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Danish Nitrogen Mitigation Assessment: Research and Know-how for a sustainable, low-nitrogen food production (dNmark)

Posted by | February 21, 2021


  • Wim de Vries
  • Hans Kros
  • Birgitte Hansen
  • Jörg Schullehner
  • Lærke Thorling
  • Anker Lajer Højberg
  • Tommy Dalgaard
  • Brian Kronvang
  • Hans E. Andersen
  • Jens-Christian Svenning
  • Torben Sigsgaard
  • Brian H. Jacobsen
  • Jørgen Dejgaard Jensen
  • Henrik Vejre
  • Sandy Andersen
  • Ole Hertel
  • Robert Peel
  • Line Block Hansen
  • Mette Termansen
  • Berit Hasler
  • Lars Stoumann Jensen
  • Irene Wiborg
  • Leif Knudsen
  • Kristoffer Piil
  • Bent Ib Hansen
  • Per Tybirk

Associated Organizations:

  • Wageningen University
  • The National Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland
  • Aarhus University
  • University of Copenhagen
  • Knowledge Center for Agriculture
  • Knowledge Center for Pig Production

Project Summary:

DNMARK is a multidisciplinary research alliance proposing new ideas to optimise the use of nitrogen. The ideas have to be sustainable in the sense that they have to improve resource efficiency and public health, and at the same time reduce climatic and environmental impact.

Behind the alliance are Danish and foreign universities and several partners from the business world including agribusinesses and related companies as well as public authorities and interest groups. DNMARK aims to develop effective solutions to the nitrogen challenges we face in Denmark.

The solutions must meet the requirements from both food industry, society and the environment. Previous attempts to reduce nitrogen loss to the environment have often failed or caused new problems. Therefor the alliance faces a major task.

In brief the aim of the alliance is to find new ideas and ways [1] to sustainable use [2] of nitrogen to the mutual benefit [3] of society, environment and the agricultural and food industry [4].

[1] ”New ways” can be found through interactions with stakeholders representing local, regional, national as well as international perspectives.

[2] “Sustainable use” means improved resource efficiency as well as reduced environmental and climatic impact in relation to N.

[3] “Mutual benefit” means that the work and results accomplished in the alliance will benefit researchers, authorities, industry and interest groups as well as citizens.

[4] “The agricultural and food industry” covers the primary and ancillary industries accounting for food production, energy, materials, experiences, environment, nature and other benefits related to landscape and rural areas.