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Research

The research at Bioscience spans over all biological levels from genes, physiological processes, individuals, populations and species to entire ecosystems. We work with evolutionary processes, which are the foundation of all life and explore the mechanisms, which explain the correlation between living organisms and the environment. The research activities seek the interface between disciplines such as Zoophysiology, Bioinformatics and Geomicrobiology. Research at the Department of Bioscience includes basic research, applied research and strategic research.

Evolution

Exploring the evolutionary process is a vital part of biology and a prerequisite for our understanding of life and the interaction with the environment that surrounds us. Evolution is also a key to understanding how biodiversity may evolve in the future where human-induced environmental changes will produce alterations in the selection pressure for many organisms.

Genetics

Genetics is about identifying adaptation and evolution of the genetic material, investigating which genes and gene products that are activated by certain conditions and exploring the role these genes play in, for example, development or evolutionary adaptation.

Biodiversity and Conservation

In the Department of Bioscience we conduct research into the conditions in the environment that may explain biodiversity. This applies both to natural conditions in soil, water and air as well as to human impacts on those conditions such as is the case with nutrients, use of water and raw materials and release of hazardous substances.

Freshwater Ecology

In a constantly changing world, there is enormous pressure on fresh water. In the future, it is vital that we continue to develop an understanding of the biological, chemical and physical processes in and around fresh water. 

Marine Ecology

We are studying the human impacts on the planet and the global biogeochemical cycle as well as the role that the global climate change plays. Based on solid research efforts, the researchers advise decision makers on necessary initiatives towards sustainable management of the marine environment.

Microbiology

We often associate microorganisms with disease and misery, but this is only a very small part of the truth about microorganisms. The microbiological courses provide insight into the fascinating life of microorganisms and into their fundamental importance in nature, in our everyday life and in our own body.

Environmental Effects on Agriculture

Various management measures in agriculture will, to a greater or lesser extent, affect the natural diversity and biodiversity in the fields and surrounding biotopes. The Department of Bioscience, through research and consultancy, uncovers the environmental effects of, for example pesticides, adjuvants, GMO, nitrogen and phosphorus, reduced tillage, fallowing and much more.

Terrestrial Ecology

The interaction between species of plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms in the surrounding environment and the influencing factors is the subject of terrestrial ecology research

Zoo Fysiology

Zoophysiologists often study the adaptation of selected animals to extreme environments to expose the limits of the body's plasticity and function. Such studies provide important new information about how animals function and evolve in a changing world and often create a new and exciting foundation for medical discoveries in the treatment of a variety of diseases in humans.

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