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2019
24 MAY

Organic mussels ready to be served on the Danes’ dinner tables

A longer harvest season, stable production and collaboration with the retail sector are to increase the Danes’ appetite for farmed mussels, which are being exported today...

Food, fish and agriculture Fish and shellfish Food production
23 MAY

Organic and delicious, but unknown in Denmark

Organic common mussels are easy to grow on ropes in Denmark. Nevertheless, few find their way to Danish consumers.

Food, fish and agriculture Fish and shellfish Food production
15 MAY

A substantial benefit from replacing steak with fish

The average Dane will gain a health benefit from substituting part of the red and processed meat in their diet with fish, according to calculations from the National...

Food, fish and agriculture Nutrition and dietary habits Health and diseases
06 MAY

Come to an Open Day at the National Food Institute

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, is celebrating its 60th anniversary by inviting cooperation partners to an Open Day on 11 June 2019 where...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
03 MAY

Research is important for maintaining Denmark’s position in the ingredients market

The Danish government has invested in initiatives—including more research—aimed at expanding the country’s position of strength in the global ingredients market. The...

Food, fish and agriculture Food technology Food production
11 APR

Intestinal bacteria and their genetics determine dietary advice

Dietary advice should be more personalized and based on knowledge of the composition of the individual person’s intestinal bacteria.

Biotechnology and biochemistry Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Genes and genomes Nutrition and dietary habits Health-promoting compounds
11 APR

Small underwater drone to help fishermen

Young researcher contributes to the development of a small new autonomous underwater vehicle which is to help fishermen identify shoals of fish.

Electrotechnology Robot technology and automation Fisheries and fish stocks
03 APR

Copenhageners’ biowaste may become steaks

A new project will develop technology for extracting protein from organic waste, which can subsequently be used as a protein supplement for humans or in animal...

Food production
25 MAR

From menace to resource: Starfish become animal feed

The world’s first starfish meal factory will be inaugurated at the Limfjord on Friday, 29 March as a result of collaboration between universities and businesses.

Food, fish and agriculture Food production
21 MAR

Join a WHO webinar on global disease surveillance

Hear how analysis of sewage can be used to monitor the global occurrence of antimicrobial resistance and infectious diseases during a webinar on 26 March.

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes
15 MAR

Can insects feed the world

Putting insects on the menu requires more than just good presentation, according to Roberto Flore, a renowned chef who has travelled far and wide to explore the world of...

Food, fish and agriculture Enzymes and proteins
15 MAR

Fish can be fed plant waste products

Fish from fish farms are feeding more and more mouths. But what should the fish eat? Research shows that plant proteins may be the answer.

Food, fish and agriculture Enzymes and proteins
15 MAR

From seaweed to proteins

Food researchers have invented methods for extracting proteins from seaweed. One of them is now being tested in a pilot plant at ingredient producer CP Kelco .

Enzymes and proteins Biotechnology and biochemistry Food technology
15 MAR

New protein sources

Cases for DTU’s research and innovation in relation to proteins for animal feed and food products.

Biotechnology and biochemistry Food, fish and agriculture Enzymes and proteins
11 MAR

Sustainable beer made from surplus sushi rice

Research from the Technical University of Denmark allows excess rice intended for use in sushi to be converted into beer.

Food, fish and agriculture Food production
08 MAR

Sewage reveals levels of antimicrobial resistance worldwide

Sewage can reveal the occurrence of antimicrobial resistant bacteria among healthy populations, an international study led by the Technical University of Denmark shows...

Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes Food safety Health and diseases
26 FEB

Do risk assessments of endocrine disruptors provide sufficient protection?

Risk assessments of endocrine disruptors should take better account of uncertainties relating to harmful effects to ensure the risk is not underestimated.  

Food safety Health and diseases
25 FEB

Diagnostic tools for new virus in salmonids

PhD project has developed diagnostic tools and a scientific basis for the risk assessment of PRV-3 infections in salmon and trout.

