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Food and health

The quality of agricultural raw materials is closely linked to the cultivation or rearing methods used, and has a big impact on the quality of the final food products. Hygiene aspects of food, and illnesses contracted through food, are areas of research directly connected to our everyday lives. Examples of research into food include the development of new methods of analysing food with regard to fibre, starch, vitamins, antioxidants, oxidation, antibiotic residues, tenderness, etc. SLU's research is primarily conducted into the chemistry, hygiene, and toxicology of food, meat science, dairy products, and plant products. Discoveries resulting from research into plants and animals, in areas such as gene technology and veterinary medicine, can often enhance our understanding of humans and human health. For example, the genes of the pig are very similar to human genes. The healing effect of forests and gardens is another issue in SLU research.

There are 16 pages tagged with Food and health:

Aquaculture opportunities and challenges

Say 'agriculture' and everyone gets an idea of what you're talking about. But say 'aquaculture' and the associations might not be as clear. Aquaculture has great potential to grow, as more than

Nosar i jakt på fruktträdskräfta

Diminished crops and lowered fruit quality are some of the effects of Fruit tree canker, the single most destructive disease plaguing Swedish apple orchards. In order to trace the disease early and


Close monitoring of raw milk quality is vital, as high quality in the final product can only be achieved using high-quality raw milk. Hence, approaches to characterise the raw milk, factors

Stop the amount of PFAS in circulation

PFAS are chemicals that are both harmful to human health and difficult to break down. People can be exposed to PFAS in several different ways, including by drinking tap water. Since drinking water is

A non-destructive tool for quality assurance of cheese ripening

There is a drive towards automation and continuous quality control of cheeses through real-time analysis during the ripening process. Development of novel technologies enable this trend. We present

How milk quality is affected by dairy farming system and sampling month

In two companion scientific publications in the Journal of Dairy Science, researchers at SLU report on how Swedish farm milk quality is affected by the dairy farming system (I) and the sampling month

Cod flounder

The demersal fish community in the Baltic Sea has gone through substantial change in its structure during the past 40 years. The decrease of large predatory cod may be an important driver behind the

Less complex ecosystems and loss of biodiversity can lead to new outbreaks of disease

How can the loss of biodiversity affect the spread of diseases between animals and humans? A new meta-analysis of a phenomenon known as the dilution effect shows a relationship between loss of

zoonoses hantavirus infection

Diseases spread between animals and humans, so called zoonoses, are an increasing threat to public health. The recent outbreak of covid-19 caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is one such example.

Theoretical value of pre-trade testing for Salmonella

The Swedish Salmonella control programme includes mandatory action if Salmonella is detected in a herd. The aim of this study was to assess the relative value of different strategies for pre-movement

The threat amongst the berries – how dangerous is the fox tapeworm?

Five years ago, the fox tapeworm was discovered for the first time in Sweden. Should we be afraid, and how much do we know about the tapeworm’s effect on us? The fox tapeworm, Echinococcus

Food safety challenges and One Health within Europe

This review discusses food safety aspects of importance from a One Health perspective, focusing on Europe. Using examples of food pathogen/food commodity combinations, spread of antimicrobial