Denmarks Aarhus University (AU) covers the entire research spectrum – basic research, applied research, strategic research and research-based advice to the authorities. In 2009 the university had 30,414 students, of these approximately 15,000 Master's degree students, and about 1,500 PhD students and close to 550 postdoctoral scholars. In the latest THE-QS rankings, Aarhus University is placed as no. 84 in the world, which is the second highest Scandinavian ranking. On the Shanghai ranking (ARWU) for 2010 Aarhus Universitet is no 98. This research will be carried out at The Department of Agroecology & Environment, which has strong competencies on agricultural biomass production, assessment of GHG emissions, development and application of dynamic and empirical models, organic matter turnover in soils, nutrient cycling in agro-ecosystems, and assessments of biomass quality and resource availability. The department holds a large collection of Miscanthus genotypes partly collected in Japan, partly established as part of the EU-projects EMI and BIOMIS. In addition limited experiments on reed canary grass, switchgrass, Szarvasi/Tall wheatgrass (Thinopyrum ponticum) and Festulolium (Festuca x Lolium) are established. Research facilities include advanced lysimeter facilities with three different soil types, and automatic roof coverage and differentiated irrigation systems to manage the water factor as well as climate chambers and green house facilities. The lysimeters can be accessed from underground to install root analysis, soil sampling etc.
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