Engineering

Agricultural and food technology

Agricultural and food technology

The food and agricultural sectors are facing major challenges; the demand for production of high-quality food will increase in the future and this needs to go hand in hand with a sustainable transition of the agricultural sector that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, maintains biodiversity, uses less pesticides, and reduces nutrient runoff.

These are highly complex challenges and by applying forefront knowhow and developments within science and engineering, we engage in research directed towards solutions to these challenges. We focus on solving actual societal challenges within the field of agriculture and food production and we contribute with expertise such as:

Research areas:

SUSTAINABLE CROP PRODUCTION

  • Plant biologicals
  • Low emission fertilization systems
  • Organic soils and wetland landscape optimization
  • Plants to food and feed
  • Selection and genome-based breeding
     

OPTIMIZED LIVESTOCK SYSTEMS -  ANIMAL WELFARE, CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENT

  • Inner climate in stables
  • Manure management - reduced nutrient leakage and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Utilization of heat from e.g., manure and milk
     

SUSTAINABLE ALTERNATIVE FOOD AND FEED SOURCES

  • Green bio-refining in food processing
  • Alternative protein sources
  • Land and sea-based aquaculture
     

SMART MACHINE TECHNOLOGY

  • Sustainable & intelligent agricultural machinery
  • Robots & drones
  • Sustainable energy systems for farms
     

CLIMATE AND RESOURCE-EFFICIENT FOOD PROCESSING

  • Upcycling of side-streams to support circular systems
  • Food ingredients and materials
  • Food processing equipment
  • Logistic systems in food industry