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Norwegian Centre for Plankton Technology

The Norwegian Centre for Plankton Technology is an experimental facility that meets international standards for research and development. We offer researchers, students and the industry an opportunity to conduct relevant research on a wide range of plankton organisms.

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The facility includes research within climate, environment, ecology, physiology, water chemistry and microbiology. 

Purpose of the plankton centre 

The centre's goal is to contribute to new knowledge about bio marine production/biomass production and harvesting of plankton biomass from the sea. NTNU and SINTEF Ocean operates the centre and can through this offer relevant expertise to users of the infrastructure. 

The centre has five nodes 

The centre has five nodes that address the following: microalgae, macroalgae seedlings, zooplankton cultivation, biomass and harvest estimation, and biomass processing. You can read more about these five nodes in the above menu. 

Here we can cultivate a variety of microalgae species. We cultivate microalgae that can be used as feed for zooplankton, as feed fractions, and for bioprospecting.

An experimental room for microalgae

  • Stock cultures of different species
  • Small-scale cultivation in 5-litre containers
  • Large-scale cultivation in 200-litre cylinders

An experimental room for zooplankton

We work with different species of copepods, Artemia, rotifers and gammarids with the aim of developing technologies for stable and predictable zooplankton production.

  • A recirculation system for live feed cultivation
  • Automatic counting of live feed organisms
  • An automatic cultivation system

An experimental room for fish larvae and smolt

We carry out start-feed experiments on marine fish larvae, focusing on new technologies in the fields of microbial water quality and live feed quality.


  • Start-feed under different water quality conditions
  • Small-scale start-feeding

Contact information

Brattørkaia 17c
7010 Trondheim