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2018
02 JAN

Danish input into U.S. roadmap to reduce antimicrobial use

A new policy roadmap aimed at reducing the U.S. farming sector’s use of antimicrobials vital to treating sick humans, draws on Denmark’s experience in this area.

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes
2017
20 DEC

Supercomputer baner vejen for præcisionsmedicin

På Rigshospitalets Enhed for genomisk medicin foregår analyserne af patienternes gener ikke længere på hospitalets egne computere. Når patientens DNA er blevet sekventeret...

Information technology Health and diseases Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Enzymes and proteins Genes and genomes Synthetic biology Viruses
21 NOV

Prize awarded for battle against global food challenges

On Monday 20 November, Frank Møller Aarestrup received the Nils Foss Excellence Prize 2017 for his groundbreaking research within the field of antimicrobial resistance...

Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
13 NOV

Researchers hunt for tomorrow’s antimicrobial agents in the Christiania topsoil

The world desperately needs new types of antimicrobial agents to combat resistant bacteria. Researchers are therefore searching high and low for new antimicrobial agents...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Health and diseases
22 OCT

Uterine bacteria can affect the foetus

According to new research, women can have bacteria in their uteri which may have an impact on foetuses’ immune systems. Until now, the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, and the...

Bacteria and microorganisms Health and diseases
27 JUL

Danish reference genome now mapped

Danish researchers now have unprecedented and extremely precise knowledge of the genetic makeup of the Danish population, having analysed the genes of 50 families. The...

Information technology Health and diseases Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Enzymes and proteins Genes and genomes Synthetic biology Viruses
14 JUL

Better immunotherapy for cancer patients

Does immunotherapy work better in cancer patients who, for example, have had influenza? This will be studied in a research project at Herlev Hospital involving DTU.

Information technology Health and diseases Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Enzymes and proteins Genes and genomes Synthetic biology Viruses
14 JUL

Better immunotherapy for cancer patients

Does immunotherapy work better in cancer patients who, for example, have had influenza? This will be studied in a research project at Herlev Hospital involving DTU.

Health and diseases Cells Enzymes and proteins Genes and genomes Bacteria and microorganisms Viruses Fermentation
07 APR

Ingredients—a quiet success story

With 14 per cent of the global market and a revenue of up to DKK 35 billion (EUR 470 million), the Danish ingredients industry has relatively unnoticed developed into a...

Food, fish and agriculture Food production Food technology Health-promoting compounds Bacteria and microorganisms Enzymes and proteins
21 MAR

Detecting salmonella in pork meat twice as fast

A new method developed at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, halves the time it takes slaughterhouses to test for disease-causing salmonella...

Food, fish and agriculture Bacteria and microorganisms Food safety
09 FEB

One step closer to personal antimicrobial treatment

Harmless intestinal bacteria may transfer resistance genes to pathogenic bacteria, making the dangerous bacteria resistant to antimicrobial agents. A new method makes it...

Genes and genomes Bacteria and microorganisms Health and diseases
2016
30 NOV

Combating disease-causing microorganisms for decades

Denmark has a high level of food safety, yet every year disease-causing microorganisms in food cause illness in a significant number of Danes. For more than 30 years...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes
14 OCT

Ultraviolet light—antimicrobial agents of the future

The part of sunlight in the ultraviolet spectrum plays an important role for our lives on Earth. With the new LED light sources and greater knowledge of the effect of ultraviolet...

Bacteria and microorganisms Lasers Optics
11 OCT

One step closer to restoring nitrogen balance

The discovery of a new, previously unknown microbe opens up a host of opportunities, both in relation to restoring the nitrogen balance in nature—which has been knocked...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biotechnology and biochemistry Water supply Environment and pollution
Helene Faustrup Kildegaard is one of the researchers ‘forcing’ animal cells to produce substances that can be used in anti-cancer drugs, for example. Photo: Ulrik Jantzen
07 OCT

Drugs from hamster cells

What on earth have Chinese hamsters to do with medical drugs? Quite a lot as it turns out, as hamster cells can be programmed to sustainably produce anti-cancer drugs...

