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Bjarne Jochimsen (left) and Bjarne Hove-Jensen, along with a Canadian colleague, David Zechel, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, examined the existing knowledge around the degradation of phosphonates and assembled this in the review (Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen)
The first step in the degradation of glyphosate. Glyphosate exchanges with adenine of ATP in a reaction catalyzed by the enzyme PhnI. Glyphosate is thus activated for further degradation, catalyzed by additional six enzymes. The remainder of the glyphosate is N- methylglycine. The overall degradation of glyphosate to phosphate and N-methylglycine requires 14 polypeptides encoded by the genes phnCDEFGHIJKLMNOP.

2014.03.21 | Public / media

Degradation of the herbicide RoundUp®

Reviewed information about the degradation of the active compound glyphosate in RoundUp® may eventually be useful in processes where the ability of the bacteria to break down organic compounds - such as phosphonates - used for removing substances that are hard for the environment to degrade.

Breeding of Jersey and Nordic Red Cattle in Denmark, Sweden and Finland can be given a major boost with the aid of a new genomics tool. Photo: Janne Hansen (Photo: Janne Hansen)

2014.03.06 | Grant, Knowledge exchange

Nordic cattle breeds to be given a genetic boost

The relatively small population sizes of the dairy breeds Jersey and Nordic Red Cattle in the Nordic countries pose challenges in using genomic selection to increase genetic progress. A new scientific project aims at improving the methodology using in genomic prediction. Animal health, welfare and production will benefit.