest damage, changes in land use, and the fact that neighbours are conducting logging, are the primary motivations for an early harvest. Acute financial needs, or a desire to swap tree species, are rarely the reasons for early harvesting.
Fewer, but larger farms in Northern Norway
Over the last 20 years, there has been a significant decline in active farms in Northern Norway. Approximately half of them have been shut down. Nevertheless, production has remained relatively stable due to larger farms and increased yield per animal, but this could change.
Surprising discovery of pharmaceutical residues in Norwegian food waste
New research reveals that recycled food waste may be contaminated with pharmaceutical residues. The good news is that fungi cultivated in biogas digestate show minimal absorption of these contaminants. On February 16, Astrid Solvåg Nesse will defend her PhD dissertation at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).