Bacteria and microorganisms Fermentation Synthetic biology
04 OCT

New biosensor reveals transporter proteins – points towards new antibiotics

A new cutting edge biological sensor have led to the discovery of 25 transporter proteins in bacteria. Transporters control bacterial communication and their uptake of...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
23 AUG

WHO recognizes the National Food Institute's genomics research

The World Health Organization, WHO, has appointed the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, as its first ever Collaborating Centre for Genomics. As...

Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
11 AUG

Better data on the occurrence of resistant bacteria in Europe

National reference laboratories in EU’s member states have improved their ability to determine the occurrence of resistance in different bacterial species. The National...

Bacteria and microorganisms Food safety
09 AUG

Special topic portal highlights fight against antimicrobial resistance

Denmark's experience in reducing antimicrobial consumption and resistance over the past 20 years is often highlighted as a good example around the world. The National...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes
13 JUL

Specific Gut bacteria cause reduced insulin sensitivity

Currently, scientists think the major contributors to insulin resistance are excess weight and physical inactivity, yet ground-breaking new research, with leading Danish...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Bacteria and microorganisms Health and diseases
12 JUL

New method reveals where viruses hide

A method that can detect different disease-causing viruses on surfaces like countertops and fixtures, has been developed in a project at the National Food Institute...

Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture
07 JUN

Robust data an important weapon in fight against antimicrobial resistance

Robust data on both antimicrobial use and resistance is a crucial weapon in the fight against resistant bacteria. In Denmark this realization led to the establishment...

Food, fish and agriculture Bacteria and microorganisms Food safety Food production
11 MAY

Invitation to Professor Tine Hald’s inaugural lecture

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, is hosting Professor Tine Hald’s inaugural lecture on Friday 3 June 2016. Tine Hald will give a lecture on...

Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Health and diseases
01 APR

Using big “bio-data” to design better cell factories

The EU has granted 6.3 million Euros to the project DD-DeCaF, coordinated by the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Genes and genomes Synthetic biology Software and programming Data analysis IT systems
29 MAR

Knowledge of bacteria’s origin and spread can prevent disease

Salmonella Typhimurium DT104 is an aggressive type of bacteria, which is particularly problematic because it has developed resistance to a number of antimicrobials and...

Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture
16 MAR

Using waste water to prevent infectious diseases

Waste water samples from all over the world are arriving at National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, to reveal how many disease-causing microorganisms...

Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture
07 MAR

Three Scientific Directors from CFB where highly cited in 2015

The highly regarded information company Thomson Reuters has selected three Scientific Directors from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (CFB) as...

Bacteria and microorganisms Cells
26 FEB

Fungal cells can survive treatment through hibernation

Researchers from DTU Vet have demonstrated why fungal infections are difficult to treat in patients with a weakened immune system, and have thus taken the first steps...

Health and diseases Bacteria and microorganisms Cells
19 FEB

Cell factory pioneer receives Novozymes Prize

Professor Jens Nielsen, DTU Biosustain, has been awarded the 2016 Novozymes Prize. 

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Synthetic biology
11 FEB

Transition to family food determines infants’ gut bacteria

It is the transition to eating the family’s food and not the weight of the mother that has the greatest impact on the composition of gut bacteria in nine-month-old children...

Bacteria and microorganisms Nutrition and dietary habits
Photo: Jakob Boserup
20 JAN

Bacteria researcher receives annual award of DKK 5 million

On Friday, 22 January, Professor Lone Gram will receive Denmark's largest individual research award, the 2016 Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award for Technical and Scientific...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes
18 JAN

Global figures for the burden of foodborne disease

Every year one in ten people around the world gets sick from food they eat and 420,000 die as a result. This is the finding of a report from the World Health Organization...

Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Health and diseases
2015
26 NOV

Denmark’s biggest computer specially designed for life science

It took thirteen years—from 1990 to 2003—and cost USD 3 billion to map the human genome. Today, using a small sample of human DNA—from a person living or dead—we can...

