News from the Department

  • Mosses are the gatekeepers of nitrogen input to ecosystems


    New research showsthat mosses are crucial in regulating the nitrogen flow between atmosphere and ecosystem, but the results suggest a strong dependency on climatic factors such as temperature and precipitation, which climate change are likely to alter. »

  • High temperatures due to global warming will be dramatic even for the super-resistant tardigrades


    Global warming, a major aspect of climate change, is already causing a wide range of negative impacts on many habitats of our planet. It is thus of the utmost importance to understand how rising temperatures may affect animal health and welfare. A research group from Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen has just shown that tardigrades are very vulnerable to long-term high temperature exposures. Animals, which in their desiccated state are best known for their extraordinary tolerance to extreme environments. »

  • The global distribution of freshwater plants is controlled by catchment characteristics


    Unlike land plants, photosynthesis in many aquatic plants relies on bicarbonate in addition to CO2 to compensate for the low availability of CO2 in water. A study in the scientific journal SCIENCE by Iversen and co-authors shows that the abundance of plant species with the ability to use bicarbonate increases in hard water lakes with greater bicarbonate concentrations. In streams, where the CO2 concentration is higher than in air, bicarbonate users are few.  »

  • Kim F. Rewitz receives 5 mDKK from the Lundbeck Foundation


    The Lundbeck Foundation has decided to support 20 research projects - each receiving 5 million DKK from the Ascending Investigators support program. The program aims to support established, experienced and talented health science researchers and potentially make a significant contribution to the health sciences. Associate Professor Kim F. Rewitz from Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen is one of them. »

  • Friendly bacteria collaborate to survive


    New microbial research at the University of Copenhagen suggests that 'survival of the friendliest' outweighs 'survival of the fittest’ for groups of bacteria. Bacteria make space for one another and sacrifice properties if it benefits the bacterial community as a whole. The discovery is a major step towards understanding complex bacteria interactions and the development of new treatment models for a wide range of human diseases and new green technologies. »

  • Viruses win the virus-host conflicts


    Prokaryotes and their viruses constitute a vastly diverse and highly abundant group of biological entities on earth. During the course of evolution, prokaryotes have developed numerous defensive strategies against invading genetic elements. Viruses, in turn, have evolved counteracting mechanisms. CRISPR-Cas constitutes the only known prokaryotic adaptive immune system against invading viruses and plasmids. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have characterised an archaeal virus-encoded anti-CRISPR protein and their results are now being published in Cell. »

  • Seven innovative Villum Experiment grants to the Department of Biology!


    The Department of Biology (BIO) has been incredibly successful obtaining grants from the Villum Experiment programme. Seven researchers have received a grant, corresponding to 13% of all granted Villum Experiment projects. »

  • Ida Moltke is a co-editor on Handbook of Statistical Genomics


    A timely update of a highly popular handbook on statistical genomics

  • ERC Starting Grant to Rasmus Heller


    Rasmus Heller, a tenure track Assistant Professor at the Section for Computational and RNA Biology, Department of Biology, has been awarded a Starting Grant worth €1.5 million from the European Research Council (ERC). »

  • Ruminants’ Genes are a Treasure Trove


    A new large-scaled research project has mapped the genome of 44 ruminant species - a group of animals that have intrigued researchers for years because of their biological diversity and their huge importance as domestic animals. The project gives valuable new insights on how genetic adjustments through evolution have rendered the ruminants one of the most successful groups of animals on the planet. The results have recently been published in three articles in the acknowledged scientific journal Science. »