Chemistry and Biotechnology

Here you can find information about chemical substances and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) – on land, on the water and in the air. These pages were originally prepared by Denmark’s National Environmental Research Institute (NERI), but are now updated by the Department of Environmental Science at Aarhus University.

Aarhus University’s contribution

Aarhus University works with assessing the impact of chemical substances – including nanomaterials – microorganisms and GMOs on the environment. We carry out research into sustainable biotechnology, and we research and advise on human exposure to chemicals and microorganisms in the environment. We study the effects of organic and conventional farming, as well as the impact of acidification, eutrophication, climatic stress and other types of stress. We also work on developing environmentally responsible pest control methods.

Research

Research in chemistry and biotechnology is carried out at the Department of Environmental Science in the following sections:

Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
Pia Lassen, Environmental Science 
pla@envs.au.dk – +45 8715 8581 
AU Roskilde

Microbial Ecology and Biotechnology
Ulrich Bay Gosewinkel, Environmental Science 
uka@envs.au.dk – +45 8715 8617 
AU Roskilde

In addition, research into the risk assessment of GMOs and nanomaterials is carried out at the Department of Bioscience:

Soil Fauna Ecology and Ecotoxicology
John Jensen, Bioscience 
jje@bios.au.dk - +45 8715 8915 
AU Silkeborg

Public sector consultancy

DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy provides consultancy services for the public sector and other bodies regarding chemistry and biotechnology, including work carried out via the framework agreement between Aarhus University and the Danish Ministry of the Environment.

On the topic of chemistry and biotechnology, DCE provides consultancy services for the Danish Ministry of the Environment in the areas of:

  • Environmental chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Effects and risk assessment of genetically modified plants (GMPs), chemicals, pesticides and nanoparticles
  • Environmentally hazardous substances in the atmosphere

Other areas of consultancy

DCE offers services and consultancy to other public and private sector customers in all our areas of expertise. All consultancy services are based on internationally acknowledged research.

Read more about DCE's consultancy services.