Livestock diseases Aquaculture
18 FEB

Trawl-modifications may improve Norway lobster fishery

Modifications in front of and inside the trawl can help the Norway lobster mixed trawl fishery coping with new EU landing obligation, concludes PhD thesis.

Fisheries and fish stocks
05 FEB

Grains are beneficial to health

A six-year-long, large-scale research cooperation has documented that a diet, which includes whole-grains helps to prevent type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease...

Bacteria and microorganisms Nutrition and dietary habits Health and diseases
01 FEB

International workshop on aquaculture technology

Workshop invites industrial partners and researchers to share newest knowledge and developments in recirculation aquaculture technology 

Aquaculture Food production Fish and shellfish
28 JAN

Four DTU researchers chosen as Villum Young Investigators

Four young DTU researchers will each receive DKK 10 million for their research. This takes place at the annual appointment of Villum Young Investigators, at which VILLUM...

Aquaculture Hardware and components Telecommunication Building design Building construction Health and diseases Ecosystems
23 JAN

Come to a seminar on sustainable ingredients

Come to a seminar on 8 April and hear how research into sustainable ingredients from the Technical University of Denmark is helping to increase Denmark’s position of...

Food, fish and agriculture Food technology Food production
16 JAN

Turning grass into a profitable and safe source of protein

In a project headed by the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, researchers and companies are working together to find a profitable way to extract...

Food, fish and agriculture Food production
14 JAN

Grass to be turned into profitable and safe source of protein

In a project headed by DTU Food, researchers and companies are working together to find a profitable way to extract protein from grass and to make this protein taste delicious...

Food, fish and agriculture Food production
08 JAN

DTU Aqua's Director is the new ICES President

Institute Director Fritz Köster elected president of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea for the next three years

Fisheries and fish stocks
2018
06 DEC

New knowledge to protect against endocrine disrupting chemicals

Researchers from the Technical University of Denmark are partners in two new EU projects on hormone disrupting substances that aim to protect women's reproductive health...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Health and diseases
04 DEC

Research enables the food sector to reuse water

Research from the Technical University of Denmark shows that it is possible to clean chicken feet using 50% less water and that cleaning water can be reused in cooling...

Food, fish and agriculture Food production Food safety
22 NOV

Students will soon be able to code and grow greens in class

Danish primary school students are allowed to play with their food in a new project, which lets them grow their own greens in biology class using a food computer.

Food, fish and agriculture Nutrition and dietary habits
15 NOV

No reason to recommend a low-gluten diet for everyone

Large study of the effects of eating a low-gluten diet has not prompted the researchers behind it to recommend that people eat a gluten-free diet—unless they suffer from...

Food, fish and agriculture Nutrition and dietary habits
31 OCT

Nine ”new” endocrine disrupting chemicals identified

Researchers from the Technical University of Denmark and the University of Southern Denmark have established that there is solid scientific evidence that nine ”new” chemical...

Food safety Health and diseases
29 OCT

Among 15-55-year-old Danes, one in six consume sports nutrition products

Approximately 16% of Danish 15-55-year-olds consume sports nutrition products and one in three users have experienced adverse effects following consumption, according...

Food, fish and agriculture Nutrition and dietary habits
23 OCT

Automated harvest

The combine harvester, or simply combine, is a highly complex agricultural machine that performs several different types of tasks simultaneously.

Food production Innovation and product development Robot technology and automation
22 OCT

More antimicrobial resistance in pigs than in broilers in Europe

In the largest metagenomics study of production animals to date, the Technical University of Denmark has found more antimicrobial resistance in pigs than in broilers...

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

Robot tracks environmental DNA from fish on seabed

Researchers from DTU Aqua are currently testing the world’s first underwater DNA laboratory. It checks the water daily for DNA traces from four species of fish

Marine research Fisheries and fish stocks
23 AUG

Unborn children better protected against endocrine disruptors

Researchers from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, have helped improve on international testing of chemicals to enable better detection of...

Health and diseases Food safety Food, fish and agriculture
20 AUG

Increase in large-bodied fish stocks in the North Sea

Signs of recovery are appearing among previously overfished large-bodied fish stocks. This is good news, but may also present new challenges.

