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Barley and other kinds of grain can be used to produce environmentally friendly plastic. Photo: Janne Hansen

2013.09.25 | Crops

Plastic fantastic from plants

Plants can be used as natural factories for the production of biofriendly plastics. Scientists from Aarhus University have launched a project where they will expand the diversity of products coming off the plant’s production line.

The harlequin ladybird is an exotic species in Denmark and can threaten the Danish population of ladybirds. Photo: S. Harding

2013.09.25 | Pests

New natural enemy discovered in invasive ladybird

Scientists from Aarhus University have discovered a new species of roundworm living as parasites in the harlequin ladybird. The ladybird competes with other species of ladybirds in nature and is a nuisance in Danish homes in the autumn – but the roundworm may be able to keep the population in check.

Agriculture can save a great deal of phosphorous fertilizer with a better knowledge of the phosphorous content of waste products. This would benefit the environment. Photo: Janne Hansen

2013.09.18 | Crops

Imports of fertiliser phosphorus can be drastically reduced

A better understanding of the content and availability of phosphorus in waste products can help farmers reduce imports of phosphorus for crop fertilisation by two thirds.

The digestibility of cereals can be improved by combining the right varieties with specific enzymes. Foto: Janne Hansen

2013.09.18 | Crops

Improving feed digestibility saves resources

The right combination of cereals and enzymes can improve feed digestibility and benefit the environment, animal health and the economy.

Wholegrain bread is healthier than white bread - but why? Photo: Colourbox

2013.09.18 | Food

Fibre-rich food is good for you – but why?

It is healthier to eat wholegrain bread rather than bread made from refined white flour – but why is that so? Scientists from Aarhus University have studied the underlying mechanisms.

The surplus of nutrients from agriculture has been falling steadily over the past 20 years. Photo: Janne Hansen

2013.09.15 | Research

New inventory of agricultural nutrient surpluses

Despite significant fluctuations in harvest yields and the import of commercial fertilisers in recent years, a new inventory of agricultural surpluses of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium for 2011/2012 shows that surpluses have remained largely unchanged compared to the average of the last five years.

Agriculture is obligated to reduce its impact on the environment. In an experiment at AU Foulum, scientists have in a small trial repeated international experiments with the supplementation of nitrate to cattle feed and reduced methane emissions by up to 20 per cent. Photo: Jesper Rais

2013.09.12 | Research

Adding nitrate to dairy cow ration reduces methane emissions

In a new project at AU Foulum the target is a 20 per cent reduction in methane emissions in cow burps. This could seriously reduce the agricultural impact on the climate.

Hanne Damgaard Poulsen has with effect from 1 September 2013 been appointed professor of environmental impacts of animal production in the Department of Animal Science at Aarhus University. Photo: Søren Tobberup, AU

2013.10.02 | Research

New professor in animal science with environmental focus

With effect from 1 September Hanne Damgaard Poulsen from the Department of Animal Science at Aarhus University has been appointed professor with special responsibilities (mso) in environmental impacts of animal production.

Head of department Erik Steen Kristensen, Department of Agroecology, is strengthening his department with the appointment of several new professors. Photo: Janne Hansen

2013.09.11 | Research

Boost to research in agroecology

The Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University revs up its research with the creation of several new professorships.