Biomass

  • Seaweed.
    Photo
    Rune Gustavsen, NMBU

Future animal feeds should be based on sustainable feed sources that do not compete directly with human food, such as macroalgae, grass and trees.

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Biomass

Trees

We have limited land area and limited climatic conditions in Norway to grow feed grains and protein-rich crops such as peas and beans on a large scale, but we are in a unique position with large amounts of renewable biological resources from forest. We can convert these resources into feed using new technology.

Macroalgae

Seaweeds (macroalgae)are one of our the largest unexploited biomass resources and among the fastest-growing plants in the world. They grow rapidly under cold water conditions and provide a large potential for value creation. By exploiting seaweeds for animal feed, we can also increase national food security.

Grass

In Norway, timothy and meadow fescues are the dominant grasses cultivated, and together with clover they are the main sources of energy in diets for ruminants. Improving the digestibility of grass will have a large impact on resource utilization, feed efficiency, and feed cost.

Published 9. September 2015 - 14:10 - Updated 11. September 2015 - 10:14