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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
29 JUN

Compounds in meat may be carcinogenic

Population studies indicate a possible link between intake of meat and cancer. Meat may contain carcinogens, but it is also an important nutritional source of iron. This...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Health and diseases
27 JUN

Food’s transit time is a key factor in digestive health

The time it takes for ingested food to travel through the human gut – also called transit time – affects the amount of harmful degradation products produced along the...

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

Two new DTU doctors

Two new doctoral theses from DTU are set to take us on a journey across the seven seas to examine fish larvae, and into the laboratory to push microscopic materials to...

Fisheries and fish stocks Fish and shellfish Superconductors
16 JUN

Course on antimicrobial resistance taught in global classroom

Students from around the world can now attend a free online course to learn how bacteria develop resistance to antimicrobials and how to use the most common methods to...

Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
15 JUN

Surprising new business opportunities for Greenland

The first scientific mapping of the arrival of the economically important mackerel in Greenland indicates it is there to stay

Fisheries and fish stocks Marine research Climate change
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
01 JUN

Endocrine disrupters accelerate reproductive aging in rats

Female rats exposed to endocrine disrupters during early development end up with fewer eggs in their ovaries and are at risk of losing their ability to reproduce at an...

Food, fish and agriculture Health and diseases
29 APR

Using computers to detect more endocrine disrupting chemicals

Researchers at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, are developing computer models to predict which of the many chemicals in our food, environment...

Food, fish and agriculture Computer calculations
26 APR

New extraction methods to reduce seaweed industry waste

Danish companies aim to extract and sell more of the valuable compounds in seaweed and the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, is going to help...

Food, fish and agriculture Food production Food technology Health-promoting compounds
18 APR

Bisphenol A in low doses can affect the reproductive system and behaviour

If rats are exposed to bisphenol A in low doses during early development it can lead to reduced sperm count, obesity and changes to breast development and behaviour...

Food safety Health and diseases
12 APR

New method to determine the content of inorganic arsenic in foodstuffs

A new European standard method to determine the content of inorganic arsenic in foodstuffs has been developed at the National Food Institute, Technical University of...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
07 APR

The Strait of Gibraltar proves no obstacle for eels

It is a myth that eels from the Mediterranean cannot swim out through the Strait of Gibraltar and contribute to European eel stocks, recent tagging experiments show...

Fish and shellfish Fisheries and fish stocks Food production Marine research
30 MAR

Risk-benefit assessment: How healthy is our food?

Food affects your health, but to what extent particular foods are good or bad is often not clear. Therefore, it is relevant to do a scientific risk-benefit assessment...

Food, fish and agriculture Nutrition and dietary habits Food safety
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
09 MAR

Twilight Zone can feed the world

There is huge untapped resources of protein in the deep sea, but any potential exploitation should be done with caution, warns research.

Fisheries and fish stocks Food production Food, fish and agriculture Marine research
07 MAR

Many Danes take dietary supplements although few need them

Six out of ten Danes take a dietary supplement even though the majority has an adequate intake of most vitamins and minerals from their diet alone. For many the use of...

Food, fish and agriculture Nutrition and dietary habits Health-promoting compounds
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
04 FEB

Amish adults take twice as many steps as Danes

Danish adults take more steps than Americans but less than Australians – and considerably less than Amish adults in Canada. This is one of the findings from a comparison...

Nutrition and dietary habits
29 JAN

On a voyage for research

Although employed by DTU, Thomas Diget Tarby rarely sets foot on any of the campuses— because as first officer on the marine research vessel Dana , he spends around...

Marine research Fisheries and fish stocks Fish and shellfish
28 JAN

Danish women are less physically active

One in three Danes are classified as physically inactive according to data from the Danish National Survey of Diet and Physical Activity from the National Food Institute...

Nutrition and dietary habits
22 JAN

Four young DTU researchers are granted millions for research

Four young DTU researchers receive a total of DKK 23.1 million from the VILLUM FONDEN’s Young Investigator Programme on Friday, 22 January.

