Rune Waagbø

Director of Research
Telephone: 48185036
Department: Fiskeernæring 1022

I am head of research for the section Requirement and Welfare NIFES, and I have been involved in studies and experiments concerning feed ingredients, fish nutrition, micronutrient requirements, and fish health and welfare aspects since the nineties. I am holding the position as Editor in Chief for the international journal Aquaculture Nutrition (Wiley-Blackwell, UK), besides being a part-time professor at the University of Bergen.



Subject area
Projects
Scientific publications


Feed ingredients represent about half of current investment in aquaculture, and they are correspondingly significant for future increased value in the industry. Changes in the use of raw materials in fish feed can lead to unforeseen challenges in commercial farming. These may depend on nutrient deficiencies as a result of unfavorable nutrient composition, reduced digestibility or unexpected interactions with environmental parameters. My research has focused on feed resources, the need for nutrients and production disorders, such as cataracts, bone deformities, gut health, heart disease and other disorders in salmon and other farmed species. These disorders are recurrently observed in the commercial farming when new feed ingredients have been introduced in the aquaculture industry. In the research we have used different modern analytical methods, from gene expression, metabolomics, proteomics, organ culture and to feeding fish at population level. Often we need to retrieve external expertise, for example from various human research environments. Research and expertise gained in the research projects are communicated to industry, government and regulatory authorities, and in teaching at the University of Bergen. < / P >



I have participated in the Institute's climate research, with studies of feed composition and feeding routines under various climate related farming conditions. The aim is to advise the government, aquaculture industry and food authorities to a proper handling of fish farming in climate vulnerable fjord systems and regions to ensure optimal production, fish welfare and not least environmental impact. The research focus of the network of researchers and projects at the institute until now has been to understand how the fish can better cope climate-related environmental parameters such as variable water temperatures and water gases by studying growth and metabolism, nutritional status, endocrine regulation and health. < / P >



Fish welfare and health is an important part of the sustainability concept. The section includes health-related research on new feed ingredients and altered farming conditions, both in terms of revision of nutrient requirements, unfavorable anti-nutrients/toxicants and by introducing functional components in the feed (to cover needs as well as health and growth promoters). Challenges here will be in antioxidants and toxicants and the search for appropriate health markers. < / P


  • 2016


    Per Gunnar Fjelldal, Tom Johnny Hansen, Erik-Jan Lock, Anna Wargelius, Thomas Fraser, Florian Sambraus, A. El-Mowafi, Sissel Albrektsen, Rune Waagbø, Robin Ørnsrud

    Increased dietary phosphorous prevents vertebral deformities in triploid Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.)

    Aquaculture Nutrition; Volum 22.(1) S. 72-90
    • År: 2016
  • 2015


    Nina Sylvia Liland, Bjarne Hatlen, Harald Rune Takle, Claudia Venegas, Marit Espe, Bente Elisabeth Torstensen, Rune Waagbø

    Including processed poultry and porcine by-products in diets high in plant ingredients reduced liver TAG in Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar L.

    Aquaculture Nutrition; Volum 21.(5) S. 655-669
    • År: 2015

    Ann-Cecilie Hansen, Rune Waagbø, Gro Ingunn Hemre

    New B vitamin recommendations in fish when fed plant-based diets

    Aquaculture Nutrition; Volum 21.(5) S. 507-527
    • År: 2015

    Linda Beate Jensen, S. Boltana, A Obach, Charles McGurk, Rune Waagbø, S Mackenzie

    Investigating the underlying mechanisms of temperature-related skin diseases in Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar L., as measured by quantitative histology, skin transcriptomics and composition

    Journal of Fish Diseases; Volum 38.(11) S. 977-992
    • År: 2015

    Bjarne Hatlen, Jan Vidar Jakobsen, V. Crampton, M. Alm, Eyolf Langmyhr, Marit Espe, Ernst Morten Hevrøy, Bente Elisabeth Torstensen, Nina Sylvia Liland, Rune Waagbø

    Growth, feed utilization and endocrine responses in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) fed diets added poultry by-product meal and blood meal in combination with poultry oil

    Aquaculture Nutrition; Volum 21.(5) S. 714-725
    • År: 2015

    Pål Asgeir Olsvik, Marc Berntssen, Rune Waagbø, Ernst Morten Hevrøy, Liv Ingeborg Rosvoll Søfteland

    The mining chemical Polydadmac is cytotoxic but does not interferewith Cu-induced toxicity in Atlantic salmon hepatocytes

    Toxicology in Vitro; Volum 30. S. 492-505
    • År: 2015

    Liv Ingeborg Rosvoll Søfteland, Marc Berntssen, Jennifer A. Kirwan, Trond Røvik Størseth, Mark.R. Viant, Bente Elisabeth Torstensen, Rune Waagbø, Pål Asgeir Olsvik

    Omega-3 and alpha-tocopherol provide more protection against contaminants in novel feeds for Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) than omega-6 and gamma tocopherol

    Toxicology reports;
    • År: 2015

    John F. Taylor, Rune Waagbø, Meritxell Diez-Padrisa, Patrick Campbell, Jamie Walton, Dougie Hunter, Chessor Matthew, Hervé Migaud

