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Scientists at Aarhus University have investigated how tail docking can be avoided withut running into problems with tail biting. Photo: AU

2014.06.02 | DCA

Better welfare for Danish pigs – naturally

The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries has in March 2014 entered into an agreement with the agricultural industry and other stakeholders on improving pig welfare. DCA research supports the historic, new agreement on several fronts.

European wheat production will probably be affected negatively by the effects of climate change on the weather. Photo: Janne Hansen

2014.06.02 | DCA

Troubled times ahead for European wheat

The higher frequency of extreme weather events caused by climate change will negatively affect European wheat production. This will have serious repercussions for food supply, since Europe is the world's largest producer of wheat.

Scientists have developed at new tool to aid control af potato blight. Photo: Mathias Neumann Andersen

2014.05.20 | DCA

Mapping potato blight in Europe

For the first time ever, scientists have spatially plotted the distribution and diversity of potato blight across Europe on the basis of genetic analysis. The results are displayed in a series of dynamic maps on the web and can provide a basis for the development of new control strategies.

Different varieties of rasberry plants react differently to high temperatures. Photo: Aarhus Universitet

2014.05.14 | DCA

Will rasberries suffer from warmer summers?

Summer and sunshine is what raspberries need when they have to set their flowers and delectable berries. But it can also become too hot for the plants, since some of their physiological properties can be affected.

Organic pig production has its benefits, but there is certainly room for improvement, too. Photo: Janne Hansen

2014.05.20 | DCA

Significant boost to organic pig production

Larger litter sizes and an extra kilo per pig at weaning – this is what scientists are aiming for in a new project where the primary objective is to reduce piglet mortality in organic pig production from 33 to 20 percent.

From 2018, the European Commission and a wide range of organisations are committed to ceasing surgical castration. Scientists at Aarhus University have looked at four alternatives to castration, but none of them are easy to implement in the pig sector at the current time. Photo: Rikke Thomsen, AU

2014.06.04 | Research

No easy alternatives to surgical castration of piglets

Four alternatives to surgical castration of piglets were outlined by scientists from Aarhus University in a comprehensive report – the conclusion is that none of the four alternatives are easy to implement in Danish pig production here and now.

Reducing food loss and waste by 30 percent can reduce the impact on the climate by almost 14,000 tons CO2. Photo: Colourbox

2014.05.06 | DCA

Waste not, want not

A new innovation consortium aims to reduce by 30 per cent the loss and waste from the production of potatoes and vegetables. This will give a much needed boost to the food industry's competitiveness and earnings and make the production more sustainable.

Rewards for changing agricultural practices in developing countries can help ensure food security and reduce greenhouse gas emission. Photo: Janne Hansen

2014.05.06 | DCA

Rewards for sequestering carbon can help improve food security

The global food supply could be made more secure by actively encouraging smallholder farmers in countries that have an insecure food supply to sequester carbon in the soil by altering their cultivation practices. This can also improve soil quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.