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Differences between varieties of organic carrots can already be detected at harvest. Scientists are now systematizing testing of the varieties. Photo: Janne Hansen

2013.10.30 | DCA

Organic vegetable variety range extended

Scientists from Aarhus University are working in close partnership with the industry to extend the range of well-tested organic varieties of vegetables.

Scientists at Aarhus University are leading a project on biological air purification of pig housing combined with local exhaust ventilation. The hope is that odours from pig farming can be significantly reduced. Photo: Jesper Rais

2013.10.23 | DCA

New purification system to trap more odour and ammonia from pig farms

Controlled extraction of air from the slurry channels on pig farms combined with an effective biological treatment is how a new research project will attempt to reduce odour problems and ammonia emissions for employees and the environment.

Blackberries should preferably experience heat and cold at the right times in order to produce many berries. Photo: Helle K. Sørensen

2013.11.01 | DCA

Will a warmer climate be too warm to ensure sufficient winter chill to plants?

Periods of cold, dormancy and warmth at the right time: these are the factors that control most Danish fruiting trees and bushes and cause them to thrive and produce fruit and berries. Climate change could put a stopper to that process.

A number of visitors stopped by AU Aarslev to look at Aarhus University's brand-new climate chambers. Photo: Janne Hansen

2013.10.21 | DCA

Climate phoenix rises from the ashes

Just like the mythological phoenix rose from the ashes, the climate chambers at AU Aarslev, which were destroyed by fire last summer, have now been reborn and are fit for fight. The start-up of the new facilities was commemorated by a celebration on 11 October 2013.

Scientists from Aarhus University have found a certain gene that affects nerve cell activity. Photo: Colourbox

2013.10.16 | DCA

The pig, the fish and the jellyfish: Tracing nervous disorders in humans

Scientists are working across animal species in order to solve some of the riddles of human diseases.

A new research project involving Aarhus University will be testing liquid organic fertilisers on organic fruit and vegetables instead of using solid manure. Photo: Colourbox

2013.10.23 | DCA

Liquid fertilisers to boost the cultivation of organic fruit and vegetables

Scientists at Aarhus University are heading a new research project with fertigation that should result in a larger production of Danish organic fruits and vegetables.

Dairy and cattle research at Aarhus University has been donated more than 14 million DKK from the Milk Levy Fund.

2013.11.01 | Food

Dairy and cattle research at Aarhus University nets 14 million DKK

Thirteen projects on dairy and cattle research at Aarhus University benefit from donations from the Milk Levy Fund to the tune of almost 14.5 million DKK.

Finishers should be given straw in amounts up to 400 g per pig per day to satisfy their needs for exploration and occupation. This is stated in a report from DCA - Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture.

2013.10.22 | Research

How much straw satisfies pigs’ needs for exploration?

Finishing pigs need up to 400 g of straw per pig per day to meet their behavioural needs for manipulation and rooting, according to a study at Aarhus University. But satisfaction of behavioural needs is not the only benefit of straw – pigs also have a higher growth rate and the risk of gastric ulcers is reduced.

The stevia plant contains steviol glycoside which is approx. 300 times sweeter than sugar and contains no calories. It is therefore the obvious choice as a sweetener in foods. Stevia may, however, not be used in food because it is not yet approved as a food additive in the EU. Pure steviol glycoside may not be used in organic products, partly because it has an E number (E-960) and partly because the current production method uses chemical ion exchange for purification.

2013.10.15 | Research

Stevia to be used as a sweetener in organic foods

Scientists from Aarhus University will develop a product based on the South American stevia plant for use as sweetener in organic foods.