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Honey bee in oregano. Photo: Claus Rasmussen

2021.04.28 | DCA - Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture, Sustainability

Researchers evaluate the competition for food plants between honey bees and other bees in Denmark

Overlap of food and the Danish list of threatened species (red list) can help to guide action plans and management of bees in nature areas in Denmark, new research from leading European bee researchers from Aarhus University, among others, shows.

Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Foto.

2021.04.28 | DCA - Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture

Green demonstration plant ravaged by fire

A building at AU Foulum, which among other things houses a demonstration plant for biorefining, was ravaged by fire on Tuesday night. Despite damage to the building, the researchers expect that the experimental activities will be able to resume within two weeks.

Lucerne in the field. Photo: Colourbox

2021.04.28 | Department of Agroecology

Lucerne and chicory have the potential to loosen compacted subsoil

Using a medical CT scanner in a laboratory experiment, researchers have assessed the ability of five crops to loosen heavily compacted soil caused by heavy machinery. Long-term cultivation of lucerne and chicory show great potential for mitigating subsoil compaction.

The main reactor at AU Foulum, where the initial development of the methanation system was carried out. In the InjectMe project, the project partners have designed a custom-built reactor that makes it possible to further develop the technology. Photo: AU Foto.

2021.04.28 | AU Engineering, Sustainability

CO2 conversion using a new Power-to-X system

Using excess electricity from wind and solar power, and CO2 from biogas, a new research and development project is aiming to produce biomethane in a pilot-scale experiment. The experiment is an important step in the Power-to-X technology that may give exports of Danish technology a green future.

PipeSense is being funded by Innovation Fund Denmark with DKK 13.6 million and it has a total budget of almost DKK 18.6 million. The project includes four Danish partners: Logstor A/S, Creative Sight ApS, Aalborg University and Aarhus University. Photo: Aarhus Universitet

2021.04.21 | AU Engineering

Smart sensors to provide real time data for optimized operation of the district heating grid

Researchers from the universities in Aarhus and Aalborg are working closely with leading companies to develop intelligent, battery-less sensors that communicate wirelessly to an autonomous cloud-based monitoring system.

2021.04.14 | DCA - Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture, Sustainability

Can we produce nutritional and sustainable milk in the laboratory?

Aarhus University in Foulum leads a new and exciting project which is to form the basis for producing sustainable milk in the laboratory as an alternative to cow’s milk. The project is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Photo: AU Foto

2021.04.14 | DCA - Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture

New model predicts harvest date as well as the efficiency of cover crops

As a policy support response to the Danish Agency for Agriculture, researchers from Aarhus University have created a model that, based on air temperature, can estimate harvest dates for spring barley and winter wheat. And in an article in "Field Crops Research", the same researchers have used the model to show how the harvest date for crops can be…

"I simply think we need more female role models and mentors who can inspire young women in their career choices already at very early stages," says Professor Selin Kara. Photo: AU Foto.

2021.04.14 | AU Engineering, Sustainability

New professor sees plenty of opportunities for women to power the green transition

Selin Kara is a new professor at the Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering at Aarhus University, where her research aims at using natural processes as a substitute for one of the world's most polluting industries. She wants to see more women in engineering and other STEM programmes, but there is a lack of role models, she says.

Photo: C. Earl

2021.04.13 | Department of Food Science, Sustainability

DKK 30 million for research into the foods of the future

Professor Milena Corredig from the Department of Food Science at Aarhus University will receive a grant of DKK 30 million from the VILLUM FOUNDATION. The grant will be used for research within future food processes.

Photo: Ari Kejonen (Pixabay.com)

2021.04.12 | DCA - Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture

RUMIGEN – improving breeding of ruminant animals through genomics, epigenomics and ‘rooms of acceptance’

Researchers from Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics (QGG) participate in a new EU Horizon2020 project – RUMIGEN – which aims at developing more sustainable breeding programs and linked technologies in line with social demand, adding a novel, societal dimension defined as ‘room of acceptance’ to the project goals.

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