Our competence in microbiology, molecular biology and analytical chemistry contributes to the further development of Norway’s primary industries: oil and gas and fisheries and aquaculture. Bio economics – biological resources in the production of food, energy and products in a sustainable cycle is a strategically important area for IRIS.
We have initiated a number of projects that focus on the exploitation of residual raw material form industry and food production. One example of this is residual products from milk production, which can be converted by biodegradation and fermentation into protein that can be used in animal feed.
Breaking down oil spills in the Arctic
In 2015, work commenced on contingency plans for Arctic oil countermeasures and biotechnology and a research team from IRIS participated in extensive field work in Svalbard over the winter and spring period. The IRIS project is part of a major initiative in Arctic oil countermeasures financed by IOGP, the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers, and involves the breakdown of crude oil in the Arctic environment. The researchers are investigating the composition of microbial populations and their influence on the biological degradation of crude oil in the Arctic marine environment, including sea ice, and the effect of different oil countermeasures technologies. This work has much in common with the MOAB project above.
Strong industrial relevance is the basis for IRIS Environment’s focus on gas fermentation as an activity that must be focused on both nationally and internationally.