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Researchers have developed a potential super wheat for salty soils

20 May, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have developed several new varieties of wheat that tolerate soils with higher salt concentrations. After having mutated a wheat variety from Bangladesh, they now have a wheat with seeds that weigh three times more and that germinate almost twice as often as the original variety.

Doctoral thesis reveals the technology behind a space instrument built to study Jupiter

11 May, 2022 - Institutet för rymdfysik

On May 13th Philipp Wittmann, Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) and Umeå University, will defend his doctoral thesis. Philipp has been part of developing, testing, and calibrating the particle instrument Jovian plasma Dynamics and Composition analyzer (JDC). It will measure ions and electrons in the Jovian system onboard the upcoming European spacecraft JUpiter ICy […]

Risk of lower groundwater levels in northern Sweden with a warmer climate

2 May, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

When the winters get warmer in northern Sweden, there is a risk for groundwater level decline, despite heavy precipitation. The villain in this story is lingering ground frost that prevents snow meltwater and rain from filling underground reservoirs. This is the finding of a new thesis from the University of Gothenburg.

Converting solar energy to electricity on demand

11 April, 2022 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

The researchers behind an energy system that makes it possible to capture solar energy, store it for up to eighteen years and release it when and where it is needed have now taken the system a step further. After previously demonstrating how the energy can be extracted as heat, they have now succeeded in getting […]

Supergenes make cod survivors

7 April, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

The living conditions of fish in the ocean change over a period of time. Still, cod cope. A contributing reason is the cod’s packet of DNA that remains intact generation after generation. These are the findings of a new study in which researchers from the University of Gothenburg participated.

Residual water from the food industry gives seaweed cultivation a boost

29 March, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

Process water from the food industry is an excellent fertilizer in land-based seaweed cultivation. Not only does the seaweed grow faster; its protein content also multiplies. In this way, process water can go from being a cost to becoming a resource in the food industry. Can macroalgae, such as sea lettuce, become a competitive source […]

Lower methane emissions when permafrost disappears

17 March, 2022 - Göteborgs universitet

Thawing permafrost in the Arctic does not always have to lead to increased emissions of the greenhouse gas methane. When thawed soil dries up, emissions can decline instead. A new study at the University of Gothenburg demonstrates this.

Face masks play a crucial role, new Covid research confirms

1 March, 2022 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

An international research team from universities including Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, the University of Padua and the University of Udine in Italy, and the University of Vienna, Austria, has developed a new theoretical model to better assess the risks of spreading viruses such as Covid-19 – with and without a face mask. The results […]

Cosmic flashes pinpointed to a surprising location in space

24 February, 2022 - Chalmers tekniska högskola

Astronomers have been surprised by the closest source of the mysterious flashes in the sky known as fast radio bursts. Precision measurements with radio telescopes reveal that the bursts are made among old stars, and in a way that no one was expecting. The source of the flashes, in nearby spiral galaxy M 81, is […]

Discovery about a cause of prostate cancer rewarded with the Sjöberg Prize

15 February, 2022 - Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien

Arul M. Chinnaiyan, University of Michigan, USA, is awarded this year’s Sjöberg Prize, worth one million US dollars, for his discovery of the fusion gene responsible for more than half of all prostate cancer cases. This has significantly improved our understanding of one of the most common types of cancer and already contributed to better diagnostics. It also holds great potential for improving the care of thousands of patients in the future.