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2017.09.12 |

Improved solution to increase fertility in high-yielding cows

Through decades, researchers have been able to increase milk production in cows by intense genetic selection. However, this has resulted in a reversal of the fertility of the cows. This has led the researchers to find an optimum solution.

Rock rose (<em>Cistus creticus</em>) visited by a Trichodes beetle. Photos: Aphrodite Kantsa, Aegean University, Mytilini
The scrubland at Agios Stefanos on the island of Lesbos, where the researchers studied 41 insect-pollinated species of plants. Click on this and the other illustrations to see them in full size.
Collecting fragrance from the <em>Serapias vomeracea</em> orchid.
A <em>Serapias vomeracea</em> orchid visited by a <em>Rhodanthidium septemdentatum</em> bee.
A plant-fragrance network. The nodes are plant species that are linked if they share fragrance(s). The network has seven modules (groups). A module is a group of closely connected nodes. Each module will therefore contain plant species with fragrances from the same chemical main group(s).

2017.09.06 |

A waft of purple

A new study shows a link between the colour of a flower and its fragrance. Flowers combine colour and fragrance to attract the right pollinators – and they even work together with other species.

2017.09.05 |

Aarhus University’s agricultural research in the world’s elite

Aarhus University has achieved a good position in the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities, and is number eight in the field of Agricultural Sciences.

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2017.09.04 |

13 radical ideas launched

From 1 September, the maturation process of 13 radical ideas will begin. All the ideas are deemed to have the potential to impact the future development of the oil and gas industry. For the next three months, the researchers will investigate their ideas in an effort to figure out whether they still have potential or not.

Professor Karl Anker Jørgensen is presented with the Carlsberg Foundation Research Prize 2017 by HRH Crown Princess Mary. Photo: Martin Juul 
Presentation of the Carlsberg Foundation Research Prizes 2017. From left: President of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters Mogens Høgh Jensen, Minister for Higher Education and Science Søren Pind, award winner Mette Birkedal Bruun, HRH Crown Princess Mary, award winner Karl Anker Jørgensen, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Carlsberg Foundation Flemming Besenbacher and Secretary General of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters Lars Arge. Photo: Martin Juul

2017.09.04 |

The Carlsberg Foundation awards Research Prize to Professor of Chemistry Karl Anker Jørgensen

The prize was awarded for his ground-breaking research in organic chemistry.

2017.09.04 |

The Kepler Satellite discovers stellar variability in the Seven Sisters (Pleiades cluster)

The Seven Sisters have been used as a guinea pig for a new method of stellar photometry. Tim White, Department of Physics and Astronomy, is the lead author of a new article in the prestigious journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS).

Weaver ants excrete nutrient-rich waste when lured to the leaves of, for instance, coffee plants. Photo: Kim Aaen, NatureEyes.
The leaves of the coffee plant are full of small dark faecal droppings – ant waste containing urea and amino acids that the plants can absorb and exploit for growth. Photo: Joachim Offenberg.
The forest ants that were moved from the forest to an apple orchard immediately began to examine the apple trees in their new "home". Here on flower buds. Photo: Jens Henrik Petersen.
The forest ants immediately began to search for prey in the orchard’s apple trees. Here an ant has caught an insect pest – a winter moth larva. Photo: Jesper Stern Nielsen.

2017.08.31 |

Profitable cooperation: Ants protect and fertilise plants

In a new article, researchers from Aarhus University describe how the waste left by ants on plant leaves serves as a valuable fertiliser for the plants – handed on a silver platter.

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2017.08.30 |

We hope your pot plant has had a pleasant trip

Danish gardeners produce 600 million pot plants every year. However, some of them suffer a sad fate en route from the greenhouse to the consumer’s window sill. Some of the culprits leading to the plant damage have been identified, and a research project at Aarhus University will now look at ways to reduce the waste in transit. A laboratory shaped…

2017.08.24 |

DNA sensor system developed for specific and sensitive measurement of cancer-relevant enzyme activity

The development of DNA sensor systems is of great importance for advances in medical science. Now another piece of the puzzle for the development of personalized medicine has been found with the results of a highly sensitive monitoring of cancer-related topoisomerase II enzymes.

Dean Niels Chr. Nielsen, Science and Technology, Aarhus University. Photo: Lars Kruse

2017.08.21 |

Investment in education provides digital skills

To keep up with technological development, there is a need for investment in education with a focus on digital technology, according to Dean Niels Chr. Nielsen, Science and Technology, in a contribution to debate.

Professor Bo Brummerstedt Iversen is director of iMAT, the strategic research centre at Aarhus University. (Photo: Rasmus Rørbæk)

2017.08.16 |

Aarhus University focuses on materials research for building the future

Developing new materials with special properties is of crucial importance for scientific progress in areas such as energy, construction, environmentally responsible technologies, transport and electronics. Aarhus University has therefore established the interdisciplinary Centre for Integrated Materials Research (iMAT), which opened on 15 August.…

The viewer first enters the real world gallery space, then walks around and interacts with physical objects. The viewer can then put on a VR headset and enter the virtual work in the picture. In that virtual work, the viewer meets the virtual Libby Heany, who is the guide in that world. (Illustration: Libby Heany)

2017.07.31 |

Journey to an unknown world

Travel to a marvellous universe when Aarhus University and British artist Libby Heaney invite you to take a walk in the unpredictable world of quantum physics. The Quantum Breathing exhibition breaks the walls between art, science and reality in an unprecedented way.

Graphics: Astrid Reitzel, Aarhus University

2017.08.03 |

The Danish reference genome can change our view of treatment

After five years, the GenomeDenmark consortium has finished work on establishing the Danish reference genome. By thoroughly sequencing the genomes of 150 Danes, researchers have succeeded in creating a reference genome containing far more details than are found in other international studies. The consortium consists of researchers from three…

2017.08.16 |

Is it wise to subject public sector consultancy services to competitive bidding?

Minister for the Environment and Food of Denmark, Esben Lunde Larsen, has decided that all the ministry’s contracts with universities offering research-based public sector consultancy must be subjected to competitive bidding. Is this a wise move or is he selling off the family silver?

Photo: Melissa Bach Yildirim

2017.07.24 |

Increased number of applications for degree programmes at Science and Technology

The number of applications for engineering and science degree programmes at Science and Technology, Aarhus University, has once more increased this year.

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