Physics Micro and nanotechnology Food technology Catalysis Marine research Sensors
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
10 DEC

New and improved access to Danish food data

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, has launched a new database for food data in Denmark. Fødevaredata, as the database is called, is a mobile...

Food, fish and agriculture Nutrition and dietary habits
09 DEC

Research to close knowledge gaps on burden of disease

Official statistics on foodborne diseases only show the tip of the iceberg because only a few of the people who get sick from something they have eaten go to see a doctor...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
03 DEC

New technology traces resistance gene quickly

A new resistance gene has been found in coli bacteria among pigs, broiler meat and humans in China. Bacteria with the same resistance gene have now also been found in...

Genes and genomes Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Data analysis Bacteria and microorganisms
01 DEC

Danes’ vitamin D levels are determined by their genes

Certain genetic variations increase the risk of having a lower level of vitamin D. This is the finding of a PhD project from the National Food Institute, Technical University...

Nutrition and dietary habits Health-promoting compounds
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
20 NOV

Still fewer pesticide residues in Danish produce

If you want to minimize your intake of pesticide residues you may want to choose Danish produce which contains fewer pesticide residues than imported produce. This is...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
16 NOV

Three New PhD Students Concentrate on Greenland

Arctic Technology Centre (ARTEK) at DTU Civil Engineering has employed three new PhD students. All three projects will concentrate on subjects that will benefit the Greenlandic...

Polar research Construction materials Indoor climate Climate change Fisheries and fish stocks Ice research Waste management Building design
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
05 NOV

Vitamin D levels can be compared across studies and countries

Knowledge about the vitamin D level of a population is important in order to assess the proportion that is vitamin D deficient or is at risk of becoming deficient, and...

Nutrition and dietary habits Health-promoting compounds
27 OCT

New method finds even the tiniest plastics in the sea

Studies have estimated that each year between 4 and 12 million tonnes of plastics end up in the sea, and that the figure is expected to double over the next ten years...

Fish and shellfish Marine research Ecosystems
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
07 OCT

Industry must reduce water consumption

The food industry is a major water consumer. Now, a partnership is developing solutions that can help reduce the sector’s consumption of clean drinking water by as much...

Water supply Climate adaption Food production
23 SEP

Size Matters

Why do whales use echolocation when bacteria do not? Because body size determines available sensing modes, argue researchers from Centre for Ocean Life

Physics Marine research Fish and shellfish
17 SEP

Research leads to better predictions of cocktail effects

In order to protect people from chemicals’ harmful effects it is not sufficient to carry out risk assessments one by one of the chemicals people are exposed to every...

Food safety Mathematical modelling
15 SEP

Expedition to study impact of inflow on life in the Baltic Sea

A two week research cruise led by DTU Aqua is to investigate if new areas have become available for successful spawning of cod after a recent inflow of water from the...

Fisheries and fish stocks Fish and shellfish Marine research Climate change
15 SEP

Endocrine disrupters can affect breast development

Studies in rats indicate that endocrine disrupters can affect breast development in humans. Their effect on breast development can however be overlooked by current methods...

Food safety Health and diseases
28 AUG

Guidance value on fluorinated substances in food packaging

The Danish food authorities have introduced a guidance value on fluorinated substances in food packaging to reduce the use of these substances, which can be harmful to...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Health and diseases
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
08 JUL

Catching crabs can benefit the Isefjord’s fish stocks

The catch of fish for human consumption in the Isefjord can be significantly boosted if a considerable part of the fjord’s abundance of shore crabs is caught. The crabs...

Food, fish and agriculture Aquaculture Fisheries and fish stocks
02 JUL

Toolbox for testing chemical cocktails under development

A new test strategy for mixtures of some of the many chemicals that people are exposed to every day is being developed by 26 partners in a large EU project. The National...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
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
02 JUN

Method provides more knowledge about harmful substances in food packaging

A new method for faster analysis of chemicals in paper and board food packaging materials has been developed in a PhD project at the National Food Institute, Technical...

