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Professor Jens Stougaard is part of an international research team that is involved in developing maize that can create its own fertiliser. On a global scale, this could lead to a reduction in the use of artificial fertilisers and thereby less environmental pollution. Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen
The researchers will now try to get maize to establish symbiosis with bacteria  that can use atmospheric nitrogen, so the plant creates its own fertiliser. Photo: Balaram Mahalder
Dr Stougaard’s research group has already found out how legumes are able to establish symbiosis with bacteria. This knowledge will now be transferred to maize and other cereal crops, so farmers can benefit from this knowledge. Here is the legume Japanese birdsfoot (Lotus japonicus) with nitrogen-fixing root nodules. Photo: Centre for Carbohydrate Recognition and Signalling

2013.03.21 | Public / media, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Super maize can put sustainable food on the table

A new research project financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation should pave the way towards a cheap and sustainable solution to some of Africa’s food problems. Researchers at Aarhus University are involved in the efforts to develop maize that can create its own fertiliser. On a global scale, this could lead to a reduction in the use of…

Sodium-potassium pump with binding-pocket for cardiotonic steroids (light blue / red structure). The yellow areas indicate the position of the Na<sup>+</sup>, K<sup>+</sup>-ATPase in which mutations are known to affect the binding of the drug - notice how they clearly enclose the binding pocketFigure: Laure Yatime
The sodium-potassium pump (Na<sup>+</sup>, K<sup>+</sup>-ATPase). Figure: Laure Yatime
First author Laure Yatime carried out the most important part of the research that won the Paper of the Year Award, for which she received a cash prize and a certificate. Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen

2013.03.15 | Public / media, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Award to the first step towards designing less toxic cardiovascular drugs

New results from Aarhus University show the first, crucial step in dissecting the molecular mechanism behind drugs with an important effect on the heart. The scientific article with these important results was nominated “Paper-of-the-Year” by the international Journal of Structural Biology.

The three researchers, who were given a centre grant, receive the diploma from Peter Olesen. From left to right: Chairman Peter Olesen, Professor Per Torp Sangild (KU), Professor Mogens Sandø Lund (AU) and Associate Professor Qingfeng Li (DTU). Photo:  The Danish Council for Strategic Research

2013.03.14 | Public / media, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Mogens Sandø Lund awarded diploma from the Danish Council for Strategic Research

The chairman of the Danish Council for Strategic Research, Peter Olesen, awards diplomas to the three researchers who were given a grant by the council for a centre in 2012.

A genomic selection project aiming to achieve annual breeding improvements in pigs of 50 percent involves scientists from Aarhus University. Photo: AUed deltagelse af forskere fra Aarhus Universitet til at øge den årlige avlsfremgang med 50 procent. Foto: AU

2013.03.12 | Public / media, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Slaughter pigs to be improved by genomic selection

Genomic selection has been successfully implemented in the breeding programme for sows. Now it is turn for slaughter pigs to undergo breeding improvements.

The calcium pump
The SERCA calcium pump is located in the sarcoplasmic reticulum membrane and pumps calcium ions (yellow) out of the cytoplasm in muscle cells. The sarcolipin molecule (turquoise) keeps the SERCA structure in place with the door open for calcium. This door is illustrated as a pink structure that moves up and down to open and close the door for the calcium ions’ transport pockets inside the protein.

2013.03.08 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Public / media

Last image in a molecular ‘comic strip’ now in place

Researchers at Aarhus University have worked together with a newly started biotech company to draw the last image in a scientific ‘comic strip’ that illustrates the migration and function of calcium in the body. Their discovery has been published in the journal Nature and has great significance for product development – particularly…

From the launch of DANDRITE, the Danish node in the EMBL Nordic Partnership in Molecular Medicine, and the signing of the Nordic EMBL agreement at Aarhus University: From left to right Director Poul Nissen, DANDRITE, Director General Iain Mattaj, EMBL, Rector Thomas Wilhelmsson, University of Helsinki, Rector Lena Gustafsson, Umeå University, Rector Ole Petter Ottersen, University of Oslo, the directors of the other nodes in the EMBL Nordic Partnership Olli Kallioniemi, (FIMM), Bernt Eric Uhlin (MIMS), Kjetil Taskén (NCMM), and Rector Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen, Aarhus University. Photo: Lise Balsby/AU Kommunikation.

2013.03.06 | Public / media, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Lundbeck Foundation Centre in Aarhus for top European brain research

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences, is now joining forces with Aarhus University as its Danish partner of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine. On the initiative of the Lundbeck Foundation, a new elite research centre – DANDRITE – is to form the prestigious setting for…