Organisation

AGRO has just less than 270 employees. These employees are organised into six research sections, 3 field units and a secretariat (see Figure below). The map shows where AGRO has research and teaching facilities in Denmark. A more specific description of the organisation and the individual sections will be presented below. The management structure, coordination and delegation of management and involvement of employees is explained under the menus "Management" and "Project management" .

AGRO conducts research into the interaction between climate, soil, plants, animals and humans in agricultural systems for the advancement of health, sustainability and environmentally friendly production of foods, feed and energy. Since soil and climate play an important part in these research activities, AGRO is geographically located at various sites in Denmark. The main activities take place at AU-Flakkebjerg and AU-Foulum but there are also a number of activities at the research stations at Askov and Jyndevad. All employees in CROP and PATENT are located at AU-Flakkebjerg. The employees in JORD, JORNÆR, KLIMA and SYSTEM are all located at Foulum. The employees in STAB, which primarily services the researchers and the department management team, are located at AU-Foulum and AU-Flakkebjerg. The employees in MARK are located at all four sites. These employees are responsible for conducting the many field trials in AGRO, which makes geographical proximity important.

Placering af AGRO's aktiviteter i Danmark

Below is a brief description of the objectives of the sections, field units and the secretariat in AGRO. A more extensive description can be found here: http://agro.au.dk.

Crop Health (CROP)
The section conducts research into crop health, which comprises pests, nutrients and crop quality, in order to contribute to environmentally and economically sustainable crop production.

Entomology and Plant Pathology (PATENT)
The section conducts research into prevention and control of plant diseases, pests and honeybee diseases.

Soil Physics and Hydropedology (JORD)
The section conducts research into basic soil physical, chemical and hydrological process understanding and into obtaining quantitative insight into the spatial distribution of soil properties on a local, regional and national scale.

Soil Fertility (JORNÆR)
The section conducts research into the interaction between plant growth, soil fertility and the biogeochemically mediated turnover of nutrients and carbon in agricultural soils.

Climate and Water (KLIMA)
The section conducts research into the interaction between climate and agricultural production, including how agricultural climatic load can be reduced, how production can be adapted to changing climatic conditions, how water resources can best be utilised and protected and how biomass production can be increased, taking this into consideration.

Agricultural Systems and Sustainability (SYSTEM)
The section conducts research into how the sustainability of different farming and food systems can be improved. The focus is on the balance between production competitiveness, the impact on nature and environment and the contribution to rural development and how this is influenced by agronomic-biological factors, the organisation of food chains and the regulation of agricultural production.

Field Trials and Semi-field Areas (MARK)
The section conducts practical trials at the department’s unique research facilities, including research stations and semi-field areas with different soil types and climates.

Secretariat (STAB)
The secretariat provides administrative support of both the department management team and the department’s other employees for their activities within research, teaching and public sector consultancy.