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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
18 DEC

Untouched by human hands: Better, safer biotech production

Continuous automatic sampling during production aims to keep Danish biotechnology at the forefront. The equipment, and the company behind it, are the result of fruitful...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Food production
13 DEC

PhD defence about genetic interactions between domesticated and wild trout

PhD Student Thomas Frank-Gopolos has produced experimental trout families with different levels of domestic-wild genetic ‘mixing’ and compared their fitness after some...

Genes and genomes Climate adaption Fisheries and fish stocks Aquaculture
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
30 OCT

Society of tomorrow based on biomass

Biological material that would otherwise be regarded as waste can be put to far better use. We simply have to decide to do it,” says Lene Lange, DTU’s expert in the National...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Food, fish and agriculture
23 OCT

Come explore and hear about life science and bioengineering at DTU

Come to an open day on 29 November 2017, where cooperation partners are invited to have a look at some of the new, state-of-the-art facilities in DTU's largest building...

Food, fish and agriculture Biotechnology and biochemistry Chemistry Medicine and medico technology Environment and pollution
10 OCT

Prize for innovative food research on the way to DTU

On 20 November 2017, the Nils Foss Excellence Prize will be awarded to an internationally recognized researcher for achievement within food science innovation and research...

Genes and genomes Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
27 SEP

Towards a bio-based society with Novel Microbes

Job creation and environmental salvation: The Novel Microbes project is showing a way towards a more sustainable bio-production. The key? Finding new enzymes to improve...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Food, fish and agriculture Environment and pollution
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
23 JAN

Leading-edge protein researcher moves his research to DTU Bioengineering

How do complex protein networks interact to create skin and heal it following injury? What happens to these networks in skin that is inflamed or won’t heal properly?...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Health and diseases Health-promoting compounds
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
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14 NOV

Supercomputer improves virus traceability

The Danish mink industry will now receive help in the fight against a feared virus that can potentially threaten Denmark’s billion kroner export of mink pelts.

Genes and genomes Livestock diseases Production animals Data analysis
30 AUG

World-class data research centre opens

A new data management and software centre linked to the European Spallation Source (ESS) recently opened in Copenhagen. Among other things, the centre will help to underpin...

Materials Energy Food, fish and agriculture Biotechnology and biochemistry Information technology Medicine and medico technology
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
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
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
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
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
23 NOV

Companies are given new tool to check for harmful chemical substances

New database containing more than 600,000 chemical structures gives companies a unique opportunity to quickly get an overview of the harmful effects associated with substances...

Biological systems Food safety Computer calculations
12 NOV

The complex interplay between genetics, diet and lifestyle factors in relation...

Both the human genetic composition and diet and lifestyle factors have an influence on the risk of developing cancer. A PhD project from the National Food Institute...

Biological systems Nutrition and dietary habits
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
19 OCT

New measuring equipment saves time and resources

Two newly established enterprises are developing measuring equipment and software which makes it possible to monitor food and pharmaceutical production as it is taking...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Food production Entrepreneurship Innovation and product development
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
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
28 JUN

Computers predict effects of chemicals on human health

Computer models can group chemicals according to their health effects and can contribute to calculating and predicting cocktail effects on human health. These are some...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Computer calculations Biological systems
26 JUN

The Danish salmon adventure: from nearly extinct to tourist magnet

Following a large-scale rescue operation including extensive stream restoration and gene technology, the wild salmon in the streams of Jutland have turned into big local...

Fisheries and fish stocks Fish and shellfish Ecosystems Genes and genomes Biological systems
31 MAY

Working across sectors to solve food safety problems

Many important microbiological risks in food, such as salmonella, relate in some way to food producing animals. The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark...

Food safety Biotechnology and biochemistry
20 MAY

Uncovering foodborne outbreaks using the latest technology

In the future it will be possible to uncover cases of foodborne disease and solve many more outbreaks through the use of whole genome sequencing, WGS, in which an organism...

Food safety Genes and genomes
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
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
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
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
14 OCT

Seminar on benefits of restricted antimicrobial use in organic pigs

The spread of antimicrobial resistant bacteria is a major food safety concern. A seminar in October 2014 organised by the National Food Institute, Technical University...

Food safety Food, fish and agriculture Biotechnology and biochemistry
12 OCT

Invitation to professor Egon Bech Hansen’s inaugural lecture

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, is hosting professor Egon Bech Hansen’s inaugural lecture on Friday 31 October 2014. Egon Bech Hansen will...

Food safety Food production Biotechnology and biochemistry
01 OCT

Workshop on detection and quantification of protein modifications

Non-enzymatic modifications of protein affect their function and structure. Such modifications in food have implication for food flavour or texture while in biological...

Food safety Enzymes and proteins
29 SEP

Fewer resistant bacteria in Danish broiler meat

Significantly fewer resistant ESBL bacteria were found in Danish broiler meat in 2013 compared with the year before. However, the occurrence of ESBL bacteria in imported...

Food safety Biotechnology and biochemistry Production animals
04 SEP

Salmon contain health-promoting bioactive peptides

By-products from salmon production contain bioactive peptides which among other things could have a positive effect on hypertension, type 2 diabetes and oxidative stress...

Food safety Health-promoting compounds Enzymes and proteins Fish and shellfish Food quality Food production
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
05 AUG

New methods to identify MRSA in pigs

It is important to keep the number of MRSA infections at a low level. In a PhD project at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, the latest technologies...

Food safety Production animals Health and diseases Biotechnology and biochemistry Genes and genomes
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
10 JUL

Pigs, killer cells and tissue type molecules will lead to effective cancer vaccines

The Danish Council for Independent Research, Technology and Production has granted DKK 5.7 million to a new project headed up by DTU Vet . The aim is to use pigs for developing...

Food safety Biotechnology and biochemistry
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
29 APR

Environmentally sustainable fuels from waste materials from food production

Petroleum-based fuels and chemicals contribute to the production of greenhouse gases and are a limited resource. In a PhD project at the National Food Institute, Technical...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Bioenergy Biological systems Energy Climate change Food, fish and agriculture Food technology
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
02 APR

PhD defence on the topic of alternative fuel production

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, invites you to Johan Alftrén’s PhD defence on development of methods to produce alternative fuels. The defence...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Bioenergy Food production Food technology
26 MAR

Danish effort to combat antimicrobial resistance mapped out

Denmark's systematic and scientific strategy for combatting antimicrobial resistance in food has been internationally recognised, and Denmark is now considered a world...

Food safety Food production Biotechnology and biochemistry
22 JAN

Better data for risk assessment

It is difficult and expensive to collect the type of data on which food producers and public authorities base their risk assessment of foods. A PhD project at the National...

Food safety Biotechnology and biochemistry Mathematical modelling
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
09 DEC

Support to analyse chemical compounds’ harmful effects in humans

The new biotech company Saxocon offers companies direct access to the high-quality knowledge of researchers at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark...

Food quality Food safety Food technology Biotechnology and biochemistry Health and diseases Food, fish and agriculture Computer calculations
06 DEC

PhD project provides new knowledge about virus 'engine room'

Utilizing the latest virological methods, a PhD student from DTU Vet has identified specific building blocks that are crucial to the capacity of classical swine fever...

Viruses Livestock 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
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
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
05 MAR

PhD defence on the prevention of diseases in fish larvae

The National Food Institute invites to Paul D’Alvise’s PhD defence on use of probiotics to prevent disease in marine fish larvae. The defence takes place 18 March 2013...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Food safety Food, fish and agriculture Aquaculture Fish and shellfish Production animals
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
2012
25 JUL

Antimicrobial agents found in marine bacteria

Marine bacteria that produce antimicrobial agents have been found as part of a PhD project at National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark. The project suggests...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Food safety
19 JUL

New agents join the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

New research conducted at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark shows that novel antimicrobial agents have the potential to combat multiresistant...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Food safety
07 MAY

PhD defence new types of antimicrobial substances

The National Food Institute invites to Line Hein-Kristensen’s PhD defence on new types of antimicrobial substances that have potential asfuture treatment of infectious...

Food safety Biotechnology and biochemistry
2010
05 JAN

A DTU brewery?!

A biotechnology student in his third semester has decided to create sustainable beer production that may become an interdisciplinary project for the entire DTU in the...

Food production Food safety Food technology Enzymes and proteins Fermentation