    Adult triploid Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) have higher dietary histidine requirements to prevent cataract development in seawater

    Aquaculture Nutrition; Volum 21.(1) S. 18-32
    • År: 2015

    Vibeke Vikeså, Leo Nankervis, Sofie C. Remø, Rune Waagbø, Ernst Morten Hevrøy

    Pre and postprandial regulation of ghrelin, amino acids and IGF1 in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) at optimal and elevated seawater temperatures

    Aquaculture; Volum 438. S. 159-169
    • År: 2015

    Ernst Morten Hevrøy, Cristian K. Tipsmark, Sofie C. Remø, Tom Johnny Hansen, Miki Fukuda, Thomas Torgersen, Vibeke Vikeså, Pål Asgeir Olsvik, Rune Waagbø, Munetaka Shimizu

    Role of the GH-IGF-1 system in Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout postsmolts at elevated water temperature

    Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A; Volum 188. S. 127-138
    • År: 2015

    Linda Beate Jensen, Thomas Wahli, Charles McGurk, Tommy Eriksen, Alex Obach, Rune Waagbø, Ana Handler, Carolina Tafalla

    Effect of temperature and diet on wound healing in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.)

    Fish Physiology & Biochemistry; Volum 41.(6) S. 1527-1543
    • År: 2015
  • 2014


    Liv Ingeborg Rosvoll Søfteland, Jennifer A. Kirwan, Tiago S.F. Hori, Trond Røvik Størseth, Ulf Sommer, Marc Berntssen, Mark.R. Viant, Matthew L. Rise, Rune Waagbø, Bente Elisabeth Torstensen, Marije Booman, Pål Asgeir Olsvik

    Toxicological effect of single contaminants and contaminant mixtures associated with plant ingredients in novel salmon feeds

    Food and Chemical Toxicology; Volum 73. S. 157-174
    • År: 2014

    Marc Berntssen, Stig Valdersnes, Bjørn Tore Lunestad, Bjarne Hatlen, Martin Alm, Rune Waagbø, Louise Buttle

    Residue levels of enrofloxacin and ciprofloxacin in processed animal by-products used in Atlantic salmon feeds and their long-term carry-over to the edible part of the fish

    Aquaculture Nutrition;
    • År: 2014

    Sofie C. Remø, Ernst Morten Hevrøy, Pål Asgeir Olsvik, Ramón Fontanillas, Olav Breck, Rune Waagbø

    Dietary histidine requirement to reduce the risk and severity of cataracts is higher than the requirement for growth in Atlantic salmon smolts, independently of the dietary lipid source

    British Journal of Nutrition; Volum 111.(10) S. 1759-1772
    • År: 2014
  • 2013


    Rune Waagbø, Marc Berntssen, Trine Danielsen, Hege Hellberg, Anna Lena Kleppa, Trygve Berg Lea, Grethe Rosenlund, Leif Tvenning, S. Susort, Vibeke Vikeså, Olav Breck

    Feeding Atlantic salmon diets with plant ingredients during the seawater phase - a full-scale net production of marine protein with focus on biological performance, welfare, product quality and safety

    Aquaculture Nutrition; Volum 19.(4) S. 598-618
    • År: 2013

    Nini Sissener, Kåre Julshamn, Marit Espe, Bjørn Tore Lunestad, Gro Ingunn Hemre, Rune Waagbø, Amund Måge

    Surveillance of selected nutrients, additives and undesirables in commercial Norwegian fish feeds in the years 2000–2010

    Aquaculture Nutrition; Volum 19.(4) S. 555-572
    • År: 2013

    Ernst Morten Hevrøy, Christine Hunskår, Stefan de Gelder, Munetaka Shimizu, Rune Waagbø, Olav Breck, Harald Rune Takle, Sissel Sussort, Tom Johnny Hansen

    GH-IGF system regulation of attenuated muscle growth and lipolysis in Atlantic salmon reared at elevated sea temperatures

    Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology; Volum 183.(2) S. 243-259
    • År: 2013

    Robin Ørnsrud, Erik-Jan Lock, Rune Waagbø, Christel Krossøy, Per Gunnar Fjelldal

    Establishing an upper level of intake for vitamin A in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) postsmolts

    Aquaculture Nutrition; Volum 19.(5) S. 651-664
    • År: 2013

    Nina Sylvia Liland, Marit Espe, Grethe Rosenlund, Rune Waagbø, Jan Idar Hjelle, Øyvind Lie, Ramon Fontanillas, Bente Elisabeth Torstensen

    High levels of dietary phytosterols affect lipid metabolism and increase liver and plasma TAG in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.)

    British Journal of Nutrition; Volum 110.(11) S. 1958-1967
    • År: 2013

    Pål Asgeir Olsvik, Gro Ingunn Hemre, Rune Waagbø

    Exploring Early Micronutrient Deficiencies in Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) by Next-Generation Sequencing Technology - From Black Box to Functional Genomics

    PLoS ONE; Volum 8.(7)
    • År: 2013
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