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Leaving the straw in the field contributes to improving soil structure and thereby soil fertility. Photo: Janne Hansen

2015.12.29 | Plantekongres

Straw and minimal disturbance are good for the soil

Conservation agriculture is gaining ground worldwide. New Danish experiments have been quantifying its effect under Danish conditions and show, among other things, a positive effect of leaving the straw on the ground in a reduced tillage systems.

The climate can be given a helping hand by taking organic soils out of rotation. Photo: Mogens H. Greve

2015.12.16 | Plantekongres

Growing crops on organic soils increases greenhouse gas emissions

Drained organic soils are a considerable source of greenhouse gases, particularly CO2 and nitrous oxide. These emissions make up six per cent of the total Danish greenhouse gas emission.

Sour cherries are just one of the types of berries that scientists at Aarhus University are collaborating with the industry to increase the sustainability of. Stock photo

2015.12.09 | DCA

Scientists are paving the way for more sustainable Danish berry production

Blackcurrants, sour cherries and other delicious and healthy Danish berries can become novel ingredients in specialist food products such as wine, vinegar and juice. This is one of the methods used in a new project led by Aarhus University to increase the sustainability of the Danish berry production.

Biochar is not a homogenous product, but rather a general term for carbon residues of various biomasses. Photo: Henning Thomsen

2016.05.04 | Plantekongres

The effect of biochar on cultivated land and the environment

Biochar increases the soil carbon stock and may increase the yield, depending on soil status. In relation to the environment biochar seems to be able to reduce nitrous oxide emissions.

Vivi Hunnicke Nielsen has been elected for a 2-year period.

2015.12.17 | People

Vivi Hunnicke Nielsen becomes vice president in Animal Task Force

International Coordinator Vivi Hunnicke Nielsen, DCA – Danish Center for Food and Agriculture, has been elected vice president in Animal Task Force.

Dr Elsser-Gravesen has worked with the protection of food against spoiling microorganisms his entire career.

2015.12.17 | Food

New Affiliate Associate Professor in food microbiology

Dieter Elsser-Gravesen, scientist and owner of the company ISI Food Protection, becomes Affiliate Associate Professor in food microbiology at the Department of Food Science.

A range of measures must be used to optimise crop protection against weeds. Photo: Janne Hansen

2016.01.04 | Plantekongres

A multifaceted approach to weed control

A number of specific recommendations based on the latest research results can help prevent weeds from out-competing the agricultural crop despite a growing number of restrictions on the use of herbicides.

To evaluate the quality of packaged wild rocket it is not sufficient just to evaluate colour – you also have to evaluate odour and whether leaves are rotten, which is almost impossible without opening the packaging material. Photo: Colourbox

2015.12.08 | Food

Measurement of volatile organic compounds may reveal wild rocket salad quality

By means of a new method Aarhus University scientists have demonstrated that there is a relation between the quality of packaged wild rocket after harvest and the release of volatile organic compounds. In the long term this new method may be beneficial to the industry as well as consumers.

We are completely dependent on agricultural soil. Scientists from Aarhus University are helping to ensure soil quality. Photo: Colourbox

2015.12.04 | DCA

Vital soil-saving techniques being trialed as International Year of Soils comes to an end

As World Soil Day on 5th December 2015 marked the ending of the International Year of Soils, it is reassuring to know that scientists will still be working to find solutions to protect our soils.