Computer calculations Data analysis Hardware and components Genes and genomes Bacteria and microorganisms
20 OCT

Considerably fewer resistant bacteria in broiler meat

Considerably fewer resistant ESBL bacteria were found in Danish and imported broiler meat in 2014 compared with the year before. It is the second consecutive year that...

Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
08 OCT

Decrease in antimicrobial use in animals in Denmark

Antimicrobial use in animals has decreased in 2014 due mainly to decreased consumption in the pig production. In general very little of the critically important antimicrobials...

Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Food production Food safety
01 OCT

Wastewater treatment plants not responsible for spreading antimicrobial resistance

New research challenges the common perception that bacteria develop antimicrobial resistance in wastewater treatment plants. The findings have recently been published...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Bacteria and microorganisms
28 SEP

Invitation to Professor Lisbeth Truelstrup Hansen’s inaugural lecture

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, is hosting Professor Lisbeth Truelstrup Hansen’s inaugural lecture on Friday 23 October 2015. Lisbeth Truelstrup...

Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Food production Food safety
26 AUG

Most salmonella infections still come from overseas travel

Almost every other registered salmonella infection in Denmark in 2014 was brought back by Danes travelling overseas. Travel thus remains the largest cause of salmonella...

Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
18 AUG

Toilet waste provides knowledge about diseases’ global transmission routes

Analysis and genome sequencing of disease-causing microorganisms and antimicrobial resistance bacteria in toilet waste from international aircraft could be a first step...

Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes Food safety Computer calculations
13 JUL

From cholera epidemic to export success

In the mid-1800s, Copenhagen suffered from a serious cholera epidemic. This prompted the College of Advanced Technology (now DTU) in 1865 to give lectures on water supply...

Bacteria and microorganisms Viruses Building construction Waste management Waste water and water discharge Water supply
20 MAY

Newly discovered mechanism in bacteria can prevent chronic infections

Antimicrobial resistance is one of the most serious health problems in the world. The World Health Organization, WHO, warns that we are heading for a post-antibiotic...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells
13 MAY

Danish inspiration in the global fight against antimicrobial resistance

It is possible to significantly reduce the use of antimicrobial agents in food production without compromising welfare and production. This is evidenced by the Danish...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms
28 APR

Invitation to professor Dang Duong Bang’s inaugural lecture

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, is hosting professor MSO Dang Duong Bang’s inaugural lecture on Friday 22 May 2015. Dang Duong Bang will...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms
Photo: Stamers Kontor
28 APR

One step closer to unified life science research environment

The stone laying ceremony at the new biotechnology laboratory building at Lyngby Campus marks the realization of DTU’s vision to unify a unified life science research...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Bacteria and microorganisms Cells Biological systems
02 FEB

Ranking the risk of disease from microorganisms in fresh produce

The risk of getting a foodborne infection from fresh fruit and vegetables in Denmark is highest from consumption of berries, lettuce, sprouts, tomato and melon. This is...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms
01 FEB

Predicting the shelf-life of cottage cheese

New mathematical models that predict the growth of listeria and lactic acid bacteria in different types of cottage cheese can be used by producers to determine the shelf...

Food safety Food production Mathematical modelling Bacteria and microorganisms
28 JAN

The disease outbreak detection system of the future

An internet-based tool can analyse the genetic material of bacteria and help detect disease outbreaks as well as find the source of an outbreak. The tool uses a new technique...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Genes and genomes Bacteria and microorganisms Food safety Computer calculations
13 JAN

The best way to determine salmonella type using whole genome sequencing

There is no single analytical method for whole genome sequencing data, which can be used universally to determine salmonella bacteria’s type. A PhD project at the National...

