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2014.03.27 | DCA

Popular report about soybean and palm oil now in English

A frequently cited report from DCA – National Centre for Food and Agriculture regarding soybean and palm oil production has now been published in English.

Professor Per Kudsk has become an honourary member of the Weed Science Society of America.

2014.03.27 | DCA

Honorary award to professor Per Kudsk

Professor Per Kudsk from Aarhus University has been bestowed an Honorary Member Award by the Weed Science Society of America.

Does it matter if carrots or other foods come from a specific area? Photo: Janne Hansen

2014.03.26 | DCA

Do carrots carry a sense of place?

Does the taste, nutritional value or the perception of the quality of a commodity differ when you know it has come from a certain place? A new report from DCA – Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture provides an overview.

Without further scientific study it is not possible to assess whether farm animals at sensitive stages of their life are at risk of adverse effects from the glyphosate residues that can be found in imported or home-grown feed. Photo: Janne Hansen

2014.05.19 | DCA

Further investigations needed on the effect of glyphosate on livestock health

- There is a need for further investigations to clarify if glyphosate (the active compound in Roundup and similar pesticides) residues in feed may affect the health of livestock; particularly in animals in sensitive physiological and productive phases, say scientists from Aarhus University, Denmark.

Many Danes are positive about the idea that food offered from public kitchens should be organic. Photo: Colourbox

2014.03.21 | DCA

Mission: 300,000 organic publically catered meals per day

The government wishes to increase the share of organic meals in public catering kitchens. But is this what Danes really want? And how well do consumers understand the Organic Cuisine labels?

Nudging can lead consumers in a direction in which they buy and eat healthy food. Photo: Colourbox

2014.03.21 | DCA

A nudge towards healthier choices

How do you get consumers to make healthy food choices? By nudging, apparently. Scientists from Aarhus University have reviewed the available literature in the field.

There are different forms of erosion. The slope factor is primarily aimed at reducing the risk of water erosion such as can occur when rain and snowmelt runs down sloping, unprotected land.
The global rise in temperatures means that there will be a higher frequency of the most extreme rainfalls and storms in Denmark than in the past. This increases the risk of erosion.
Sowing of winter crops increases the risk of water erosion compared to an untilled soil. The best soil protection is achieved by a cover of perennial plants.
The pictures show Danish fields. After periods of rain and snowmelt on frozen ground, erosion will often be so serious that the future ability to grow food on the area will be severely impaired.
The images show typical examples of soil erosion that has occurred in autumn-sown fields where there has been insufficient vegetation to protect the soil.

2014.03.14 | Research

Better erosion risk tools needed

There is a need for better tools to identify areas threatened by erosion, but also for a discussion of how much degradation of agricultural land society is willing to accept.

Scientists have found gene variants in Danish pigs that have a negative effect on the pigs' immunity. Photo: Janne Hansen

2014.03.12 | DCA

New approach to the reduction of disease-related piglet mortality

Pigs often carry a particular kind of genetic variation that affects their survival and health. Scientists from Aarhus University have developed a genetic tool that should make it possible to breed the way out of the problem.

Breeding of Jersey and Nordic Red Cattle in Denmark, Sweden and Finland can be given a major boost with the aid of a new genomics tool. Photo: Janne Hansen

2014.03.06 | DCA

Nordic cattle breeds to be given a genetic boost

The relatively small population sizes of the dairy breeds Jersey and Nordic Red Cattle in the Nordic countries pose challenges in using genomic selection to increase genetic progress. A new scientific project aims at improving the methodology using in genomic prediction. Animal health, welfare and production will benefit.

Bioactive compounds from the seeds and leaves of industrial hemp will be used in a new research project to reduce the incidence of diarrhoea and high mortality of piglets. Hemp contains protein, fibre and fatty acids of a very high nutritional value. Photo: Janne Hansen, AU

2014.03.03 | Anis

Hemp may reduce diarrhoea and mortality of young pigs

Bioactive ingredients from industrial hemp will be used in new research to optimise the diets for sows and piglets, thus reducing post-weaning diarrhoea, the use of antibiotics and piglet mortality.