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2021.01.27 |

Trans-European seminar on science-based policy advice

European governments are facing critical decisions on agriculture, food, climate and environment. Science based policy advice is in high demand, but varies across Europe. The aim of the first trans-European seminar in this area is to facilitate exchange of experiences, challenges and best practices in how to provide science based policy advice

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2021.01.22 |

Nitrogen-fixing crops as compulsory cover crops in Denmark

A note from DCA - National Centre for Food and Agriculture and the Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University documents that nitrogen fixing cover crops have more advantages than other types of cover crops. In addition to reducing nitrate leaching, they can also fixate nitrogen from the surrounding air, which can utilise by the subsequent…

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2021.01.14 |

Is rattail fescue the new super weed?

A new grass weed species has in recent years become a bigger and bigger problem in winter cereals and grass seed crops. Knowledge about rattail fescue has so far been very limited, but researchers from the Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University in Flakkebjerg have investigated the rattail fescue's biology, phenology, competitive ability,…

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2021.01.14 |

Milk producers reacted differently at quota expiration

The milk market has for many years been characterised by regulations and quotas, but in 2015 the EU's milk quotas were lifted. Researchers from Aarhus University, along with researchers from five other European countries, have investigated how the end of the milk quotas has affected milk production in Europe.

A more plant-based diet is healthy for both the body and the climate. Illustration: Danish Veterinary and Food Administration

2021.01.20 |

The new official Danish dietary guidelines take climate into account

As a consumer, you can make a huge difference for the climate through your dietary choices. It is now possible to find inspiration for this in the new official Danish dietary guidelines, which for the first time suggest how to reduce the carbon footprint of the diet. Behind the advice is knowledge from the Department of Agroecology at Aarhus…

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2021.01.13 |

New report from the unique Danish Pesticide Leaching Assessement Program (PLAP)

Results from this year's PLAP report show that the majority of the tested pesticides and degradation products in the period 2017-2019 did not leach into the groundwater when used correctly. Of the 32 substances tested, two substances - the pesticide propyzamide and the degradation product 1,2,4-triazole - were found in the groundwater above the…

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2021.01.04 |

Ph.D. defence: Recycling organic residues into effective N and S fertilizers

During her PhD studies, Doline Fontaine investigated on the recycling of nutrients nitrogen (N) and sulfur (S) from organic residues to fertilize crops. To reduce the consumption of nonrenewable resources while sustaining crop yields and soil fertility, there is a need to find sufficient N and S resources and improve the synchrony between the…

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2021.01.04 |

Ph.D. defence: Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy for soil phosphorus determination

Standard soil phosphorus (P) tests are routinely employed to estimate the size of the agronomically or environmentally relevant soil P pools.

Charred malt from the Viking Age found at Hundborg in Denmark. Photo: Peter Steen Henriksen - National Museum of Denmark.

2020.12.16 |

New method may find Denmark's oldest beer

In a collaboration between researchers at the National Museum of Denmark and the Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University in Flakkebjerg, it has been possible to develop a method for detecting malting of grain in charred barley grain from the prehistoric era. This makes it possible to prove whether beer was brewed as far back as in the…

From the left is wheat and from the right is spelt.
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2020.12.16 |

New wheat mutant can teach us more about spelt

Researchers from the Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University have by chance discovered a mutation that makes wheat speltoid.

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