Food safety Health and diseases Computer calculations
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
13 APR

People meet and companies arise

Things moved very quickly indeed when a group of young researchers with a couple of patents under their belts was paired with an experienced entrepreneur. Together, they...

Entrepreneurship Innovation and product development Food quality Food production Catalysis Organic chemistry Hardware and components Enzymes and proteins Bacteria and microorganisms
08 APR

Seaweed to generate growth in Ghana

DTU is working with universities in Ghana to exploit seaweed from the Atlantic Ocean with a view to generating economic growth.

Food, fish and agriculture Chemistry
19 MAR

New knowledge strengthens risk assessment of chemical cocktails in food

Denmark's largest research project on chemical cocktail effects in food, spearheaded by the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, has just...

Food safety Health and diseases
18 MAR

Paper and board food packaging contains endocrine active chemicals

For paper and board food packaging only little regulation and legislation exists, and the composition of the packaging is in many cases unknown for the consumer and the...

Food safety Health and diseases
12 MAR

Positive trends in the Danish diet

More fish and vegetables and less sugar-sweetened soft drinks are some of the new trends that contribute positively to the Danish diet. These are some of the findings...

Food, fish and agriculture Nutrition and dietary habits
23 FEB

National Food Institute maintains its assessment of bisphenol A

After having examined the European Food Safety Authority, EFSA's new health assessment of bisphenol A, the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, maintains...

Food safety Health and diseases
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
29 JAN

Cod and herring migrate into Northeast Passage

In future, an ice-free Northeast Passage will allow, among other things, cod, herring and blue whiting from the Atlantic to migrate into the Pacific—while other species...

Food, fish and agriculture Marine research Climate change
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
21 DEC

More knowledge needed to ensure safe use of botanicals in food

The challenges related to assessing the safety of botanicals in foods and food supplements and regulating their use were highlighted at a conference held in Denmark in...

Food safety Food, fish and agriculture Nutrition and dietary habits
17 DEC

European centre for serious pig disease established in Denmark

DTU Vet  is participating in a new major EU project and will serve as a European monitoring centre for Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), which has a...

Viruses Genes and genomes Food production Livestock diseases Production animals Health and diseases
16 DEC

Many children and adolescents get too much caffeine from energy drinks

When children aged 10-14 consume energy drinks, one in five consumes too much caffeine. When their caffeine intake from other sources such as cola and chocolate is included...

Nutrition and dietary habits Food safety
11 DEC

Danish fruit and vegetables still contain fewest pesticide residues

Danish fruits and vegetables continue to contain fewer pesticide residues than imported produce. Residues from more than one pesticide in the same sample are also found...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
08 DEC

First MSc in fish and shellfish

Christos Dimitriou is the first person to have graduated from the Nordic MSc study programme ‘Aquatic Food Production’ . The programme has given him unique knowledge about...

Food, fish and agriculture
02 DEC

Aircraft fuels must be sustainable in the future

In the near future car traffic will be able to run on electricity but air traffic remains dependent on liquid fuel. The National Food Institute, Technical University of...

Environment and pollution Bioenergy Health and diseases Food production Food technology
28 NOV

Development of omega-3-containing ingredients wins innovation award

A business idea where by-products from the fishing industry are transformed into valuable ingredients full of omega-3 fish oils, has won the innovation competition at...

Food, fish and agriculture Fish and shellfish Food production Health-promoting compounds
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
11 NOV

Increased knowledge about vitamin D with mathematical model

A new mathematical model describes changes in vitamin D concentration in blood and tissue of minipigs after they were fed a vitamin D-enriched diet or exposed to a lamp...

Nutrition and dietary habits Health-promoting compounds
10 NOV

Time to bring the insect radar out to the customers

The start-up  FaunaPhotonics  is one of 22 companies participating in the Danish Tech Challenge competition  at Scion DTU. The objective is to make contact with potential...

