Many of the unique species that have evolved over hundreds of thousands of years are now threatened by extinction. Only a few examples of the endemic <em>Lotus maculatus</em> (gold flame) remain on the island of Tenerife. Photo: Manuel Steinbauer
Although the islands only account for 5% of the world’s land area, they are the habitat for an exceptionally large proportion of the world’s plant species. This means that 70,000 species only grow on islands. One example is <em>Argyroxiphium sandwicense</em> (silversword) on the East Maui Volcano (Haleakalā), Hawaii, which was studied by Postdoctoral Fellow Manuel Steinbauer, Aarhus University. Photo: Severin Irl
The beige areas in the graphics show the outline of the Canary Islands at the peak of the last glacial period approximately 21,000 years ago, when the sea level was about 122 metres lower than today. Many islands were larger and less isolated from the mainland than they are now. The islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura thus amounted to one island – Mahan. Graphics: Patrick Weigelt

2016.03.31 |

Islands and their biodiversity shaped by climate change

Sea levels rose by more than 120 metres after the last glacial period. So when some islands have more unique plants than others, it is because they were much bigger 20,000 years ago than they are now. This sounds logical, but science has not included its impact in its theories of the biodiversity of the islands – until now.

2016.03.24 |

Deadly stars

Every now and then large Sun storms strike the Earth, where they cause auroras and, in rare cases, power cuts. These events are, however, nothing compared with the apocalyptic destruction we would experience if the Earth was struck by a superflare. An international research team led by Christoffer Karoff from Aarhus University has now shown that…

2016.03.29 |

Model can be trained to guess your height

Aarhus University researchers have developed a probability model that can be trained to calculate the impact of genetic variants on our appearance and diseases. Providing accurate indications of our genomes is still a long way off. Read more (in Danish only) here.

The engineering degree programmes received twenty-nine per cent more applications than in 2015. (Photo: Anders Trærup, Aarhus University)

2016.03.21 |

Large increase in number of quota two applications to Science and Technology

Science and Technology has received twenty-one per cent more quota two applications compared with last year. This is particularly due to the increasing number of applications for engineering degree programmes.

2016.03.17 |

Can we use genetic variations to reduce the use of antibiotics?

Selection for pigs with genes for healthy intestinal flora may be able to reduce agriculture’s use of antibiotics and thus reduce the problems of antibiotic resistance. New knowledge paves the way for this opportunity.

2016.03.17 |

Underwater robot provides new opportunities for polar research

Two engineering students have built an underwater robot that can analyse algae conditions under the Antarctic sea ice. This provides completely new opportunities for polar research, and the robot has just successfully completed its first scientific expedition to Greenland.

2016.03.16 |

Remember the mistletoe!

Danish researchers have discovered that mitochondria from mistletoe contain only 10 genes. This discovery will ultimately lead to a better understanding of how mitochondria function and not least how the interaction between parasite and host functions. This discovery could be very important if we can use this knowledge to fight the massive loss of…

2016.03.16 |

Team AU ready for the Shell Eco-marathon

The countdown has begun for this year’s world championship in ultra-energy-efficient vehicles. After two years of intensive development work, Aarhus University (AU) will now enter an ultra-efficient eco-car in the Shell Eco-marathon, which kicks off in London in June. The aim is to drive almost 9000 kilometres on the equivalent energy of one litre…

(Photo: Colourbox)

2016.03.16 |

Molecular glue will bond rubber and metal

In a new project, researchers will develop a molecular glue that can join rubber and metal in a virtually unbreakable chemical bond. Innovation Fund Denmark is supporting the project with a grant of DKK 8.8 million.

(Photo: Colourbox)

2016.03.16 |

Bacteria and membranes will clean drinking water

Researchers will study whether advanced membranes and special pesticide-eating bacteria can be combined to clean polluted drinking water. Innovation Fund Denmark is supporting the project with a grant of DKK 10.6 million.

2016.03.06 |

Full support for researchers in the case of the agricultural package

Aarhus University gives its full support to the researchers who provide public sector consultancy services, according to Dean Niels Chr. Nielsen. This is in response to an article published in Friday’s edition of Berlingske about the agricultural package approved by the Danish Parliament.

2016.03.04 |

Antibiotics use affects the abundance of resistant bacteria in soil

The use of animal manure increases the soil content of antibiotic-resistant genes. However, this is not an irreversible situation.

2016.03.05 |

New app teaches children to count correctly

A new mathematics app is a hit in Denmark. It spots children’s weak points when they are doing mathematical exercises and explains where they are going wrong.

Illustration: Colourbox

2016.03.16 |

Vote for the Danish Research Result of the Year

The Danish Research Result of the Year 2016 can now be seen at Nominees from Science and Technology are among the finalists.

2016.03.03 |

DKK 15 million for RNA origami

The European Research Council (ERC) has granted EUR 2 million to Dr Ebbe Sloth Andersen, Aarhus University. He will use the grant to take his research in biological nanostructures to a new level of synthetic biology that could play an important role in the medicine, energy, food and agriculture of the future. Read more (in Danish only) here.