Our research centers around optimizing feed for optimal fish health and welfare and explores how requirements change during stress, diseases, production methods, environmental factors and more. Can feed be improved to cope with these stressors? Moreover, we study how different feeds, feed ingredients and additives can satisfy the nutrient requirements of the fish whilst minimizing the direct environmental effects around the farm and the environmental footprint of the feed materials.
The Institute of Marine Research is constantly improving its broad range of nutrient analysis (e.g. amino acids, fatty acids, minerals, lipid and vitamins) in feed and biological material which provides us with unprecedented possibilities for nutrition studies.
In our research facilities we can study fish nutrition under controlled environmental conditions (water chemistry, oxygen concentration, temperature, etc.) but we also use ex vivo and in vitro models to deepen our understanding of underlaying mechanisms at tissue or cellular level.
Species: Atlantic salmon, Atlantic halibut, Atlantic cod, ballan wrasse, lumpsucker, zebrafish, plaice, tilapia, carp and seabream.
All life-stages: eggs, larvae, juveniles, grow-out, broodstock, both in freshwater and seawater