Genes and genomes Biotechnology and biochemistry Bacteria and microorganisms Food safety Computer calculations
2014
23 DEC

PhD defence on whole genome typing of E. coli bacteria

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, invites you to Rolf Sommer Kaas’ PhD defence on the development of a method for typing E. coli bacteria by...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes
17 DEC

Two ERC grants goes to DTU

DTU researchers receive two out of 11 Danish ERC Starting Grants. The grants will be used for research in multidrug resistance and an improved method for the dating of...

Biological systems Geology Bacteria and microorganisms
10 DEC

Prospect of more sustainable pig production

The company VitaLys  produces the amino acid lysine which is added to pig feed. The addition benefits the environment, because lysine reduces the need to give the animals...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Synthetic biology Production animals Food production
19 NOV

Mapped bacterial genomes to improve CF patient treatment

Hardy bacteria strains adapt their genome to the lung environment in patients with long-term infections. Researchers from Rigshospitalet and DTU have mapped the genomes...

Bacteria and microorganisms Cells Genes and genomes Biotechnology and biochemistry Biological systems
12 NOV

The real disease burden of foodborne infections

Campylobacter is the foodborne bacteria that contributes most to the burden of disease in Denmark. This is the finding of a study from the National Food Institute, Technical...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Mathematical modelling Health and diseases
19 AUG

Fish food with antibodies to replace antimicrobial agents

A new research project headed up by DTU Vet is seeking to use feed containing natural antibodies to combat pathogenic bacteria as a replacement for treating fish fry...

Bacteria and microorganisms Aquaculture Food safety Fish and shellfish Food production
11 AUG

Gut microbiota affects intestinal integrity

Bacteria in the gut help the body to digest food, and stimulate the immune system. A PhD project at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, examines...

Bacteria and microorganisms Nutrition and dietary habits Health and diseases
11 AUG

PhD defence on whole genome sequencing approaches

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, invites you to Pimlapas Leekitcharoenphon’s defence of her PhD thesis on whole genome sequencing approaches...

Food safety Genes and genomes Bacteria and microorganisms
30 JUL

Denmark leads the way in the battle against antimicrobial resistance

Denmark has shown that it is possible to tackle the problem of antimicrobial resistance in a way that allows farmers to produce meat efficiently, while ensuring that antibiotics...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms
24 JUL

New methods of detecting Salmonella in pork meat processing

Infections caused by foodborne microorganisms are an increasing public health burden. In a PhD project at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Food production Health and diseases Bacteria and microorganisms
07 JUL

Researchers uncover new knowledge about our intestines

DTU researchers have identified and mapped 500 previously unknown microorganisms and more than 800 bacterial viruses in our intestinal flora. A discovery which—in the long...

Bacteria and microorganisms Health and diseases Biological systems
30 JUN

Danish efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance inspire in the U.S. Congress

Denmark’s systematic and scientific strategy to combat antimicrobial resistance in food production has been on the agenda at a briefing in the U.S. Congress. At the briefing...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Food production
19 JUN

Historically low number of Danes infected with salmonella

The number of Danes who contracted a salmonella infection reached a historic low level in 2013. More than half of those infected became ill during a trip abroad. For the...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms
13 JUN

More ESBL bacteria at farms with high consumption of antibiotics

There is a connection between previous consumption of cephalosporin antibiotics and the amount of ESBL bacteria in pigs. At the same time, there is an increased occurrence...

Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Production animals Health and diseases
07 MAY

Breastfeeding promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut

The nutritional factor that has the greatest impact on the development of a child's gut flora is whether the child is breastfed, according to a new study by the National...

Food safety Nutrition and dietary habits Bacteria and microorganisms Health and diseases
02 MAY

PhD defence on bacteria in the human gut

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, invites you to Ellen Gerd Christensen’s PhD defence which examines whether changes in the composition of gut...

Nutrition and dietary habits Food quality Health and diseases Bacteria and microorganisms
27 APR

Lactic acid bacteria inhibit Salmonella bacteria’s disease potential

When lactic acid bacteria are used in salami production to ferment and extend the shelf life of salamis, they also help inhibit Salmonella bacteria’s ability to cause disease...

