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Niels-Ole Hørlyk took water samples in Bønnerup Marina as one of 200 volunteers in the HavBlitz citizen science project on 29 September 2019. Photo: Private.
A map of the sites from where the volunteers twice collected water samples. Graphic: AU

2021.07.22 | Department of Biology

Volunteers conducted a survey of residents in the sea around Denmark

Biologists from Aarhus University and the University of Copenhagen have studied the environmental DNA in water samples collected simultaneously by 370 volunteers on two occasions from almost 100 sites along the Danish coast. The combination of citizen science and environmental DNA has provided an effective overview of biodiversity in Danish…

Researchers have identified the VC1 gene as responsible for the production of anti-nutrients vicine and convicine that make people sensitive to the faba bean (photo: Frederick Stoddard, University of Helsinki)

2021.07.07 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Sustainability

Protein crop’s potential unlocked by deciphering anti-nutrient biosynthesis

Faba beans are an excellent source of food protein, but about 4% of the world’s population are afflicted by favism, which renders them sensitive to the faba bean anti-nutrients vicine and convicine. Now, an international research team has identified the VC1 gene as responsible for the production of these compounds.

The sun may be setting on the inland ice sheet as we know it, but we still need to understand how the area around north-east Greenland has evolved over time in order to assess any possible changes caused by anthropogenic climate change. This work can now begin under the leadership of a geology professor from Aarhus. (Photo: Colourbox)

2021.07.05 | Department of Geoscience, Sustainability

Secrets of the ice

There is still so much we don’t know about the earth. One of the blind spots can be found in northeast Greenland, and it is relevant to climate change and the marine environment. An AU-led research project will now generate valuable knowledge about the region by using a new and unique data set collected during a successful expedition.

Associate Professor Ebbe S. Andersen, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) at Aarhus University has received the Danish polymer Prize - ATV | Elastyrenprisen 2021. Chairman of the Prize committee Niels Chr. Nielsen also handed over the prize to Associate Professor Anders Egede Daugaard (DTU). Photo: Tom Jersø

2021.06.22 | Faculty of Natural Sciences, iNANO, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Ebbe S. Andersen honored by the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences

Congratulations to Associate Professor Ebbe S. Andersen who is awarded the Danish polymer prize, Elastyrenprisen 2021, for being an internationally recognized scientist and a pioneer within biopolymer research, including RNA origami. The award is given by the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV).

Professor Poul Nissen awarded Anders Jahre's large medical prize 2021. Photo: Lars Kruse - AU Foto

2021.06.10 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, iNANO

Professor Poul Nissen awarded Anders Jahre's large medical prize 2021

One of the Nordic region's most prestigious research prizes, the Anders Jahre Prize, goes to Professor Poul Nissen from Aarhus University. Poul Nissen is awarded the prize for his research in the transport of proteins in and out of cells. This knowledge is of great importance for understanding diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and…

An artistic rendering of RNA polymerase folding RNA origami scaffolds with two proteins. At the top right a finished scaffolding with proteins marked with the colors yellow and cyan. Figure: Cody Geary
Overview of some of the RNA origami structures designed in the current study compared with a bacterial ribosome (grey). RNA origami structures are coloured by the elements they consist of: 180 degree interactions (purple), 120 degree interactions (dark green), tetra loops (yellow) and dovetail seams (dark blue). Central structure scaffold aptamers (green and orange) and fluorescent proteins. Figure: Cody Geary and Ebbe S. Andersen.
Design and characterisation of RNA origami structures. RNA drawings, atomic models and sequences are designed on the computer. A DNA template is synthesised and transcribed and then folded by an RNA polymerase. The RNA structure is characterised by microscopy methods. Figure: Cody Geary

2021.05.31 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, iNANO

Bigger and better RNA scaffolds for organising proteins

Researchers from Aarhus University and Caltech have developed a method to build much larger, though still nanosize, RNA scaffolds than previously thought possible using RNA origami. The method is based on new software that has been made available online so other researchers can use it to develop biosensors, nanorobots and medicine – including…

Professor Anja-Verena Mudring (photo Magnus Bergström)
The Western coastline of Jutland has been a returning theme for the internationally known scientist, Anja-Verena Mudring. She is now ready to take up a position as a professor at the Department of Chemistry at Aarhus University, where a welcome 'bonus' is to be closer to the coastline. (Photo: Colorbox)

2021.05.28 | Department of Chemistry

The endless possibilities of impossible salt

This summer, Aarhus University will welcome Professor Anja-Verena Mudring when she joins the Department of Chemistry. Professor Mudring is one of the world's top researchers in the field of materials research. She is one of the leaders in materials development for energy conversion, and she has made a particularly prominent impression in the field…

[Translate to English:] Astrid Strunk modtager en AUFF-pris for sin forskning i Nordgrønland. Foto: Maiken Kestner

2021.05.25 | Department of Geoscience

Geologist Astrid Strunk receives AUFF's PhD award

Every year, the Aarhus University Research Foundation awards PhD prizes to five young researchers with extraordinary talent. The five award recipients have all made a name for themselves, both with their results and with the way they have communicated the results.

Mads Reinholdt Jensen is taking water samples south of Aarhus. In the background are children from a kindergarten on a field trip. Photo: Eva Egelyng Sigsgaard, AU.
Among other things, the researchers found eDNA from stonefly larvae. The picture shows an adult stage stonefly found in the Store Hansted Å stream. Stoneflies are often found near freshwater streams. They require an aquatic environment with high water quality and are therefore a good indicator of the state of the aquatic environment. Photo: Philip Francis Thomsen, AU

2021.05.25 | Department of Biology, Sustainability

Researchers use DNA from streams for biodiversity monitoring

Why spend time wading through streams and rivers to catch insects and other small animals with finely meshed nets, when all you need is their DNA in a water sample to check the biodiversity in the watercourse? Using this method, which is called environmental DNA (eDNA), researchers from Aarhus University have detected 212 different species of…

[Translate to English:] iNANO og Institut for Kemi på Aarhus Universitet deltager i et partnerskab med industrien om at genanvende vindmøllevinger. Illustration: Colourbox

2021.05.19 | iNANO, Department of Chemistry

New coalition of industry and academia to commercialise solution for full recyclability of wind turbine blades

A new partnership between Skrydstrup Group (iNANO & Dept. of Chemistry, Aarhus University), Vestas, Olin, and the Danish Technological Institute collides industry and research to support circularity of wind turbine blades. The CETEC project paves the way for manufacturing new blades using materials from old turbine blades, thereby creating fully…

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