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Reality is not what it was. Aarhus University is now heading for digital horizons with a strategic research centre aimed at creating new recognitions and knowledge about important aspects of the digital reality of the future. (Photo: Colourbox)

2017.09.27 | Public / media, Staff

Aarhus University will boost digital understanding

Progress in electronic technologies during the last five decades has fundamentally changed society on a global scale, and has been of radical importance for industry and business. The digital ‘revolution’ is in full swing, and will only escalate in the coming years. Denmark is in a good position at the front and, with the establishment of a…

2017.09.26 | Public / media

Danish discovery can pave the way for more effective cholesterol medicine

Research from Aarhus University sheds new light on how the body converts the bad kind of cholesterol. The discovery could lead to new and potentially more effective medicine.

Many people are under more pressure in their everyday lives, and this means that ready-prepared dishes end up in their shopping baskets when cooking becomes too much of a burden on a Wednesday night. But what are the nutritional values in such food? What strain do our altered eating habits put on the production chain – can agriculture keep up? What about the climate and nature? And our health? The new research centre now focuses sharply on the foods of the future. iFOOD opens on 25 September. (Photo: Colourbox)
All the way. By providing an interdisciplinary platform with research-based solutions, iFOOD will be able to collaborate with ingredients and food producers, the retail industry, consumers, and the health sector. iFOOD can be of significant importance for the entire production chain in modern food production. This graphic shows (in Danish) how interdisciplinary research covers the journey from field to table, and on to our perception of the nutritional importance. (Illustration: iFOOD)

2017.09.25 | Science and Technology, Public / media, Staff

New research centre focuses on the foods of the future

While the demand for food products is increasing, consumer confidence in food is on the decline. The population of the world is increasing every year at a rate corresponding to the population of Germany. This places demands on the food production of the future if there will be enough food to go round. With its new strategic centre for food…

2017.09.12 | Public / media

Improved solution to increase fertility in high-yielding cows

Through decades, researchers have been able to increase milk production in cows by intense genetic selection. However, this has resulted in a reversal of the fertility of the cows. This has led the researchers to find an optimum solution.

2017.09.08 | Business

Aarhus University project boosts success of entrepreneurial companies

Entrepreneurs should collaborate with established companies – it increases their viability. This is demonstrated by the SPININ method developed by Aarhus University in collaboration with the Danish Industry Foundation. Read more (in Danish only) here.

Rock rose (<em>Cistus creticus</em>) visited by a Trichodes beetle. Photos: Aphrodite Kantsa, Aegean University, Mytilini
The scrubland at Agios Stefanos on the island of Lesbos, where the researchers studied 41 insect-pollinated species of plants. Click on this and the other illustrations to see them in full size.
Collecting fragrance from the <em>Serapias vomeracea</em> orchid.
A <em>Serapias vomeracea</em> orchid visited by a <em>Rhodanthidium septemdentatum</em> bee.
A plant-fragrance network. The nodes are plant species that are linked if they share fragrance(s). The network has seven modules (groups). A module is a group of closely connected nodes. Each module will therefore contain plant species with fragrances from the same chemical main group(s).

2017.09.06 | Public / media

A waft of purple

A new study shows a link between the colour of a flower and its fragrance. Flowers combine colour and fragrance to attract the right pollinators – and they even work together with other species.

2017.09.05 | Public / media, Staff

Aarhus University’s agricultural research in the world’s elite

Aarhus University has achieved a good position in the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities, and is number eight in the field of Agricultural Sciences.

(Photo: Colourbox)

2017.09.04 | Science and Technology, Staff, Public / media

13 radical ideas launched

From 1 September, the maturation process of 13 radical ideas will begin. All the ideas are deemed to have the potential to impact the future development of the oil and gas industry. For the next three months, the researchers will investigate their ideas in an effort to figure out whether they still have potential or not.

Professor Karl Anker Jørgensen is presented with the Carlsberg Foundation Research Prize 2017 by HRH Crown Princess Mary. Photo: Martin Juul 
Presentation of the Carlsberg Foundation Research Prizes 2017. From left: President of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters Mogens Høgh Jensen, Minister for Higher Education and Science Søren Pind, award winner Mette Birkedal Bruun, HRH Crown Princess Mary, award winner Karl Anker Jørgensen, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Carlsberg Foundation Flemming Besenbacher and Secretary General of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters Lars Arge. Photo: Martin Juul

2017.09.04 | Public / media, Staff

The Carlsberg Foundation awards Research Prize to Professor of Chemistry Karl Anker Jørgensen

The prize was awarded for his ground-breaking research in organic chemistry.

2017.09.04 | Public / media, Science and Technology

The Kepler Satellite discovers stellar variability in the Seven Sisters (Pleiades cluster)

The Seven Sisters have been used as a guinea pig for a new method of stellar photometry. Tim White, Department of Physics and Astronomy, is the lead author of a new article in the prestigious journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS).