Research area


This is an integrated part of a research group with expertise in marine ingredients.

This interaction and collaboration enables us to provide our clients extra support and product knowledge far in excess of what you will receive from an ordinary commercial analysis company.

We offer analytical services within the areas of chemistry, microbiology, biology and technical characteristics.

BioLab Analyse is a contract and research laboratory which carries out around 50,000 analyses per annum for Norwegian and overseas enterprises.

The laboratory is operational year-round, providing prompt and high quality results and excellent customer service.

As part of our analytical activities, we can also offer advice to our clients about analysis choice, scale and interpretation. We have considerable knowledge about raw materials, process development and products within the areas of marine ingredients, feed and aquaculture. We guarantee that all contracts will be handled confidentially.

The quality system for the analytical laboratory is based on the ISO 17025 standard and the laboratory is accredited by Norwegian Accreditation with accreditation number TEST045.

Analytical services

Proximate analyses

  • Crude protein
  • Water/dry matter
  • Ash
  • Fat
  • Carbohydrates* (calculated by difference)

Chemical analyses of protein and other nitrogen compounds

  • Crude protein/ total nitrogen (Kjeldahl and combustion)
  • Water soluble crude protein
  • Total volatile nitrogen
  • Trimethylamine and Trimethylamine oxide*
  • Amino acids* (total and free amino acids)
  • Cadaverine
  • Histamine
  • Pepsin digestibility*

Chemical analyses of lipids and oils

  • Free fatty acids
  • Fatty acid profile*
  • Trans fatty acids*
  • Lipid classes*
  • Water in oils
  • Impurities in oils
  • Anisidine value
  • Peroxide value
  • Chemiluminiscence*
  • Iodine value
  • Unsaponifiable Matter*

Microbiological analyses in feed and food

  • Salmonella
  • Total plate count
  • Enterobacteriaceae
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Anaerobic sulphite-reducing bacteria*
  • Mould*
  • Yeast*
  • Coliform bacteria
  • Bacillus cereus*
  • Bacillus, lecithin splitting*
  • E. coli
  • Listeria monocytogenes*
  • Staphylococcus aureus*

Biological analyses in feed and feed ingredients

  • Protein digestibility* (with mink)
  • Energy digestibility* (with mink)
  • Lipid digestibility* (with mink)
  • We can also carry out other types of feeding tests with mink and fish (salmonids and marine fish)*

Physical tests

  • Particle distribution* (sieving or microscopic)
  • Gross energy*
  • Viscosity*
  • Water activity*
  • Melting point in lipids and oils* (slip point)
  • Durability of feed pellets* (pneumatic or mechanic)
  • Hardness of feed pellets*
  • Sinking rate of feed pellets*
  • Lipid absorption in feed pellets*

Mineral analyses

  • Na, P, Cr, Fe, K, Ca, Mg, Zn, Cu *

Other analyses

  • Free astaxanthin in fish feed
  • Cantaxanthin in fish feed*
  • Starch* (total and gelatinised)
  • Ethoxyquin in feedstuffs*
  • Suspended organic solids*
  • Salt
  • Vitamin A*
  • Vitamin E*
  • Formaldehyd*

Analyses marked with * are not accredited.


Analytical services within the areas of chemistry, microbiology, biology and technical characteristics. Photo: Frank Gregersen
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Analytical services within the areas of chemistry, microbiology, biology and technical characteristics.