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DNA traces on wild flowers reveal insect visitors

2019.02.08Researchers from Aarhus University have discovered that insects leave tiny DNA traces on the flowers they visit. This newly developed eDNA method holds a vast potential for documenting unknown insect-plant interactions, keeping track of endangered pollinators, such as wild bees and butterflies, as well as in the management of unwanted pest species.

Growing interest in Danish biodiversity

2019.02.01An impressive more than 400 people turned up to the fifth Biodiversity Symposium, held at Aarhus University on 22 January. Researchers, managers, consultants and policy-makers gathered to take stock of biodiversity in the Danish countryside. The good attendance bears witness to a large and increasing interest in the topic.

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A pod of porpoise in the open sea (Photo: Colourbox)

Baltic Sea Harbour porpoise foraging habitats

2019.02.14New report details the foraging habits of Harbour porpoises in the Baltic Sea. The report is based on a study done by scientist from DCE – National Centre for Environment and Energy from 2010-2015.

Human mutation rate has slowed recently

2019.01.23Researchers from Aarhus University and Copenhagen Zoo have discovered that the human mutation rate is significantly slower than for our closest primate relatives. The new knowledge may be important for estimates of when the common ancestor for humans and chimpanzees lived - and for conservation of large primates in the wild.

Otoliths - the fish’s black box - also keeps an eye on the metabolism

2019.01.21For the first time ever, an international research team has shown that fish otoliths record information on fish metabolism. Analyses of old and new otoliths can therefore provide new knowledge about how different species of fish adapt to new conditions, including climate change.

Satellite images reveal global poverty

2019.01.08How far have we come in achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals that we are committed to nationally and internationally? Yes, it can be difficult to make a global assessment of poverty and poor economic conditions, but with an eye in the sky, researchers are able to give us a very good hint of the living conditions of populations in the world’s poor countries.

Conference: Partnerships for a sustainable future

2018.12.17Join us when Aarhus University invites to a conference about UN's 17 sustainable development goals, focusing on developing sustainable solutions in collaboration between the university, public authorities and companies.

Associate Professor Philip Francis Thomsen

Associate Professor Philip Francis Thomsen receives the prestigious Carlsberg Foundation Distinguished Fellowship

2018.12.14The Distinguished Fellowship makes it possible for Dr. Thomsen to create a state-of-the environmental DNA research facility at the Department of Bioscience.

Associate Professor Wolf L. Eiserhardt receives the prestigious Sapere Aude grant of 5,9 mio DKK

2018.12.11The Sapere Aude grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark is of nearly DKK 6.000.000 , and it gives Wolf L. Eiserhardt the opportunity to expand his research on the species of the tropical rainforest with a focus on biodiversity research.

A porpoise with a transmitter attached with suction cups. The transmitter registers every time the animal comes up to breathe. When porpoises are caught in seine nets, scientists are able to catch the animal alive and attach transmitters to their backs before they are released again. Photo: Jonas Teilmann

A blubber coat and large amounts of fish keep Denmark’s smallest whale, the porpoise, alive in the cold winter

2018.12.07Porpoises are among the world’s smallest marine mammals, but despite their small size they need to maintain a body temperature of 37 degrees year-round, just like all other mammals. We, land-living mammals, would soon succumb to the ice-cold water where the temperature gets down to zero degrees in winter. How do the porpoises meet the challenge?

WATEC researcher receives Sapere Aude grant of nearly six Mio. DKK.

2018.12.05Today WATEC associated researcher Ass. Professor Klaus Koren receives the prestigious Sapere Aude grant of nearly six Mio DKK from the Independent Research Fund Denmark. New sensor for real time measure of the fish toxin ammonia in aquatic environments will help protect the environment and take water technology research to a new level.

A bigger nose, a bigger bang: size matters for echolocating toothed whales

2018.11.16Whales, dolphins, and porpoises have all evolved to use similar narrow beams of high intensity sound to echolocate prey. Far from being inefficient, this highly focused sense may have helped them succeed as top predators in the world's oceans.

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