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The Department of Agroecology carries out research in the interactions between climate, soil, plants, animals and humans in agroecosystems for the advancement of health, sustainability and eco-friendly production of food, feed, energy and bio-based products 

The global population is growing in terms of both numbers and prosperity. Both lead to an increasing pressure on the world’s natural resources. The growing population must be guaranteed healthy and nutritional food and energy in keeping with present and future climate and resource conditions.

Research at the Department of Agroecology contributes to a wide range of subjects related to the development of sustainable agriculture. The department’s overall objective is to belong to the elite of research institutions concerned with agroecosystems. This may take place through creation, development and application of groundbreaking knowledge for the advancement of society’s bioeconomy nationally and internationally.

The objective is sustainable food security. In the light of climate changes and a global need for greening the demand for research that can realise agroecological principles and ensure food security is expected to rise. The department contributes to sustainable agricultural production and growth through outstanding agroecosystems research, consultancy and teaching. 

Research areas

The department is primarily concerned with research within the fields of climate, soil quality, bioenergy, lifecycle assessment, integrated pest management, aquatic environment technologies and production systems.

The department carries out both basic and applied research in collaboration with researchers from Aarhus University as well as other universities and research institutions in Denmark and abroad. The department also collaborates with the agricultural sector and private businesses.

The approximately 270 employees are organised into six research sections and a field section, located at three research stations. Read about the research sections here

Research flagships

The Department of Agroecology has identified four research flagships. These flagships represent areas in which the department is especially strong and which contribute results in keeping with national and global challenges and objectives. 

Read about the research flagships here.  

Modern facilities

The department had access to unique research facilities, including test stations, laboratories, semi-field facilities, climate chambers, climate stations, fields, plantations, greenhouses and beehives.

Read more about the facilities here.   

World class knowledge

Aarhus University and the Department of Agroecology have a strong international position within agricultural sciences.  

In 2015 Aarhus University ranked as number 10 in the subject Agricultural Sciences on the National Taiwan University (NTU) global ranking and was number 9 the same year within food and agricultural sciences on the U.S. News Best Global Universities ranking.  

An analysis of eight of the department’s most used categories in the Web of Science testifies that the department’s citation impact factor is up to 166 percent higher than the world average, especially in the categories ’Agronomy’ and ’Agriculture Multidisciplinary’.  

In 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a special edition of the magazine Focus (Food and agriculture) that dealt with the challenges of feeding a global population that is expected to reach nine billion by 2050. The magazine describes Aarhus University as Denmark’s leading university with regard to food and agricultural sciences and emphasizes the efforts of the Department of Agroecology.