Industrial collaboration

For many years, several researchers at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics have been collaborating with the industrial community on various research projects - partly by establishing a specific research collaboration and partly by recruiting an industrial PhD student. Some of these projects can be seen below. Here you can also get good advice if you as a company wish to collaborate with one or more of the department's research groups.

More examples of the department's industrial collaborations

Improvement of cow feed efficiency through new genetic methods can protect the environment and boost the farmer's economy. Photo: Jesper Rais

2015.03.23 | Grant, Knowledge exchange

Towards low-impact high-yielding cows

Burps, behaviour, blood and milk are some of the traits that can give us an indication of how efficient and eco-friendly a cow is. Scientists at Aarhus University are developing tools that can identify the most cost-effective cows. This will benefit the farmer’s economy and the environment.

Researchers from Aarhus University will develop dairy cattle breeds that are specially suited to organic production. Photo: Janne Hansen

2015.01.26 | Grant, Knowledge exchange

Breeding for organic dairy production

A new project is set to benefit organic dairy production, partly by developing breeds of cows that are better suited to organic production and partly by creating niche dairy products based on knowledge of the cows' breeding characteristics.

Assistant Professor Stig Uggerhøj Andersen was awarded a grant of DKK 17 million from the Innovation Fund Denmark to increase the amount of nitrogen in organic farming. Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen.
The researchers will study the correlation between clover yields and the genetic composition of the three components of the nitrogen cycle – soil bacteria, clover and grass. Photo: Colourbox.

2015.01.15 | Grant, Knowledge exchange

Enough nitrogen for organic farming

One of the major challenges in organic farming is maintaining a positive balance in the nitrogen cycle. Nitrogen is an important nutrient for plants, but it is removed from the soil whenever crops are harvested. It can therefore be difficult to maintain a sufficiently high level of accessible nitrogen in the soil without using artificial…

Associate Professor Henrik Brinch-Pedersen has been awarded a grant of DKK 12.3 million by the Innovation Fund Denmark to develop natural food colouring. Photo: Charlotte Hamann Knudsen.
To meet the increasing demand for natural food colours, the research team intends to increase the content of the natural colorant anthocyanin in black carrots. Photo: Bjarne Jørnsgaard, Chr Hansen.

2015.01.15 | Grant, Knowledge exchange

Developing natural food colouring

A number of synthetic food colours have been shown to have undesirable side effects, especially in children. Since 2010, the EU has demanded that selected synthetic dyes should be labelled, and there is a major world demand for natural food colours. Associate Professor Henrik Brinch-Pedersen has been awarded a grant of DKK 12.3 million by the…

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Present industrial collaborations

Here are some examples of the companies that the department is collaborationg with.

See also Research-based public sector consultancy, where the researchers at the department carry out advisory tasks for ministries and government agencies.


If you have any questions about industrial collaboration with the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, please feel free to contact the Chairman of the Committee for Industrial Collaboration:

Esben Skipper Sørensen

ProfessorDepartment of Molecular Biology and Genetics - Molecular Nutrition

You are also welcome to contact the individual researcher if you wish to start a collaboration.