Research projects

Selection of ongoing research projects within plant, food and climate

Below please find a selection of ongoing research projects. Project descriptions for several of them are publicly avaible on websites which can be linked to from this page:





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  1. Reduction of waste of raw materials

    Edelenbos, M.Wang, A.Islam, M. N.

    Reduction of waste in potatoes and vegetables concentrates on reducing waste during cultivation, harvest, storage and preparation for sale, ie. value chain from the field until the product reaches retail. The project will tie research and business together. The research section of the project will work to create a basis for finding methods for early warning of loss of quality and reduction of wastage during storage.


  2. European Plant Phenotyping Network 2020

    Ottosen, C.

    The EPPN2020 is a research infrastructure project that will provide European public and private scientific sectors with access to a wide range of state-of-the-art plant phenotyping facilities, techniques and methods, and help boost the exploitation of genetic and genomic resources available for crop improvement that represents a major scientific challenge for this coming decade.


  3. From seaweed waste to plant biostimulant

    Petersen, K. K.Hyldgaard, B.Jørgensen, T. H.Rasmussen, M. B.Boderskov, T.Bruhn, A.Glasius, M.

    Seaweed extracts have shown promising effects as alternative bio-stimulants improving plant resistance to pathogens by upregulating plant immune systems, as well as plant performance and growth. However, results in the literature are not convincing and biased by the use of commercial products, and scarce knowledge about the bioactive components in the extracts.


  4. Robust wheat cultivars for the future

    Ottosen, C.

    The increasing demand for food, feed and bio resources is a major challenge for agriculture along with climate change. The future climate becomes more variable with higher frequency of heat waves and dry periods and generally more unstable and unpredictable. This emphasizes the need for agricultural crops with built-in stability to stress - or if you want more robust varieties that can withstand more stress types with less impact on yield.


  5. GreenResilient – Organic and biodynamic vegetable production in low-energy GREENhouses – sustainable, RESILIENT and innovative food production systems

    Petersen, K. K.

    GREENRESILENT demonstrates the potential and feasibility of an agroecological approach to organic greenhouse production. It allows the build-up of robust agroecosystems adapted to local climatic conditions in different European areas, with regard to both productivity and sustainability from an agronomic and environmental point of view.


  6. Intelligent light - LED techniques to control plant reactions

    Ottosen, C.

    The aim of the project is to develop light protocols to achieve energy savings and higher productivity by using intelligent control of light quality (i.e. light colour) and thereby expand the use of coloured LED lamps in production of pot plants in greenhouses.


  7. ItGrows2

    Ottosen, C.

    The research project itGrows 2.0 wll continue to develop the energy efficiency that has already been achieved in recent years. One of the great challenges is control of air humidity. Too high an air humidity can reduce the plant’s uptake of nutrients and have a negative effect on plant growth, well-being and health. Control of air humidity, which can comprise up to 30 percent of the annual energy consumption, is the element that consumes the most energy in an advanced greenhouse production.


  8. Better quality management of root crops with innovative washing techniques before retail supply (KvaliRod)

    Edelenbos, M.Wieczynska, J.Kidmose, U.

    The aim of this project is to prolong shelf life of root crops in the supply chain by use of innovative washing and decontamination techniques before packaging for retail supply. There are increasing challenges with the shelf life of packaged, organic and conventional root crops because of rotting following washing and brushing of the roots before packaging. Carrots may get slightly superficial black spots and become slimy due to growth and proliferation of microorganisms.


  9. Kvalipak - Improved quality of fresh fruit and vegetables with active packaging

    Edelenbos, M.Wieczynska, J.

    Fresh fruit and vegetables are one of the most often products thrown out and tons of products are thrown out annually because of poor quality. Modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) helps to maintain quality but it also increases the risk of condensation on the products which is favorable for microbial growth. The aim of the project is to reduce food waste in the supply chain by use of improved packaging solutions.


  10. PROTECFRUIT protected production of organic apples and pears

    Petersen, K. K.Henriksen, M. B.Bertelsen, M. G.Edelenbos, M.Hyldgaard, B.

    The aims are to increase the yield and area with organic apples/pears due to new technologies, to create new business opportunities for technical equipment, to reduce use of resources as well as easier access to organic fruit produced with high respect for the principles of organic farming. The yield in organic apple and pear orchards is less than of third of the conventional due to pests, diseases and smaller fruit, despite frequent sprays with ‘natural' pesticides.


  11. SmartGreen

    Ottosen, C.

    SMARTGREEN aims to accele¬rate sustainable green econo¬mic growth in NSR greenhouse industries whilst generating sig¬nificant environmental benefits: less pollution, lower emissions of CO2 (15%) and less use of re¬sources and potentially also in¬crease in the local production due to shorter production times (5%). Knowledge transfer in NSR is needed to obtain the political goal of increasing the produc¬tivity and reduce resource use.


  12. Sprayless - Reduced fruit waste by non-chemical approaches to control strawberry grey mould

    Bertelsen, M. G.Petersen, K. K.Weber, R. W.Henriksen, M. B.

    Grey mould caused by Botrytis cinerea and related Botrytis spp., is the most common and destructive disease among Danish strawberry producers. This leads to rotten berries both during cultivation in the field, on the shelfs in the supermarkets and at home with the consumers. Many berries must be discarded, and thus a bad business for the producers. Botrytis spp. are high-risk pathogens with respect to the development of resistance against fungicides.


Recently completed research projects in plant, food and climate

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  1. Bønner og parkinsonsyge

    Petersen, K. K.

