Past research projects

Elucidation of the role of Tenacibaculum spp. in atypical winter-ulcer in sea-farmed Atlantic salmon in Norway

Tenacibaculosis has recently emerged as a serious disease in Norwegian salmonid aquaculture. The contribution of environmental, management and bacterial factors to outbreaks of tenacibaculosis are unknown. The present study has main focus on increasing knowledge relating to this disease primarily through an epidemiological study aimed at identifying risk factors for development of tenacibaculosis.

Eubothrium - Infections with Eubothrium sp. in Norwegian fish farms: resistance, distribution and impact on fish health and growth.

This project aims to increase knowledge about tapeworm infections in Norwegian fish farms and to create a knowledge base for further research that can result in better management and treatment strategies for such infections. This will aid the farmers in reaching decision on e.g. how to treat tapeworm infections, which in the end will be economically beneficial to the farmer.


The aim is to establish an in vitro gill epithelial model for Atlantic salmon to predict harmful environmental and infective challenges and as a tool to study cellular mechanisms. 

HSMI-CMS-Vacc - Development of vaccines against HSMI and CMS In Atlantic salmon

There is a need for vaccines against HSMI and CMS, as these diseases are causing losses and reduced welfare in Norwegian salmon farming today. Being able to culture virus in cells is the basic step for producing and studying a virus, and allows for testing and production of whole virus vaccines. We aim to develop and optimize culturing methods for PRV and PMCV, which have been difficult to propagate. We have already created a strong basis for this work by being able to culture PRV in fish primary cells.