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Microscope image of cable bacteria reaching one end out for oxygen. The deformed oxygen front is seen as a milky line consisting of smaller bacteria attracted to the interface with the lower oxygen free layer. (Photo: Stefano Scilipoti).

2021.02.10 | Department of Biology

Electric cable bacteria breathe oxygen with unheard efficiency

Ten years ago, researchers at Aarhus University, Denmark, reported the discovery of centimeter-long cable bacteria, that live by conducting an electric current from one end to the other. Now the researchers document that a few cells operate with extremely high oxygen consumption while the rest of the cells process food and grow without oxygen. An…

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2021.02.05 | Department of Biology, Department of Chemistry

Research infrastructure pool designates two recipients from the faculty

Two research projects at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, have received a total of DKK 61.6 million for research equipment and facilities to support their work on green development.

During the GIOS project, automated measurement stations will be established in and around Greenland to monitor changes in the atmosphere, on the inland ice, on land, in lakes, rivers, fjords and in the sea. Some of the measurement stations will be established in mobile containers that can be moved from one location to the other. The stations will all be connected to wind turbines and solar cells, allowing measurement and transmission of data via satellite all year-round. Here is a measurement station situated on the inland ice near Tasiilaq, East Greenland. Photo Andreas Ahlstrom
An automated measurement station established at the research station Zackenberg in North-East Greenland. Photo: Marcin Jackovicz-Korczynski.
Within the framework of the GIOS project, a number of easily manageable and cheap measurement buoys will be installed; the buoys move up and down in the sea and transmit data via satellites when they are at the surface. Here one of the buoys is tested outside Ella Island in East Greenland. Photo: Lucas Sandby.

2021.02.04 | Department of Biology, Sustainability

Aarhus University heads large-scale joint Arctic efforts in the Danish Realm

The Ministry of Higher Education and Science has just granted almost DKK 37 million to a targeted effort to unravel the importance of the ongoing climate change in the Arctic environment, how quickly the changes take place and how they affect the rest of the planet. The project brings all the Arctic stakeholders of the Danish Realm together in one…

[Translate to English:] Foto: Jesper Rais/AU Foto

2021.02.05 | Faculty of Natural Sciences

How management dealt with the Nature article case

A scientific article published in Nature in 2016 has been the subject of criticism from peers for a number of years, and it has given rise to an important case for the university's Research Practice Committee. The matter has been mentioned several times in the newspaper Berlingske and most recently in other media. The media coverage could give the…

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.

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