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Farmed soil is under pressure from heavy agricultural machinery. Collaborative efforts between scientists, businesses and advisers aim to find solutions to the problem.  Photo: Per Schjønning

2016.10.12 | Agro

Machine design and crop choice can reduce soil compaction

Heavy agricultural machinery used to cultivate the soil, apply animal manure and harvest crops contributes to the degradation of farmland. Innovation in relation to technology and crops can help remedy this serious problem.

It is possible to grow two crop types at the same time – in separated rows – with promising results. Photo: Yue Xie

2016.10.31 | Food

Grow more crops at the same time

By growing more crops at the same time, organic vegetable farmers can reduce nitrogen loss to the aquatic environment and reduce the need to apply fertilizer in the subsequent year, according to research from Aarhus University.

The effects of pesticide on soil life are modified by fertilisation and tillage. Photo: Colourbox

2016.08.31 | Agro

The effects of pesticides on soil organisms are complex

Research shows that the interactions between pesticides, tillage and fertilisation are complex with respect to effects on the myriad of life forms in the soil. Such interactions should be considered in risk assessment of pesticides.

Last summer scientists from Aarhus University accomplished several preliminary experiments with strawberries grown outdoors and examined e.g. the differences in berry weight and quality according to whether they were packaged in trays or in trays and wrapped with film. Photo: Justyna Wieczynska

2017.06.01 | Food

New type of packaging to reduce food waste

In Denmark we throw away more than 700,000 tons of food every year. Together with colleagues and companies scientists from Aarhus University are in the process of developing and testing new types of packaging solutions to ensure that fresh fruit and vegetables do not rot quite as quickly.

A special group of fungi can support the potato plant when it is stressed by a deficiency of water and nutirents. Photo: Janne Hansen

2016.08.31 | Agro

Fungi can lend a helping hand to potatoes

Life can be difficult for a potato plant when the soil is thirsting for water and nutrients – unless the plant is given a helping hand from a certain group of fungi.

Potato yield can fall if biochar is added to the soil - especially if the soil is deficient in water and phosphorous. Photo: Colourbox

2016.08.31 | Agro

Potatoes and biochar are not friends

Adding biochar to soil can reduce yield in potatoes – particularly if the soil is deficient in phosphorous and water.

Animals in the house are a source of gases, and in practice emissions from livestock and their manure cannot be separated. Photo: AU

2016.08.16 | Agro

New method for quantifying methane emissions from manure management

The EU Commision requires Denmark to reduce drastically emissions of greenhouse gases from agriculture. But it is currently not possible to quantify emissions of methane from livestock manure - and to document effects of changes in management. A new research article addresses this challenge and proposes a method which could be an important step…

To take part in the Innovation Competition 2016, you must submit a good business idea that does not yet involve any registered sales. Photo: Colourbox

2016.08.18 | DCA

The best ideas will win prizes in the Innovation Competition 2016

Agro Business Park has launched the Innovation Competition 2016, which aims to strengthen the development of new products and companies in the biobased sector.

Scientists from Aarhus University are investigating various alternative strategies for protecting crops against diseases, pests and weeds so that pesticide use can be reduced or even dropped. Photo: Colourbox

2016.08.25 | Agro

Fruit, vegetables and potted plants bursting with health

Pesticide consumption in the horticultural sector in Denmark is low compared to other countries, but there is still room for improvement with the aid of new methods that are being developed in collaboration between researchers and the horticultural industry.

2016.08.17 | Anis

Open Farm Day at Aarhus University in Foulum

Aarhus University in Foulum will open its doors to visitors on September 18. Drop by and discover the world of modern farming and research.

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