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Ants fight plant diseases

2019.10.21New research from Aarhus University shows that ants inhibit at least 14 different plant diseases. The small insects secrete antibiotics from glands in the body. On their legs and body, they also host colonies of bacteria that secrete antibiotics. It is probably these substances that inhibit a number of different diseases and researchers now hope to find biological pesticides that may conquer resistant plant diseases.

Fruit flies help in the development of personalised medicine

2019.10.21It is common knowledge that there is a connection between our genes and the risk of developing certain diseases. In a study on fruit flies, researchers from Aarhus University and Aalborg University have found that gene mapping can also be used to predict response to a given treatment.

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PI-ICE - sampling bioaerosols in the Antarctic

2019.02.20When the sea is foaming there is more than water and salt involved

More and more offshore wind farms are being built as these locations cause less noise disturbance for humans. It is another story for creatures of the sea though. (Photo: Colourbox)

Offshore wind farms effect on marine mammals

2019.02.14New report details effects of an offshore wind farms impact on marine mammals at Kriegers’s Flak, Sweden. The 2018 report is based on studies done by scientist from DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy.

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 – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy from 2010-2015.

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.

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.

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