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Electrical cable bacteria were discovered in Aarhus Bay by researchers from Aarhus University, who have described five species of these bacteria so far: three from Aarhus Bay and two from Giber stream. The first species was naturally given the name Electrothrix aarhusiensis. This is a cross section of a cable bacterium with its characteristic ridges containing electrical wires. Photo: Chr. Bortolini & K. Thomsen.
Staining of the different nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) shows great variation between cells in a cable bacterium and the attraction of other bacteria that may cooperate electrically with cable bacteria. Photo: Britta Poulsen.
Cable bacteria act as electrical cables several centimetres in length in the seabed. Photo: Steffen Larsen

2019.03.18 |

Electric bacteria in the spotlight

Several years ago, researchers from Aarhus discovered a curious form of electric life on the seafloor. Since then it has become increasingly clear that a significant part of the bacterial world is electrified. Leading researchers from around the world will set this life form in focus at the first-ever electromicrobiology conference, held on March…

Photo: Lars Kruse

2019.03.21 |

Increase in applications to IT and engineering degree programmes

Quota 2 applications to IT and engineering degree programmes at Aarhus University have increased significantly, while there has been a slight fall in applications to the university’s degree programmes as a whole compared to 2018, according to the Quota 2 application tally for 2019.

The well-preserved corpse of the Skrydstrup woman, who was 17-18 years old when she was buried approximately 3,300 years ago. New strontium analyses from the area around the burial mound show that she probably lived all her short life in the region, and she did not travel to the region from afar, as suggested by previous analyses. Photo: Roberto Fortuna and Kira Ursem, National Museum, Denmark. License: CC-BY-SA
Strontium signatures near the Egtved girl's burial mound. Light blue dots mark water holes where the strontium signature is significantly higher than had previously been reported for Denmark. Dark blue marks water holes where the strontium signature is slightly above previous values. Yellow marks water holes where the strontium signature is within what had previously been reported. In the topographical map, the Vejle river valley is shown clearly in shades of green, while the moorland plain west of the river valley is shown in yellow and orange. The brown bars below the map show the values measured for the Egtved girl and the artefacts she had with her in the grave, while the values from the water holes on the map have been summarised in the green bar.  Graphics: Erik Thomsen and Rasmus Andreasen, AU

2019.03.14 |

New research indicates that the Egtved girl and the Skrydstrup woman were Danish

The Egtved girl and Skrydstrup woman were probably born and raised within a few kilometres of the Bronze Age burial mound they were buried in. Previously, strontium analyses have shown that they could not have come from Denmark, but according to researchers from the Department of Geoscience at Aarhus University, these studies failed to take into…

Milk production affects more than just the climate - it also has an impact on e.g. biodiversity and soil carbon storage. Photo: Colourbox

2019.03.11 |

Milk production affects more than the climate

When assessing the impact of food on the environment, it is important to look at not only the climate, but also biodiversity, ecotoxicity and soil carbon changes.

2019.03.14 |

New world-class research laboratory opens at Aarhus University

The new state-of-the-art international facility will enable the innovative development of wireless transceiver technology for next-generation communications

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik presented oceanographer and ship’s captain Torben Vang (centre) with the award from the Anders Lassen Foundation for his exceptional efforts during the investigation of the murder of the journalist Kim Wall. He is here, together with the head of the Danish special forces (Frømandskorpset), Commander Jens B. Bach (left), who recommended Torben Vang to the honour. (Photo: Anders Lassen Foundation).

2019.03.15 |

Captain Torben Vang receives award for his work during search for murdered journalist

A unique collaboration between science and society has been honoured by the Anders Lassen Foundation; a foundation with its roots in the Danish special forces. The master of AU's research vessel, Torben Vang, has been lauded for his work with divers and the police in the investigation of the murder of journalist Kim Wall.

Mogens Støvring Hovmøller has been appointed professor of plant pathology. Photo: Jesper Rais

2019.03.11 |

New professor of plant pathology at Aarhus University

Mogens Støvring Hovmøller has been appointed professor of plant pathology in the Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University.

Photo: Lars Kruse, AU

2019.03.15 |

Aarhus University introduces admission requirements for all technical and science degree programmes

The admission requirements will be introduced from summer 2019. This means that young people dreaming of a career within these fields, but who are unsure whether they meet the requirements, should remember to apply via quota 2, which has a deadline for applications on 15 March.

Peter Teglberg Madsen receives the Elite Research Prize of DKK 1.2 million. Photo: Søren Kjeldgaard

2019.03.11 |

Peter Teglberg Madsen awarded Elite Research Prize

On 28 February, Professor Peter Teglberg Madsen from the Department of Bioscience received the Elite Research Prize at a ceremony at the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen. At the same time, PhD student Kristian Knakkergaard Nielsen from the Department of Physics and Astronomy received a travel grant.

The methane content of cow burps can be reduced and the cows' feed efficiency improved at the same time with targeted breeding. Photo: Jesper Rais

2019.02.28 |

Both the climate and farm economy can come out on top

With the aid of low-cost, high-capacity recording methods, dairy cattle farmers can reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that their cows burp while at the same time improving the animals’ feed efficiency.

A new study from Aarhus University shows that children who grow up surrounded by low amounts of green space have up to 55% higher risk of developing a mental disorder later in life. According to the researchers, integration of green space in urban planning is important to ensure green and healthy cities for the future generations. Model photo: Colourbox.dk.

2019.02.25 |

Being surrounded by green space in childhood may improve mental health of adults

Children who grow up without green surroundings have up to 55% higher risk of developing various mental disorders later in life. This is shown by a new study from Aarhus University, emphasizing the need for designing green and healthy cities for the future.

Lars Henrik Andersen, professor and former department head, will become acting dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Photo

2019.02.08 |

Lars Henrik Andersen has been named acting dean of ST

Lars Henrik Andersen, professor and former department head, will become acting dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology when Niels Christian Nielsen steps down on 15 February. He will be responsible for managing the faculty throughout the process leading up to its possible split-up.

The tachinid fly (Phasia hemiptera). Photo: Ole Martin
Four-banded longhorn beetle (Leptura quadrifasciata). Photo: Ole Martin
The butterfly European skipper (Thymelicus lineola). Photo: Ole Martin

2019.02.08 |

DNA traces on wild flowers reveal insect visitors

Researchers 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…

Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Foto

2019.02.07 |

Rector: AU should have five faculties instead of four

The Faculty of Science and Technology at Aarhus University has grown so large that the rector is now proposing to split it into two faculties. The goal in doing so would be to make the dean’s leadership task more manageable, which in turn would improve quality and create better balance at the university as a whole. In this connection, Dean Nielsen…

The new project has partners from all over Europe, and senior researcher Claus Grøn Sørensen anticipates, the project will contribute to fewer foreign agents in organic farming. Photo: Peer Klercke.

2019.02.28 |

Millions for purely organic

It may well be a nice idea to buy organic, but you can never be sure that the products you buy really are 100% organic. A major new EU project is tackling this problem by making organic farms more organic.

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