Aarhus University (AU), Denmark

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Aarhus University (AU), Denmark

Aarhus University covers the entire research spectrum – basic research, applied research,

strategic research and research-based advice to the governmental authorities. In 2010, the university had 32,304 students, of these approximately 16,000 Master's degree students, about 1,600 Ph.D. students and 600 Postdoc. Aarhus University is no 79 in the QS World University Rankings and no 86 on the ARWU rank list.

Departments of Bioscience and of Environmental Science

These departments engaged in GRACE do basic and applied research on terrestrial ecology, including biodiversity and ecosystem responses to natural and anthropogenic factors, soil fauna and microbial ecology, stress physiology and ecotoxicology. A specialized ecological risk assessment group gives advice to the Danish competent authority on GMO. The departments supervise master and Ph.D. students and are permanently engaged in EU-funded projects.

Staff members:

  • Paul Henning Krogh
  • Christian Damgaard
  • Niels Bohse Hendriksen
  • Morten Tune Strandberg

The AU staff members have extensive GMO experience and have acted as experts for and in the European Food Safety Authority's (ESFA) GMO panel. P.H. Krogh was manager of the EU FP5 ECOGEN and Christian Damgaard, Niels Bohse Hendriksen, Morten Tune Strandberg have been engaged permanently in GMO research and advice for more than a decade. They are currently engaged in Danish GMO research on assessment of possible safe use of grasses for GMO and ecological assessment of new GMO cereals adapted to climate change.

Main tasks in GRACE:

Providing domain expertise for the systematic reviews of WP5 in terms of delivery of structured databases with metadata specification integrating the relevant GMO risk assessment issues with soil ecological information and Cry- protein fate and mode-of-action. Statistical analytical expertise will be employed by performing Bayesian meta-analyses, mixed models and species effect distributions.

Selected publications:

  • Bartsch, D., Devos, Y., Hails, R., Kiss, J., Krogh, P.H., Mestdagh, S., Nuti, M., Sessitsch, A., Sweet, J., Gathmann, A., 2010. Environmental Impact of Genetically Modified Maize Expressing Cry1 Proteins. Genetic Modification of Plants. Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry 64(4): 575-614.
  • Kjaer, C., C. Damgaard, and A. J. Lauritzen. 2010. Assessment of effects of Bt-oilseed rape on large white butterfly (Pieris brassicae) in natural habitats. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 134:304-311.
  • Bohanec, M., Messéan, A., Scatasta, S., Angevin, F., Griffiths, B., Krogh, P.H., Žnidaršič, M., Džeroski, S., (2008). A qualitative multi-attribute model for economic and ecological assessment of genetically modified crops. Ecological Modelling 215: 247-261.
  • Krogh, P.H., Griffiths, B., Demšar, D., Bohanec, M., Debeljak, M., Andersen, M.N., Sausse, C., Birch, A.N.E., Caul, S., Holmstrup, M., Heckmann, L.-H., Cortet, J., (2007). Responses by earthworms to reduced tillage in herbicide tolerant maize and Bt maize cropping systems. Pedobiologia 51: 219-227.
  • Wilcks, A., B.M. Hansen, N.B. Hendriksen, and T.R. Licht. 2006. Persistence of Bacillus thuringiensis bioinsecticides in the gut of human-flora-associated rats. Fems Immunology and Med. Microbiol., 48:410-418.