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Researchers from Aarhus University have discovered that ITIH4 inhibits proteases in the innate immune system via an unknown mechanism. Figure: Rasmus Kjeldsen Jensen.

2021.01.26 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

An interdisciplinary research team from Denmark discovers new control mechanism in the innate immune system

Although the protein ITIH4 is found in large amounts in the blood, its function has so far been unknown. By combining many different techniques, researchers from Aarhus University have discovered that ITIH4 inhibits proteases in the innate immune system via an unknown mechanism. The research results have just been published in the prestigious…

Professor Jens-Christian Svenning has received the Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award of DKK 5 million for his significant contribution to technical and scientific research.

2021.01.25 | Department of Biology

Jens-Christian Svenning receives Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award

Professor Jens-Christian Svenning conducts research into the dynamics of biodiversity and ecosystems to reveal the factors that shape, threaten and safeguard biological diversity on Earth. He has received the prestigious Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award of DKK 5 million for his work.

Faba bean (poto: Marcin Nadzieja, MBG, AU)

2021.01.25 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

New grant for improving faba bean yield and protein quality

With a grant of DKK 15 million (EUR 2M) from the Green Development and Demonstration Programme (GUDP) - a programme under the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries of Denmark - Danish researchers and breeders will develop new faba bean cultivars for use as a locally grown alternative to imported soy protein.

Associate professor Mie Andersen (photo: AU FOTO)
Assistant professor Tina Santl-Temkiv (photo: AU FOTO)

2021.01.21 | Department of Physics, Department of Biology

Two new VILLUM Young Investigators at Faculty of Natural Sciences

Since 2011 the Young Investigator-programme from the VILLUM Foundation has supported the carriers of young and ambitious researchers. This year two new promising talents has received a grant amounting to approx. 14 mio. DKK.

The consortium, BOUNDLESS, has received DKK 14.4 M from the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The consortium consists of Frans Mulder, Lene N. Nejsum, and Magnus Kjærgaard from Aarhus University as well as Siewert Jan Marrink from University of Groningen (NL). (Photos: private)

2021.01.19 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, iNANO

New interdisciplinary consortium at AU will study membrane-less organelles

Associate Professor Magnus Kjærgaard participates in a new consortium, BOUNDLESS, headed by Associate Professor Frans Mulder and funded by the Interdisciplinary Synergy Programme of the Novo Nordisk Foundation. With the grant of DKK 14.4 M, the consortium will study how membrane-less organelles control key biological processes.

Professor Peter Jørgensen, photo: Kathrine Tang Riewe

2021.01.08 | Department of Mathematics

Mathematician receives DNRF Chair from the Danish National Research Foundation

Professor Peter Jørgensen, Department of Mathematics, has been awarded a DNRF Chair from the Danish National Research Foundation, which is just the second overall since the instrument was launched in 2020, and the first awarded to Natural Science.

The LysM receptors on the outside of root cells from the legume Lotus japonicus determine whether harmful or beneficial microbes from the soil are recognised by the plant. The structure of the symbiotic receptor LYK3 and comparison with the immune chitin receptor CERK6 helped the researchers map important elements for recognition (figure: Kasper Røjkjær Andersen)

2021.01.05 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Top 5 science result in 2020: Signal molecules are the key to less use of fertilisers

Results published in Science from Aarhus University describe how legumes pick up special signalling molecules to distinguish between harmful and beneficial microbes. These results have been nominated by the Danish technical news journal “Ingeniøren” (the Engineer) as being among the five most important results in Denmark in 2020.

Thick deposits of loess (wind-blown dust) in Tajikistan (Central Asia), which have accumulated over approx. 2 million years, makes it possible to reconstruct changes in the area's environment, climate and ecology, as well as date the first presence of prehistoric and modern people in the area.

2021.01.05 | Department of Geoscience

The Department of Geoscience participates in an international NordForsk project

Andrew Murray and Mads Faurschou Knudsen from the Department of Geoscience, together with colleagues from DTU and the universities in Oslo, Uppsala, Moscow, Novosibirsk and Dushanbe (Tajikistan), have received 15 million. NOK to study the first presence of both prehistoric and anatomically modern humans in Central Asia.

Figure: Søren Lykkke-Andersen.

2021.01.04 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Integrator: A guardian of the human transcriptome

In a joint collaboration, Danish and German researchers have characterized a cellular activity that protects our cells from potentially toxic by-products of gene expression. This activity is central for the ability of multicellular organisms to uphold a robust evolutionary ‘reservoir’ of gene products.