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AU researchers collaborate with international research team on improving the efficiency of bioelectrical systems. (Graphics: Copyright © 2020, Nature Research).

2020.03.30 | Research

Enhanced microbes as alternative green energy sources

The demand for energy is growing and so is the demand for alternative energy solutions, which includes living sources of electricity. In collaboration with an international team, Thomas Boesen and his iNANO colleagues have created microbial energy cells and shows a method for improving the efficiency of bioelectrical systems.

The three recipients of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual fellowship (from left): Narcis Petriman, Ronja Driller and Jan Heiner Driller. Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen

2020.03.25 | Grant

Three molecular biologists receive the prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship

Narcis Adrian Petriman, Ronja Driller and Jan Heiner Driller from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University receive the highly prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. It is the first time that the Department obtains three fellowships in one application round.

Fly Copulation. Credit: Philipsborn Research group
Graphical abstract: During copulation, males transfer not only sperm, but also seminal fluid. The authors hypothesize: Specific components of the male accessory gland secondary cells - secondary cell products (SCPs) cause the female to start singing. Her singing in turn prompts the male to allocate his ejaculate differently, ultimately giving him a reproductive advantage over other males, by biasing the female to mate with the next male later. Credit: Peter Kerwin, PhD-student, Philipsborn group

2020.03.20 | Research

Female fruit flies sing by pulsed wing vibrations while copulating

The discovery of a female-specific acoustic behavior sheds new light on Drosophila mating, sexual dimorphisms of neuronal circuits and the impact of seminal fluid molecules on nervous system and behavior.