Welcome to the April 2007 newsletter from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Aarhus.

In this issue you can read about the genetic secrets of rats, frozen seeds for future generations and diseases spread by rats and mice.

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Pig fertility not affected by plant growth regulators

Research results from the University of Aarhus reveal that plant growth regulators in pig feed have no adverse effect on pig fertility.

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The genetic secrets of rats

Some rats are resistant to the poisons used to try and eradicate them, while others die as planned. Scientists at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Aarhus are trying to map the differences in genetic expression between resistant and receptive rats.

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Storing seeds for the future

On 1 March the Danish minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Hans Chr. Schmidt and the Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Halldór Ásgrímsson, inaugurated the storage facilities for one of the Nordic Gene Bank’s collections of seeds which has been moved from Sweden to Research Centre Aarslev.

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Rats and mice carry zoonotic diseases

Mice and rats may carry many bacteria and viruses that are hazardous both to other animals and to people. Scientists from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Aarhus are trying to identify which diseases Danish rats and mice are carrying.

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Jazzing up the carrot

New designer carrots are more than just a smart palette of colours. Scientists at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Aarhus are designing vegetables that combine positive sensory experiences with nutritious properties.

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More research in agrifood industry in rural areas on the way

A large share of the research funds allocated to research into rural area development has been allocated to projects in which the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Aarhus is involved.

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