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"We’ve got fantastic agricultural soil in Denmark, and it would be a shame to plaster it all with solar cells. It’d be great if we could unite the two," says farmer Claus Hunsballe, who's joined an international research project to unite solar energy production and agriculture. Photo: Colourbox

2021.02.26 |

Why not combine agriculture and solar energy on the same field?

Using vertical solar-cell installations, researchers from Aarhus University will harvest both energy and crops from the same agricultural area. The plan is to produce energy when it is most needed, while at the same time leaving space for the farmer to work in the field.

Photo: Colourbox

2021.02.24 |

Low-inflation pressure tyres can reduce soil stress

A low-inflation pressure tyre on the farmer’s tractor is more important than the construction of the tyre itself when it comes to reducing soil stress in cultivated fields. Researchers from Aarhus University, among others, have studied how tyres have developed over time and measured how much stress the soil is exposed to when the farmer chooses…

Photo: Colourbox

2021.02.24 |

High-resolution field- and farm-scale data is needed for future implementation of e.g. afforestation as agri-environmental measure

According to researchers from the Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University and researchers from Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) implementation efficiency of some agri-environmental policy interventions, as the case here with afforestation shows, depends on the availability of high-resolution agricultural and landscape data.

Photo: In 2018, a Danish team from University of Southern Denmark won the first prize of 1000 EUR.

2021.02.24 |

European student competition 2021: Bioeconomic innovation in focus

Danish students are again this year encouraged to form interdisciplinary teams and participate in BISC-E, the Biobased Innovation Student Challenge Europe. The Danish winner will compete with the winners from other EU countries to win the European championship and price.

Photo: Junxiang Peng

2021.02.19 |

PhD defence: Smart farming on the rise – using drone and satellite data to manage fertilization and irrigation

During his PhD study, Junxiang Peng explored the potential of drone and satellite (Sentinel-2) multispectral and thermal data for estimating plant biomass, nitrogen deficiency and drought stress.

Photo: Søren Kjeldgaard; AU-foto

2021.02.12 |

Water transport in soil macropores mapped

Researchers from Aarhus University have mapped water transport in soil macropores in Denmark. The mapping can, among other things, be used to identify risk areas in relation to phosphorus or pesticide leaching.

The project GrainLegsGo wants to raise awareness about the quality and potential of producing fresh organic grain legumes for human cinsumption. Photo: Colourbox

2021.02.11 |

More beans and peas, please

“Eat your peas” is not just sternly yelled at picky children. A lot of good reasons to eat legumes exist. Slowly, the grain legumes get more and more attention in Denmark as well. Michelin chef Francis Cardenau praises them, and edamame beans have transitioned from sushi restaurants to almost every supermarket. Nonetheless, in Denmark, grain…

Photo: Yannik Elo Roell

2021.02.11 |

PhD defence: Land suitability assessment using machine learning: A comparison between point-based and raster-based terron methods

During his studies, Yannik investigated land suitability across Denmark using terron methodology. Terrons are created by combining machine learning with soil, climate, and landscape variables. Yannik utilized two different methods (i.e. point-based and raster-based) for generating terrons and validated the resulting maps using data on agriculture…

Photo: Maria Isabel Senal

2021.02.11 |

PhD defence: Topography and soil electrical conductivity: simple tools to assess heterogeneities in artificially drained soils

During her PhD studies, Maria Isabel Senal studied the magnitude and profiles of redox potential values (Eh) and the different forms of nitrogen, potential denitrification rates, and various physico-chemical soil properties of the different conceptualized redox environments in a tile-drained agricultural field. Such parameters were used to…

Photo: Hamidreza Ardalani

2021.02.11 |

PhD defence: Effects of dietary phytochemicals on pesticide concentrations in honey bees – a metabolomics approach

Honey bees are important pollinators and are subject to numerous stressors, such as changing floral resources, parasites, and agrochemical exposure. Hamidreza Ardalani studied the effects of phytochemicals on residual pesticide concentrations in honey bees. He implemented mass spectrometry-based metabolomics to investigate how different diets…

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