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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.

The wigeon (top from left to right), the shoveler, the pintail and the golden-eye. Images: Pixabay
Wing samples submitted by Danish hunters show a decrease in the number of young teal, shovelers, pintail, wigeon, tufted ducks and golden-eyes. Illustration: Fox & Christensen
The development in the annual share of females among adult ducks among wing samples sumitted by Danish hunters 1982-2017. Illustration: Fox & Christensen
The development in the annual share of juvenile females in wing samples submitted by Danish hunters in the period 1982-2017. Illustration: Fox & Christensen

Fewer females cause ripples in the duck pond

2018.11.01A new study from the Department of Bioscience shows a surprising decrease in the proportion of females among four common waterfowl. Researchers are concerned about the uneven gender balance and predict it could have consequences for the populations, if the trend continues.

The most recent figures from the Danish Beekeepers Association show that almost one in five Danish bee colonies died in the winter of 2017. Photo: Pixabay

New research project on bees puts the spotlight on insecticides

2018.10.31Worldwide, beekeepers report about increasing mortality among honey bees. A new European research project with participation from the Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, will now investigate the effects of insecticides on bees to stop the deadly development.

[Translate to English:] This spring Karen La Cour Jørgensen, Oliver Hansen, Trine Henriksen and Lasse Jensen participated in the mentor scheme. Photo: Lea Laursen Pasgaard

Mentor scheme ensures new students a good start at Bioscience

2018.10.24The Department of Bioscience tested a mentor scheme the previous semester, where a team of older students guided students at the second semester about life as a biology student. The evaluations were very positive, and the arrangement is repeated in the spring. Here four students talk about what they got out of participating.

Mammals cannot evolve fast enough to escape current extinction crisis

2018.10.17We humans are exterminating animal and plant species so quickly that nature's built-in defence mechanism, evolution, cannot keep up. An Aarhus-led research team calculated that if current conservation efforts are not improved, so many mammal species will become extinct during the next five decades that nature will need 3-5 million years to recover.

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