Fisheries and fish stocks
04 JUL

Special topic portal on risk-benefit assessments of food

A new special topic portal showcases the National Food Institute’s research within the area of risk-benefit assessments of food’s beneficial and harmful health effects...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Health-promoting compounds Health and diseases
02 JUL

Mixture of pesticides causes lower birth weight in rats

Pregnant rats that are given a mixture of pesticides at doses that individually are not harmful, risk having offspring with lower birth weight, studies from DTU show...

Food safety Health and diseases
28 JUN

Two new professors in the biology and management of migratory fish

Kim Aarestrup and Anders Koed have been appointed professors at DTU within the area of diadromous fish, i.e. fish such as eel and salmon that migrate between fresh and...

Fish and shellfish Ecosystems
27 JUN

UCPH and DTU pave the way for more collaboration on food research

DTU and UCPH have mapped their strengths in research into healthy and sustainable foods, which they, together with companies, can use to solve the complex challenges facing...

Food, fish and agriculture
15 JUN

Pheromones in fight against pests

A new non-toxic technology can prevent harmful insects from multiplying, thus reducing the use of pesticides in agriculture.

Food, fish and agriculture Biotechnology and biochemistry
14 JUN

New online course on metagenomics applied to infectious disease monitoring

Students from around the world can learn about metagenomics applied to antimicrobial resistance monitoring for free in a new online course from DTU.

Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
01 JUN

Nature's defence mechanisms can reduce the use of antibiotics

Researchers at DTU have identified natural peptides that fight bacteria, thereby reducing the need for antibiotics.

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

Fish to be counted using rocket science

Sustainable fishing requires that the right fish are caught in the right quantities. A new research project will provide better calculation methods.

Fisheries and fish stocks Mathematical modelling
30 MAY

Eight EU projects will generate knowledge about One Health

The EU Commission has recognized the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark’s One Health expertise through the allocation of funds for eight new research...

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

Mathematics for healthier fish products

Mathematical models from DTU are being used to develop new fish products with less salt and more flavour.

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Food production Mathematical modelling
16 MAY

PhD defense about optimal rearing conditions in eel larval culture

What are the demands of European eel larvae on water temperature and salinity, and what are the nutritional requirements of larvae raised in culture? These are the focus...

Food production Aquaculture Fish and shellfish
15 MAY

Anglers supply data for climate research

Researchers have developed a garfish barometer, on which anglers can follow garfish fishing and contribute to climate research.

Fisheries and fish stocks Climate adaption
14 MAY

Maths is a main ingredient in salt-reduced fish products

Mathematical models from the National Food Institute have been used to develop the recipes for a new range of fish products that contain less salt and more taste.

Food, fish and agriculture Food production Food safety Mathematical modelling
03 MAY

Digitalization, health, food and biotech set the stage for High Tech Summit 2018

DTU’s High Tech Summit is attracting considerable interest from the business community who have already bought or booked 60 of the 70 stands.

Information technology Biotechnology and biochemistry Medicine and medico technology Food, fish and agriculture
20 APR

The researchers stuck on lumpfish

Researchers have, for the first time, tagged lumpfish with electronic tags in Denmark. The project aims to shed light on the fish’s unknown behaviour in the ocean.

Fisheries and fish stocks
13 APR

New centre for human and veterinary diagnoses

DTU sets up a new centre for diagnostics which will act as a hub in a network of research, business, and communication.

Food, fish and agriculture
21 MAR

PhD defence about effects of artificial lakes on migrating trout

Artificial lakes are used as a measure to reduce nitrogen load of streams. PhD Student Michael Schwinn has investigated the consequences for migrating brown trouts when...

Fisheries and fish stocks Ecosystems
15 MAR

Stinking sludge into energy and fertilizer

DTU start-up utilizes sludge from fish farming and wastewater to produce heat and fertilizer.

