Aarhus Universitets segl

QGG - Genetic adaptation to the circular production systems of the future

Biological organisms form the core of our production systems, and the characteristics of these organisms are defined by their genetics. There is a need to explore this genetic variation in order to adapt the organisms to circular production systems through systematic and knowledge-based breeding work to ensure the green transition.

Our research is therefore focused on genetic characterization and adaptation of species to new niches, circular systems, market segments and climates. Our research includes existing livestock and plant species, but also new species and historical gene banks.

Within the circular bio economy, we are researching new traits and breeding directions, such as the reuse of side streams, resilience, health and consumer preferences, methane mitigation strategies, etc.

Examples of new research areas:

- Effective and resilient plant species in relation to water and nutrients, which are resilient against future climate conditions and pathogens, and which have the right technical properties

- Sustainable livestock and aquaculture production, where the species have a smaller climate footprint through genetic adaptation to the production systems

- Exploitation of the genetic diversity within the blue biomass as a new source of protein, minerals and bio components, as well as a tool to reduce the discharge of nutrients.

- Genetic adaptation and specialization of insects to break down and recycle waste products for food and feed.

Insect production

Plants and algae

Adaptation of livestock and new species

Aqua culture

Soil health