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Understanding the structure and relationships of biomolecules is important for discovering new medicines and materials. Three-dimensional bimolecular structures are often geometrically complex making it difficult to predict functional properties of molecules based on their structures. Recently, the new field of topological data analysis has shown some promise in improving the prediction of... Read more
Small fish have huge potential to alleviate malnutrition and safeguard food security in Sub-Saharan Africa and across the globe. An interdisciplinary project headed by the University of Bergen has been awarded 1 million Euros.
Eleven past and present members of EECRG are co-authors on the paper "Accelerated increase in plant species richness on mountain summits is linked to warming" published in the 12 April issue of Nature
Every Chinese child knows the story of “Kong Rong giving up pears”. In this story, the four-year-old Kong Rong gave up the larger pears to his older and younger brothers. This narrative is used in elementary education to teach the children to be aware of the value of sharing. As scientists, we know the art of sharing even better, and we’re sharing something more important than pears: we share... Read more
Adele Mennerat’s ultimate scientific goal is to expand knowledge on how selection acts on parasites and how they evolve. 
Ram Prasad Chaudhary, Professor Emeritus at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal has been honoured by having a new species named after him.
Hilary Birks, Professor Emerita in EECRG, has been inducted into the Royal Society of Edinburgh
A new field study, published in MEPS, shows that deep Norwegian fjords house sub-populations of roundnose grenadiers, with little connections to coastal populations.
Ulrike Herzschuh will be leading new research into glacial legacies on interglacial vegetation
A group of scientists from BIO are currently on survey in the South Atlantic Ocean
With cakes, champagne and balloons, we have celebrated five master students this fall. All of the students have done a good job – and we wish them the best of luck!
Sarah Marie Stoppel completed her Master's degree in Microbiology on November 8 with a molecular study of the extremophilic deep biosphere bactrerium, Kosmotoga olearia.
She’s both a groundbreaking computer scientist and an excellent teacher; and now she’s awarded the Teaching Prize at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
Ms Apinya Singkhala has been a visiting PhD student in the General Microbiology group for 11 months with funding from the Thai Resarch Fund to work on thermophiles and enzymes with the aim to improve processes for production of biofuels from agricultural waste products. She is returning to the Thaksin University in Thailand to continue her PhD studies. We will miss her greatly!
A new study shows that reproductive investment in cod increased during a period of heavy exploitation, and then stabilized or possibly reversed when the exploitation pressure was greatly reduced. However, this pattern was only found for males.
Ticha is returning to Thailand after 6 months as guest researcher in the General Microbiology research group.

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