The Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences (DIAS) is the largest research institute within the area of agriculture and food production in Denmark. DIAS belongs to the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and has research centres located at five locations in Denmark. DIAS also has several research stations and a department of testing new agricultural plant varieties. The nearly 1000 employees at DIAS have excellent support facilities including modern laboratories and experimental facilities, animal barns, a research abattoir, a feed factory, greenhouses and farmland allocated to field trials and animal feed production. The annual turnover of DIAS is 557 million DKK.
Department of Animal Nutrition and Physiology has a staff of 70 persons equally distributed between scientific and technical staffs. The focus of research is on different aspects of nutrition and physiology in relation to animals and using animals as models for humans with emphasis on fate and function of various nutritive and non-nutritive compounds. The department has the facility for carrying out research with laboratory animals, a surgery room, an intensive barn for balance studies with monogastric and polygastric animals, facilities for studying the absorption of nutrients and non-nutritive compounds to the portal vein and methodologies for studying energy metabolism. The laboratories are well equipped with analytical instruments such as GC-MS, LC-MS, confocal laser scanning microscope to mention the major ones.
Last updated on 2007-03-01 by Gertrud Linsberger-Martin