Research & development collaborations

Our collaborations

We collaborate with more than 60 different research partners around the world, from governmental institutions to leading universities. Our collaborations are the link between the industrial and academic world, and promote intensive research and recruiting activities, resulting in new knowledge to the development of high performance nutritional solutions and services. Collaborating with leading universities and research institutes ensures participating in some of the most exciting research being conducted around the world. Below you can find concrete examples of this.

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Working with start-ups

An important area of innovation is to identify and prioritise future growth areas. As part of Nutreco, we work closely with the strategic investment team at Nutreco's NuFrontiers - which identifies and invests in start-ups and scale-ups for innovative projects and joint ventures strategically relevant to the industry.

Find out more about NuFrontiers

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SynoProtein aims to develop and demonstrate a carbon-negative process that converts residues from sawmills into single-cell proteins for fish feed, as well as producing biochar for animal feed. 



Flagship demonstration of industrial scale production of nutrient resources from mealworms to develop a bioeconomy

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The objective of EATFish is a sustainable and profitable European aquaculture sector to secure healthy seafood for our growing society.

EU projects

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AquaIMPACT focuses on integrating the fields of fish breeding and nutrition with the aim to promote more cost-effective production of robust, healthy and nutritious farmed fish. Use of novel ingredients and essential nutrients are researched as part of the solution.


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Fish AI

In response to the need to grow aquaculture in a sustainable way and become independent of finite feed ingredients, this project aims to develop an innovative, high-throughput screening tool that will enable the feed industry to predict the health and nutritional value of alternative feed faster and more effectively. 

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ParaFish Control

ParaFishControl is a project focused on improving our understanding of fish-parasite interactions and developing innovative solutions and tools for the prevention, control and mitigation of the most harmful parasitic species affecting farmed fish. 

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The Zelcor project aims at demonstrating the feasibility of transforming lignocellulose biorefinery recalcitrant side streams into high added-value biobased products, including fine chemicals. It's concept is to combine chemical and enzymatic catalysis with insect-based biological conversion, within a biorefinery integrated approach.

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PerformFISH brings together a representative multi-stakeholder, multi-disciplinary consortium to generate, validate and apply new knowledge in real farming conditions to substantially improve performance of the focal fish species, measured through Key Performance Indicators.

Norwegian Seafood Research Fund (FHF) projects

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Aims to improve practices used for smolt production and thereby improve health and welfare, robustness and performance of post-smolts after SW transfer in the farming industry

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Optimal nutrition for salmon in freshwater to increase fish robustness, survival and growth after seawater transfer

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Aims to clarify the importance of dietary EPA in inflammation and immune response in salmon by the use of cell models

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The GutMatters project will conduct investigations on gut health issues in farmed salmon to define the gut health situation and the range of pathologies that exist in Norway, and develop and test hypotheses for improving intestinal health.

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Stable Pigmentation

Study how dietary factors and physiological mechanisms interact and control the pigmentation of salmon muscle.

The Research Council of Norway (NFR) projects

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The aim of this project is to avoid micronutrient deficiencies during early life stages and to increase the growth potential, immune capacity, and decrease liver fat accumulation, fundamental for healthy growth through a) improved 1-C nutrient composition in gonads and eggs and b) smoltification, by optimization the dietary-induced epigenetic regulation of gene expression.

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This project aims to develop novel functional feed ingredients for the aquaculture industry through facilitating the recovery and utilisation of valuable bioactive peptides from the salmon industry in Norway and the sea bass/sea bream industry in Italy.

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Improve skin health, wound healing and resistance to Moritella viscosa in Atlantic salmon by a combined effort of genetics, vaccination and diets. 

Nordic Centre of Excellence Project

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The consortium will establish a Nordic Centre of Excellence for Sustainable and Resilient Aquatic Production (SUREAQUA) to advance the bioeconomy transition in the Nordic region. The multidisciplinary centre will provide competence, innovation and technology to ensure sustainability and resilience in aquatic and associated land-based value chains.

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