Food safety Food production Bacteria and microorganisms
16 APR

PhD defence on MRSA in pigs

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, invites you to Mette Theilgaard Christiansen’s PhD defence on methods for studying MRSA in pigs. The defence...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms
09 APR

Better methods for integrated assessment of food

Quantitative methods for assessing food and estimating disease burden are significant for understanding the combined effect of hazardous and beneficial substances in food...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Bacteria and microorganisms Food quality Food safety Food production Health-promoting compounds Nutrition and dietary habits
08 APR

Antimicrobial treatment increases the risk of infection with antimicrobial-resistant...

People who have been treated with antimicrobials are at increased risk of a subsequent infection with antimicrobial-resistant Salmonella and Campylobacter. A previous treatment...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms
04 MAR

DNA analysis can derail aggressive bacteria

A tough strain of bacteria adapts its DNA to suit life in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients. The bacterial genome has now been mapped, however, and this could lead...

Genes and genomes Bacteria and microorganisms Medical equipment and systems Biotechnology and biochemistry Health and diseases Biological systems
2013
18 DEC

Faster diagnosis and treatment possible

Danish researchers from National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, DTU Systems Biology and Hvidovre Hospital have demonstrated how—within the space of a...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Genes and genomes Health and diseases
07 OCT

Increase in resistant bacteria in broiler meat in Denmark

Since 2011, the level of resistant ESBL bacteria has increased in broiler meat imported into Denmark and Danish produced broiler meat still contains ESBL bacteria. In...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture
18 SEP

More and more Danes infected with MRSA bacteria

The increase in the number of Danes infected with MRSA bacteria continued in 2012, and the total number of those infected has almost doubled since 2009. The vast majority...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Health and diseases
03 SEP

Gut microbial communities reveal risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes

Having a particular set of bacteria in your gut places you in the high-risk group for developing metabolic disorders such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Genes and genomes Health and diseases
08 AUG

PhD defense on new methods for the assessment of the amounts of bacteria in food

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark invites to Ana Sofia Ribeiro Duarte’s PhD defense on new methods to assess the numbers of bacteria in food...

Food safety Food, fish and agriculture Bacteria and microorganisms
07 AUG

PhD defence on the development of bacterial resistance

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark invites to Maria Seier-Petersen’s PhD defence on natural bacteria’s sensitivity to biocides and if the usage...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms
01 AUG

PhD defence on molecular diagnostics of foodborne pathogens

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark invites to Trine Hansen’s PhD defence on a new approach to characterize and detect foodborne pathogens in water...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture
03 MAY

Invitation to PhD Defence with Ana Faria Tomas Friday 17th May at 1 p.m.

Section: Residual Resources Engineering. Topic: "Optimization of bioethanol production from carbohydrate rich wastes by extreme thermophilic microorganisms"

Waste management CO2 separation and CO2 storage Climate change Ecosystems Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Bioenergy Energy efficiency
12 APR

PhD defense on livestock as source of salmonella in humans

The National Food Institute invites to Leonardo Victor de Knegt’s PhD defense on the proportion of Salmonella infections in humans in EU, derived from animals. The defense...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Livestock diseases
20 MAR

Results of ten years of microbiological work

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, has prepared a summary of key results achieved from the co-operation with the Danish Veterinary and Food...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture
14 MAR

Conference on combatting zoonoses

The European network for zoonoses research, MedVetNet, is organizing an international conference on challenges for combating zoonotic diseases. The conference is held...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture
28 FEB

International disease control experts gather at DTU

From 27 to 28 February 2013, the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark hosted an international meeting and welcomed 170 global disease control experts...

Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture
2011
09 SEP

Stanley N. Cohen: "Drug resistant microbes: new approaches to and old problem...

H.C. Ørsted Lecture, spring 2011 Professor Stanley N. Cohen, Stanford University School of Medicine: "Drug resistant microbes: new approaches to and old problem" The...

Medicine and medico technology Bacteria and microorganisms Cells