PROMICROBE - SINTEF, Fisheries & Aquaculture Dept.


SINTEF is a multidisciplinary research organisation that finds intelligent, profitable solutions for the public and private sectors' needs based on research and development in technology, the natural sciences, medicine and the social sciences. SINTEF collaborates closely with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the University of Oslo. SINTEF has extensive experience in the coordination and management of national and international research projects, including EU-funded projects. The SINTEF Group includes five legal entities; the SINTEF Foundation with five institutes, and four fully controlled daughter organizations.

SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture is one of the four daughter organizations of the SINTEF Group. SINTEF-FA has 105 employees and possesses a wide range of expertise and know-how in exploiting renewable marine resources. The institute comprises five departments, whereof the Department of Marine Resources technology has been involved in marine larviculture research since the mid 1980ies and is in charge of highly specialized laboratories for technological and experimental work within live feed and marine juvenile production. Together with NTNU, SINTEF has been a pioneer in developing biological knowledge and technology for intensive rearing of coldwater species such as cod.

Tasks within the project

Within this project SINTEF-FA will contribute to different tasks in WP1, WP2, WP3 & WP4 

Experience relative to the tasks

SINTEF-FA has a broad experience in larviculture of marine fish; within both basic and applied research. The research group has strong expertise in larval development, larval physiology, live feed production and nutritional and microbial interactions between larval feeds and fish larvae. During the last years the partner has accomplished several research projects relevant to this project for both industry and governmental bodies.

Staff profile

Dr. Jorunn Skjermo
is an expert in microbial management in intensive production of marine fish fry, with emphasis on immunostimulation and probiotic approaches.
Dr. Trond R. Størseth
is an expert in the use of NMR, MAS-NMR, HPLC, HPTLC, cultivation and extraction techniques in bioprospecting and metabolomics.
Dr. Trina Galloway
is an expert in larval fish muscle growth and development, and has worked with fish larval nutrition
Dr. Gunvor Øie
is an expert in live feed production and larvi­culture technology, and has during the last 10 years been involved in development of first feeding technology of Atlantic cod.
Dr. Kjell Inge Reitan
is an expert in live feed production and fish larval physiology, especially interactions between microalgae, zooplankton and fish larvae.

SINTEF-FA has participated in many European Framework Programs both in FP5 and FP6. The most recent ones are PROBE (Q5RS-2000-31457), POCEFF (Q5CR-2002-72468) and Rotigen (Q5RS-2002-01302).

Relevant publications