    Genetisk screening indenfor Mucuna slægten for højt indhold ad L-DOPA, co-enzym Q-10, NADH og andre neurobeskyttende forbindelser. Finansiering: Velux Fonden. Samarbejdspartnere: Institut for Medicinsk Biologi og Institut for Kemi-, Bio- og Miljøteknologi, Syddansk Universitet. .


  2. Climafruit – solbær, ribs, hindbær, stikkelsbær


    Klimaændringer kan få en meget stor indflydelse på udbytte og kvalitet af bær. I projektet undersøges sorters vækst, udbytte og kvalitet under forskellige klimaforhold både som mark og containerproduktion og under beskyttede forhold i tunnel for solbær, ribs, hindhær og stikkelsbær. I en del af projektet arbejdes med de fysiologiske aspekter af tørke i solbær, herunder sortsforskelle.


  3. Danberry – Sustainable production of Danish berries and development of high value crops

    Petersen, K. K.Jensen, M.Henriksen, M. B.Sørensen, J. N.

    The overall aim is to increase the economic and environmental sustainability of berries for processing. The project covers different perspectives of berry production from field to processed products. Conversion to organic farming is one of the steps that can strengthen the competitiveness of the Danish commercial berry production. To optimize current growing systems for blackcurrant combined and optimised fertilisation and weed control regimes are developed.


  4. Dynamisk CA lagring af frugt


    Formålet med projektet er at sikre den bedste frugtkvalitet og mindst mulig frasortering under lagring af frugt ved at benytte dynamisk kontrolleret atmosfære (DCA) til æbler og kontrolleret atmosfære (CA) til jordbær. Finansiering: Innovationsloven (NaturErhvervsstyrelsen); Plan Danmark. Samarbejdspartnere: Virksomheder; Landwirtschaftskammer Niedersachen, Jork (Tyskland). .


  5. Dyrkningsstrategier for småplanter

    Petersen, K. K.

    Projektet formål er at øge danske prydplanteproducenters konkurrenceevne ved at muliggøre en mere fleksibel produktion og ved udlicitering af dele af produktionen. Dette søges opnået ved at udvikle og beskrive dyrkningsmæssige strategier der sikrer, at småplanter og halvfabrikata af prydplanter kan klare kølelagring og lange transporttider på 4 til 5 uger uden skader. Fastlægge betydningen af sortsvalg for lager og transport uden skader.


  6. EPPN Pnenotyping

    Ottosen, C.

    EPPN konsortiet har identificeret vigtige behov relateret til udvikling af metoder til bestemmelse af planter fænotype. Fælles forskningsaktiviteter i konsortiet vil føre en udvikling og tilpasning af nye sensorer, metoder og assays til anvendelse i anlæg fænotypebestemmelse med foranking i fælles it-standarder som tillader sammenligning af forskellige typer udstyr og mål.


  7. Effekt af høj fugtighed på regulering af spalteåbninger

    Ottosen, C.

    Formålet med projektet er i forbindelse med et ph.d.-projekt at undersøge effekter af høj luftfugtighed for forskellige sorter af roser for på sigt at udvikle bedre klimastyringsstrategier for at reducere problemer med fugtighed. Finansiering: Aarhus Universitet. Samarbejdspartnere: Privat erhvervspartner. .


  8. Fremtidssikret intelligent vandoptimering i økologi


    I projektet undersøges effekten og timingen i brug af drypvanding på udbytte og kvalitet i solbær og ribs, samt potentialet i brug af dækkultur i kørebanen til regulering af vandtilgængeligheden for solbærbuske. Finansiering: Innovationsloven (NaturErhvervsstyrelsen). Samarbejdspartnere: Privat samarbejdspartner. .


  9. GreenGrowing

    Ottosen, C.

    GreenGrowing vil styrke innovationskraften og konkurrenceevnen i væksthusindustrien, hvilket vil føre til en reduktion i CO2-udledningen. Væksthusgartnere i Nordsø-regionen producerer fødevarer og prydplanter og har en omsætning på mere end 10 milliarder euro. Ved at bruge IKT og udveksle konkrete forskningsresultater mellem partnerne i projektet, vil vi sikre mulighed for besparelser og en bæredygtig produktion.


  10. Hvede med tilpasning til klimaændringer

    Ottosen, C.

    Projektet fokuserer på vinterhvede, der er en af de vigtigste afgrøder i Nordeuropa. Foruden højtydende lokaladapterede sorter eksisterer for hvede globalt en mængde sorter tilpasset varme og tørre klimaer samt nye syntetiske linjer, som kombinerer gener fra hvedens forfædre. Målet er at skabe et grundlag for bedre anvendelse af fysiologiske og bioteknologiske metoder i hvede i mødet med fremtidens mere varierende klima.


  11. ITGrows

    Ottosen, C.

    Projektets mål er at binde alle de nyeste teknologier i erhvervet sammen i ét system, der omfatter information og viden om de væsentlige forhold i en gartneriproduktion, lige fra økonomi og produktion over vækstforhold til energiforbrug og klimabelastning. Erfaringerne fra flere års forskning viser, at der kan opnås energibesparelser på mere end 30 % i gartnerier ved brug af intelligent styring.


  12. Winter climate change effects on phenological traits in temperate fruit crops

    Pagter, M.Kjær, K. H. ,

    Phenological traits in temperate fruit crops are triggered predominantly by temperature. Milder winter weather therefore is likely to induce changes in a range of off-season phonological responses, which are essential for plant survival, growth and fruit yield. The proposed research will determine how elevated temperatures affect freezing tolerance and dormancy of temperate fruit crops and at which time of the year (autumn, winter or spring) the impact is greatest.