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The Norwegian University of Life science is a public university located in Ås, Norway.It is located at Ås in Akershus, near Oslo, and at Adamstuen in Oslo and has around 5000 students. The university is known for its beautiful campuses, with spectacular, big and old trees, as well as ponds, flowers and bushes. Wikipedia.

Sapci Z.,Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Bioresource Technology | Year: 2013

Biogas production from microwave-pretreated agricultural residual straws that are used as feedstock was investigated in a laboratory batch study. Barley, spring wheat, winter wheat and oat straw were examined. To investigate the effect of changing the physicochemical structure of the straws on biogas production, the pretreatment processes were applied to two sample groups. The first group contained milled straw and the second group comprised milled wet straw that was prepared by the addition of deionized water. Both groups were subjected to microwave irradiation until oven temperatures of 200 or 300°C were attained. Sixty-six identical batch anaerobic reactors were run under mesophilic conditions for 60. days. Preliminary test results showed that the microwave pretreatment of the different straws did not improve their anaerobic digestion. An increase in the treatment temperature led to lower biogas production levels. An inverse relationship between the thermal conversion yield and cumulative biogas production was observed. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Angelsen A.,Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America | Year: 2010

Policies to effectively reduce deforestation are discussed within a land rent (von Thünen) framework. The first set of policies attempts to reduce the rent of extensive agriculture, either by neglecting extension, marketing, and infrastructure, generating alternative income opportunities, stimulating intensive agricultural production or by reforming land tenure. The second set aims to increase either extractive or protective forest rent and - more importantly - create institutions (community forest management) or markets (payment for environmental services) that enable land users to capture a larger share of the protective forest rent. The third set aims to limit forest conversion directly by establishing protected areas. Many of these policy options present local win-lose scenarios between forest conservation and agricultural production. Local yield increases tend to stimulate agricultural encroachment, contrary to the logic of the global food equation that suggests yield increases take pressure off forests. At national and global scales, however, policy makers are presented with a more pleasant scenario. Agricultural production in developing countries has increased by 3.3-3.4% annually over the last 2 decades, whereas gross deforestation has increased agricultural area by only 0.3%, suggesting a minor role of forest conversion in overall agricultural production. A spatial delinking of remaining forests and intensive production areas should also help reconcile conservation and production goals in the future. Source

Marchetti J.M.,Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Energy Conversion and Management | Year: 2013

Biodiesel has becoming more and more relevant in today's society and economy due to its environmental advantages such as biodegradability, lower CO and CO2 emissions as well as less particulate pollutants. In this work the study of market and economic variables is presented and their effects compared when biodiesel is being produced using a supercritical technology. The production process is based on a supercritical technology with no catalyst and no co-solvent. Price for the raw materials, such as price for the alcohol as well as the oil has been studied. Also, selling price for biodiesel as well as glycerin has been analyzed and compared with prices from other biodiesel production technologies. Economic decisions such as percentage of failure in the production process, investment in research and development, and advertisement have been evaluated; also it has been considered the influence of the tax incentives on the global economy of the production process. Small variations on some of the major market variables would produce significant effects over the global economy of the plant, making it non profitable in some cases. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

Olsen J.E.,Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Plant Molecular Biology | Year: 2010

In woody species cycling between growth and dormancy must be precisely synchronized with the seasonal climatic variations. Cessation of apical growth, resulting from exposure to short photoperiod (SD) and altered light quality, is gating the chain of events resulting in bud dormancy and cold hardiness. The relative importance of these light parameters, sensed by phytochromes and possibly a blue light receptor, varies with latitude. Early in SD, changes in expression of light signaling components dominate. In Populus active shoot elongation is linked to high expression of FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) resulting from coincidence of high levels of CONSTANS and light at the end of days longer than a critical one. In Picea, PaFT4 expression increases substantially in response to SD. Thus, in contrast to Populus-FT,PaFT4 appears to function in inhibition of shoot elongation or promotion of growth cessation. Accordingly, different FT-genes appear to have opposite effects in photoperiodic control of shoot elongation. Reduction in gibberellin under SD is involved in control of growth cessation and bud formation, but not further dormancy development. Coinciding with formation of a closed bud, abscisic acid activity increases and cell-proliferation genes are down-regulated. When dormancy is established very few changes in gene expression occur. Thus, maintenance of dormancy is not dependent on comprehensive transcriptional regulation. In some species low temperature induces growth cessation and dormancy, in others temperature affects photoperiod requirement. The temperature under SD affects both the rate of growth cessation, bud formation and depth of dormancy. As yet, information on the molecular basis of these responses to temperature is scarce. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. Source

Liland K.H.,Norwegian University of Life Sciences
TrAC - Trends in Analytical Chemistry | Year: 2011

This article presents some of the multivariate methods used in metabolomics, and addresses many of the data types and associated analyses of current instrumentation and applications seen from the point of view of data analysis. I cover most of the statistical pipeline - from pre-processing to the final results of statistical analysis (i.e. pre-processing of the data, regression, classification, clustering, validation and related subjects). Most emphasis is on descriptions of the methods, their advantages and weaknesses, and their usefulness in metabolomics. Of course, the selection of methods presented is not an exhaustive, but should shed some light on some of the more popular and relevant. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. Source

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