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For the second time in his career, Professor Jens Stougaard from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University receives an ERC Advanced Grant from the European Research Council for research in plant molecular biology. Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen, AU.

2019.03.28 | Grant

Jens Stougaard receives prestigious grant from the European Research Council

For the second time in his career, Professor Jens Stougaard from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University receives an ERC Advanced Grant from the European Research Council for research in plant molecular biology. The amount awarded is EUR 2.5 million and runs over five years.

The photo shows two nodules on the root of the legume <em>Lotus japonicus</em>. This plant has symbiosis with the soil bacterium <em>Mesorhizobium loti</em>. In the symbiosis, the bacteria get carbohydrates from the plant, and the bacterium delivers fixed nitrogen to the plant. Therefore, the plant can do without nitrogen fertilizer. The bacteria are stained for the LacZ enzyme (dark blue) and the plant's nuclei are stained with DAPI. The nuclei are seen as light blue dots. You can see the bacteria in the young nodule and on the surface of the older nodule. In the research group - The Section for Plant Molecular Biology at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics - the researchers have isolated many of the plant genes necessary for the symbiosis.

2019.03.28 | Awards

Niels Sandal wins the prize for the science photo of the year 2019

The Danish National Research Foundation and videnskab.dk have invited researchers to participate in a photo competition on photos from their research. The judging committee selected Niels Sandal's photo with two nodules on the root of the leguminous plant Lotus japonicus as the science photo of 2019.

Professor Rune Hartmann (left) and Postdoc Hans Henrik Gad have - in collaboration with German and Swedish research groups - shown how a protein called IFN-λ can both fight a viral infection directly, but also boost the formation of new antibodies against the virus. Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen, AU.

2019.03.19 | Research

When the immune system is multitasking

An international research team has shown how a protein called IFN-λ can both fight a viral infection directly, but also boost the formation of new antibodies against the virus. The discovery gives new important knowledge about how different parts of the immune system communicate and will make it easier to make more effective vaccines, especially…