Biotechnology and biochemistry Food, fish and agriculture Environment and pollution
09 MAR

PhD defense about spatial ecology of lake fish

When animals move from one habitat to another, it may affect the stability of the entire ecosystem. PhD Student Joan Holst Hansen has investigated the migratory behavior...

Fisheries and fish stocks Ecosystems
01 MAR

DTU to expand its scientific advice to the EU on chemicals in food

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, has been appointed EU Reference Laboratory in the fields of processing contaminants in food as well as metals...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
27 FEB

Conference with a focus on microbial ingredients

The latest knowledge about microbial ingredients will be presented at the first international conference on the subject, which takes place in Copenhagen from 2-4 May...

Food, fish and agriculture Food production Food technology Health-promoting compounds
26 FEB

PhD defense about microbial water quality in aquaculture

The reuse of water in recirculating aquaculture systems increases the risc of impaired water quality. PhD Student Paula Andrea Rojas Tirado has investigated new methods...

Aquaculture
22 FEB

Invitation to Professor Rene Hendriksen’s inaugural lecture

Come to an inaugural lecture and learn how whole genome sequencing can be used in the global surveillance of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance.

Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Health and diseases
14 FEB

DTU Vet in new constellation

DTU has found a form which ensures continuation of the excellent research, the academic and scientific competence, the educational activities, and the emergency response...

Livestock diseases
08 FEB

Oyster hatchery on the island of Mors

With an appropriation under the Danish Finance Act of EUR 4 million (DKK 30 million), the Danish Shellfish Centre will strengthen food production on Mors.

Food, fish and agriculture Fish and shellfish Food production
08 FEB

Tomorrow’s alcohol can be made from surplus milk sugar

New technology from DTU can convert milk sugar (lactose) in dairy by-products into alcohol. The newly established company behind the technology has received start-up...

Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Food technology Food production
02 FEB

PhD defence about statistical models for fish stock assessment

“Counting the uncountable” is the fundamental challenge in fish stock assessment. To meet this challenge, Christoffer Moesgaard Albertsen has evaluated and developed state...

Statistics Mathematical modelling Fisheries and fish stocks
25 JAN

Green idea aims to make people eat grass

Grass protein can help to feed the world's growing population - and can be manufactured in a financially viable and sustainable way.

Food, fish and agriculture Food production Food technology
15 JAN

Good bacteria last longer with a sugar coating

Chr. Hansen and the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark are joining forces to find a way to encapsulate health-promoting bacteria. The goal of the...

Food, fish and agriculture Food production Food technology Health-promoting compounds
10 JAN

Masterclass on sustainability in food production

Professor Peter Ruhdal Jensen from the National Food Institute gives the presentation "From Waste to Resource" at a masterclass held by the Danish Food Cluster at the...

Food, fish and agriculture Food production Food technology
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

Invitation to Professor Charlotte Jacobsen’s inaugural lecture

Come to an inaugural lecture and learn how better utilization of marine resources can help to feed the world’s population. 

Food, fish and agriculture Food production Health-promoting compounds
19 DEC

Researchers design flexible cattle disease strategy

Paratuberculosis in cattle places heavy financial burden on agriculture. However, it can be combated far more cheaply using a smarter testing strategy.

Food, fish and agriculture Livestock diseases Production animals
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
15 DEC

PhD defence about vulnerable ecosystems in Greenland

PhD Student Helle Jørgensbye has identified corals and other benthic sedentary organisms in Western Greenland which are particular vulnerable to human activities. On 2...

Fisheries and fish stocks Ecosystems
13 DEC

Chicken still main source of campylobacter infections in Denmark

Almost half of all campylobacter infections in Denmark are caused by consumption of domestic chicken meat, but dogs and contaminated seawater also cause a smaller proportion...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
13 DEC

First step towards mapping ghost nets in Danish waters

New report presents the first collection of knowledge about derelict fishing gear in Denmark

Fisheries and fish stocks Ecosystems
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
17 NOV

Fast reproduction to sustain invasion success: Why do some species become invasive...

