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In 2017 Professor Thomas Pohl moved from the Max Planck Institute in Dresden to a Niels Bohr professorship at Aarhus University. Now he is going to head the basic research center CCQ. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU.

2019.10.23 | Public / media

New centre will mix exotic quantum cocktails of light and matter

The Danish National Research Foundation has granted DKK 66.6 million (EUR 8.8 mill.) to Professor Thomas Pohl and the Center for Complex Quantum Systems (CCQ). "Complex quantum systems" is no understatement. The new basic research centre will combine the known quantum technologies and see what photons, ultracold atoms and laser-cooled ions can do…

Professor Liv Hornekær will lead the new basic research center InterCat. She is a pioneer in the new interdisciplinary research field of astrochemistry. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Photo

2019.10.23 | Public / media

New centre to find the origins of life in space

With DKK 67.4 million (EUR 8.9 mill.) from the Danish National Research Foundation, professor Liv Hornekær at Aarhus University will establish Center for Interstellar Catalysis, in order to find out how and when the building blocks of life formed in the universe.

Wood ants moved from the forest to an apple plantation reduced the occurrence of apple diseases in the plantation. (Photo: Jens Henrik Petersen).

2019.10.17 | Public / media

Ants fight plant diseases

New research from Aarhus University shows that ants inhibit at least 14 different plant diseases. The small insects secrete antibiotics from glands in the body. On their legs and body, they also host colonies of bacteria that secrete antibiotics. It is probably these substances that inhibit a number of different diseases and researchers now hope…