Food, fish and agriculture Lasers
06 NOV

Healthy food may alleviate stress among farmed fish

A new DTU survey suggests that adding unsaturated fatty acids to their feed may make farmed zander hardier and better able to cope with stress.

Marine research Aquaculture Fish and shellfish
09 OCT

Roskilde Fjord welcomes new residents

There was a biting wind at the fjord as Dan Jørgensen, the Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, fishcare consultant Mads Christoffersen and local anglers...

Marine research Ecosystems Fisheries and fish stocks Fish and shellfish
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
29 SEP

Prawns with less salt

Salt is currently used to preserve all kinds of fish products as it reduces bacterial growth and improves shelf life. We are consuming too much salt, however, so food producers...

Food safety
25 SEP

Research to boost growth in ingredients

The National Ingredient Center, NIC, will help to create new growth in food ingredients. The NIC has been established by a number of partner companies, universities, industry...

Food quality Food production
08 SEP

The oceans are overflowing with plastic

Plastic waste in the world’s oceans is an environmental problem that is gaining increasing global attention. At DTU, researchers are investigating the problem.

Marine research Aquaculture Fish and shellfish
27 AUG

Leading scientists call for a stop to non-essential use of fluorochemicals

A number of leading international researchers, amongst others from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, recommend that fluorochemicals are only...

Food quality Food safety 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
07 AUG

National Food Institute researcher reelected to EFSA panel top post

Senior researcher Alicja Mortensen at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark has been reelected as chairman of the Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient...

Food quality Food safety
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
31 JUL

Students swap summer holidays for beer brewing summer school

While the warm summer is an invitation to laze in the sun with a cold beer 30 students have instead gone to school for three weeks to brew the beer themselves. At the...

Food technology Food production
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
23 JUN

Unique data about Danes’ eating and exercise habits

For several decades the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, has studied what Danes eat and how much they exercise. These studies have created a unique...

Nutrition and dietary habits Data analysis
28 MAY

Danish seaweed – version 1.0

The Danish Shellfish Centre at DTU has recently provided samples of an innovative, new type of food: edible seaweed grown in the Limfjord.

Food, fish and agriculture
13 MAY

Nanovi among the most promising spin-outs

An American journal has highlighted Nanovi—the DTU spin-out—as one of the most promising players in the field of radiation therapy.

Food, fish and agriculture
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
29 APR

Food safety partnership with China

DTU and the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) have signed a memorandum of understanding that will strengthen knowledge exchange between Denmark...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Food quality Food production
16 APR

Danish Eel Expedition 2014: First phase successfully completed

The expedition has at times battled 12-metre Atlantic swells , making it impossible to get equipment in the water. However, expedition leader Peter Munk of DTU Aqua and...

Marine research Ecosystems Climate change Fish and shellfish Fisheries and fish stocks
08 APR

Sunflower oil may replace hazardous phthalates

A new process enables manufacturers to produce safe eco-friendly plasticisers from sunflower oil. Researchers from DTU Chemistry and DTU Food have contributed to the development...

Physics Food, fish and agriculture
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
30 JAN

An alternative to phthalates is on its way

The harmful phthalates, which have been used as softeners in e.g. plastic toys and food packaging, will possibly be replaced by a plastic softener produced from sunflower...

Food safety Food technology Health and diseases
20 JAN

Least pesticide residues in Danish fruits and vegetables

Danish fruits and vegetables contain fewer pesticide residues than similar foreign foods. Furthermore, more than one residue was more frequently found in samples of foreign...

Food safety Health and diseases
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
16 DEC

Towards vaccination against campylobacter in poultry

Poultry is a significant source of infection with campylobacter in humans. In connection with a Ph.D. project at the National Food Industry, Technical University of Denmark...

Food safety Food, fish and agriculture Food production Production animals