The number of non-native species which are recorded in new habitats outside their natural range is steadily increasing. Though thousands of species are daily transported...

Marine research Ecosystems Fisheries and fish stocks
02 NOV

Hanna Johansson PhD thesis

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Health and diseases
02 NOV

Several reasons why whole grains are healthy

When overweight adults exchange refined grain products – such as white bread and pasta – with whole grain varieties, they eat less, they lose weight and the amount of...

Food, fish and agriculture Health and diseases Nutrition and dietary habits
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

Microplastics in the Baltic have not risen for 30 years

The concentration of microplastics in water and fish from the Baltic Sea has been constant for the past 30 years, despite a substantial increase in plastic production...

Ecosystems Fish and shellfish
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
17 OCT

Successful tagging of 18 bluefin tuna in Denmark and Sweden

For the first time ever tagging of bluefin tuna has taken place in Danish and Swedish waters. The tags will collect important knowledge of the tuna that are present in...

Fisheries and fish stocks
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
09 OCT

The 2017 Nils Foss Excellence Prize for innovative food research goes 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...

Food, fish and agriculture Statistics Mathematics Information technology
29 SEP

Centre for Ocean Life extended until 2022

The Centre for Ocean Life at DTU Aqua has received DKK 15 million from VILLUM FONDEN to continue its work for another five years

Marine research Climate change Fisheries and fish stocks
28 SEP

Potato waste a potential goldmine

New research partnership will utilize potato and seaweed residuals in ingredient production.

Food, fish and agriculture Food technology Food production
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
21 SEP

PhD defence about artificial reproduction of eel

PhD Student Filipa da Silva, DTU Aqua has investigated factors influencing the maturational response of European female eels to hormonal treatments and resulting egg quality...

Fish and shellfish
14 SEP

Novel way of identifying chemicals in paper and board packaging

A novel approach to identify problematic chemicals in food contact materials made from paper and board has been developed at the National Food Institute, Technical University...

Health and diseases Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
11 SEP

First bluefin tunas caught and tagged in Danish and Swedish waters

Tagging project expected to contribute to explaining why bluefin tuna has returned to Skagerrak and Kattegat after more than 50 years of absence.

Fisheries and fish stocks Fish and shellfish
09 SEP

Tuna tagging for the first time ever in Denmark and Sweden

Today DTU Aqua, SLU Aqua and WWF will start tagging bluefin tuna to get a better understanding of why the fish have begun returning to Danish and Swedish waters, after...

Fisheries and fish stocks Fish and shellfish
04 SEP

Fisheries physicist boils theory down to five words

This month Professor Ken H. Andersen will defend his doctoral dissertation written on the basis of 10 years’ research and which resulted in his development of new fishery...

Food, fish and agriculture Fisheries and fish stocks Mathematical modelling
21 AUG

Drone technology benefits society

According to the Danish Drone Strategy, the Danish Government wants to promote the use of drones in the public sector. And now a string of DTU projects have become airborne...

Antennas Robot technology and automation Mapping and surveying Fish and shellfish
21 JUL

EU collaboration ensures DTU international influence

DTU Aqua has successfully coordinated an EU network on fishing activities in collaboration with the Danish Agency for Research and Education.

Food, fish and agriculture
06 JUL

Disease burden of congenital toxoplasmosis in Denmark quantified

Congenital toxoplasmosis – an infection passed on from mother to fetus – has a high disease burden per case. However, only a relatively small number of cases occur each...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
20 JUN

Migration secrets of bluefin tuna to be studied in Scandinavian waters

The world’s most coveted fish is back in Danish and Swedish waters. New project will tag tuna to find out why they have come back

Fisheries and fish stocks
31 MAY

PhD defence about Danish bottom set nets fisheries

PhD student Esther Savina defends her thesis about ecosystem effects of bottom set nets on 8 June 2017

Fisheries and fish stocks
10 MAY

Tropical plant combats parasites in chickens

With an extract from a tropical plant, DTU researchers have found a way to combat parasites in chickens.

Food, fish and agriculture Production animals Livestock diseases