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Rice plants in soil without cable bacteria (left) and with cable bacteria (right). The activity of cable bacteria can be clearly seen by the formation of an orange rust crust on the surface of the soil in the rice pot. The bacteria dissolve black iron sulphide in the soil and convert the sulphide into sulphate while the iron wanders to the surface and forms rust when it comes into contact with oxygen. Photos: Vincent Valentin Scholz, AU
Microscopy of cable bacteria in a lake. Photo: Yuri Gorby and Nils Risgaard-Petersen
The emitted amount of CH4 from replicate rice pots with cable bacteria (circles) and without cable bacteria (triangles) normalized to the surface area of the pots as a function of time. Graphics: © Vincent Valentin Scholz / Nature Communcations

2020.04.20 | Department of Biology, Sustainability

Cable bacteria can drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from rice cultivation

A Danish-German research collaboration may have found a solution to the large climate impact from the world's rice production: By adding electric conductive cable bacteria to soil with rice plants, they could reduce methane emissions by more than 90%.

A humpback whale jumps out of the water, with a Chilean volcano in the background. Since listing for conservation, the number of humpback whales has risen from a few hundred in the 1970s to the current tens of thousands. Photo: R. Hucke-Gaete (UACH/CBA)

2020.04.08 | Department of Biology, Sustainability

Life in the oceans could be restored in 30 years: provided we act now

According to an international group of marine scientists, it is not too late to restore the ecosystems in the world's oceans. If we follow their road map and, in particular, get to grips with climate change, we could even achieve this by 2050.

2020.04.03 | Faculty of Natural Sciences

Video greeting from Dean Kristian Pedersen

The new dean at Faculty of Natural Sciences sends a greeting to employee sand students of the faculty.

Daniel Dupont is one of the very few who, exceptionally, has been granted access to his laboratory to develop means to combat coronavirus. Private photo.
Marie Rosenstand Hansen makes sure that both the spiders and their feed are thriving in the Spiderlab. Private photo.
Andreas Basse O'Connor can continue his mathematics research at home without problem. One fringe benefit is that his children keep him supplied with lunch and snacks. Private photo.
Bo Holm Jacobsen from Geoscience teaches live from his attic. Private photo
Facility Management employee Allan Madsen in an empty chemistry cafeteria. Private photo.
Mads Fabian Andersen is a manager at SONG and he’s in a race against time in Australia. Private photo.
Captain Torben Vang and the research vessel Aurora are moored up in the Port of Aarhus. Private photo.
Katrine Domino from iNANO did her PhD defence online, but she’ll have to wait to celebrate at a later date. Private photo.

2020.04.02 | Faculty of Natural Sciences

Life with lockdown

Working and studying has been different in just as many ways as there are employees and students, and together, each in their own way, they are keeping the wheels of Nat running. Separately. Meet some of them here.

Photo: Mads Fredslund Andersen

2020.04.01 | Department of Physics

COVID-19 closes the SONG telescope in Tenerife

The automated SONG telescope in Tenerife does not require on-site staff to conduct the observations of stars, yet the Corona virus has forced the leaders of the SONG project to shut down the observatory for at least two weeks.

Professor and head of department at the Department of Computer Science, Kaj Grønbæk (left), and Professor Peter Gorm Larsen at the Department of Engineering (right). Photo: AU Foto.

2020.03.30 | Computer Science, Grant

EUR 35 million to solve future challenges for Danish industry

With more than a quarter of a billion DKK, and in close collaboration with more than 50 industrial partners, Danish researchers and experts are now joining forces in the MADE FAST development project, aiming to make Danish production more efficient, flexible and sustainable.

Left: Professor Ira Assent, Right: Professor Birgit Schiøtt. Photo: AU foto

2020.03.30 | Computer Science, Department of Chemistry, iNANO

There is synergy between computer science and chemistry

Professor Ira Assent from Department of Computer Science and Professor Birgit Schiøtt from Department of Chemistry and iNANO have received a VILLUM Synergy grant of DKK 3.0 million for development of new cluster models that can provide a more accurate insight into proteins at the molecular level.

The three recipients of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual fellowship (from left): Narcis Petriman, Ronja Driller and Jan Heiner Driller. Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen

2020.03.25 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Three molecular biologists receive the prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship

Narcis Adrian Petriman, Ronja Driller and Jan Heiner Driller from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University receive the highly prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. It is the first time that the Department obtains three fellowships in one application round.

(Foto: Mark Marathon/Wikipedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Outback_camels.jpg)
Professor Jens-Christian Svenning (Foto: AU Foto)

2020.03.25 | Department of Biology, Sustainability

Feral dromedary camels and other non-native mammals recreate the nature of the past

No, we are not about to clone animals from the Ice Age tundra. An international research team has discovered that introduced (non-native) mammal species contribute to restoring the function of native mammal communities from the time before large animals were displaced or killed off by humans thousands of years ago. The study does not consider…

Professor Jørgen Kjems from iNANO and the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics is heading the group of AU researchers participating in the project. Photo: Peter F. Gammelby, AU

2020.03.20 | Grant, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, iNANO

AU stepping up virus research with extensive funding from the Carlsberg Foundation

Working with researchers from Health, the University of Copenhagen and Statens Serum Institut, as well as DKK 25 million (EUR 3.3 million) from the Carlsberg Foundation, Professor Jørgen Kjems from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) is developing methods to diagnose, treat and…

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