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Traces of glyphosate are seldom found in the groundwater. Photo: Colourbox

2015.04.15 | DCA

Glyphosate is a rare visitor to Danish groundwater

The results for the monitoring of pesticides from July 2011 to June 2013 are now ready. These are from the Pesticide Leaching Assessment Programme (PLAP) where GEUS, Aarhus University and the Danish Environmental Protection Agency examine whether approved pesticides and their metabolites are leached to groundwater when used in normal farming…

Improvement of cow feed efficiency through new genetic methods can protect the environment and boost the farmer's economy. Photo: Jesper Rais

2015.03.23 | DCA

Towards low-impact high-yielding cows

Burps, behaviour, blood and milk are some of the traits that can give us an indication of how efficient and eco-friendly a cow is. Scientists at Aarhus University are developing tools that can identify the most cost-effective cows. This will benefit the farmer’s economy and the environment.

In general, Danes are satisfied with the food they can buy and the food they eat. Photo: Colourbox

2015.03.23 | DCA

Danes content with the food they buy

Danes are generally content with the food they can buy in Danish supermarkets and with the food they eat. This is the conclusion of a study undertaken by the MAPP Centre at Aarhus University. The researchers have developed a quality index that measures food satisfaction and for which they divided consumers into five categories.

Sows with shoulder ulcers have lower nursing frequency and less contact with their young compared with healthy sows without shoulder ulcers. Photo: Jesper Rais, Aarhus University.
The results indicate, that the sows are affected by the shoulder ulcers and attempt to ease any pain or discomfort through frequent changes in posture and by spending less time lying. Photo: Henrik E. Jensen, University of Copenhagen.

2015.03.18 | Anis

Shoulder ulcers affect the behaviour of sows

Shoulder ulcers in lactating sows affect the behaviour of sows shown as shorter lying time, increased restlessness and lower nursing frequency. This is the result of an investigation conducted by Aarhus University and the Danish Pig Research Centre.

FACCE SURPLUS can create a European school in innovation in the area of sustainable production and use of biomass. Photo: Colourbox

2015.03.13 | DCA

New programme increases European research collaboration

Welcome to the future! The new ERA-Net FACCE SURPLUS’ first milestone was reached on 4 March, when the window closed for pre-proposals. In total the programme received 67 pre-proposals from 21 countries, so the ground is now laid for research that can provide a sustainable intensification of agricultural production all over Europe.

Pigs in a pen affect each other. The group effect will therefore be included in breeding programmes with the aid of new breeding techniques. Photo: Jesper Rais

2015.03.11 | DCA

The effect of pig pen mates to be included in breeding programmes

Information about pigs' pen mates, advanced statistical models and genomic methods are some of the tools that researchers will use in a research project that aims to improve pig welfare and reduce their environmental impact.

Healthy food habits at school support learning and concentration in the children. Photo: Colourbox

2015.03.11 | DCA

Start your healthy eating habits at school

Healthy and bright children with better learning abilities is the reward when good eating habits are introduced in a structured way at school. A Danish study shows that about half of the country's schools have introduced measures to promote healthy eating habits, but that it requires extreme dedication, support and economic thrift if the scheme is…