Research-based public sector consultancy

At the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG) we carry out research-based public sector consultancy. This means that we carry out advisory tasks for ministries and government agencies. These tasks can be specialist contributions to reports, analyses, reviews or advice concerning specific cases or problems. Additionally, we have ongoing research activities within areas where it is necessary to maintain and develop competencies for public sector consultancy. This is how we make sure that we are constantly ready to cover current needs for public sector consultancy.

The public sector consultancy at MBG is organised under DCA – the Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture – which frames the cooperation between the research environments in the food and agriculture area at Aarhus University.

The public sector consultancy at the Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics (QGG) is focused on the breeding and genetics of livestock breeds, including breeding plans, breeding goals, livestock genetic resources, breeding technologies etc. The researchers focus on sustainable breeding programmes that insure the preservation of genetic resources, animal welfare and health. The main part of the centers tasks deal with conservation of native Danish livestock breeds which are in danger of extinction.

The public sector consultancy in the Section for Crop Genetics and Biotechnology (CGB) is concerned with plant breeding in general, with a particular focus on genetic modification of plants as well as coexistence between conventional genetically modified (GM) and organic crops. An important task at present and in the coming years is advice on New Breeding Techniques (including gene editing by means of CRISPR/Cas9), which requires a new borderline between GM and non-GM crops.