Contact research group leader

Peter Stougaard
Associate Professor
Ph: +45 35 33 26 09

Microorganisms from the environment represent a vast and largely untapped natural resource, and the exploitation of these organisms holds a great potential for the future development of food and feed products and ingredients, pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals, and enzymes for biotechnology.

The research group combines expertise within modern ‘omics technology (metagenomics, genomics and transcriptomics) with state-of-the-art methods in microbial genetics and ecology to identify novel biotechnologically important microorganisms, to discover and characterize new enzymes with a potential in industrial processes and in biotechnology, and to uncover new antimicrobial, bioactive metabolites.

Research themes

  • Discovery of novel industrial enzymes
  • Unraveling the antifungal mechanism in bacterial-fungal interactions
  • Development of new biotechnological and molecular genetical tools and methods

Current research projects

Group members

For students

Are you interested in doing a project, you can read more about your options in the project database

  • Project database for students

  • Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences have various bachelor and master programs.

  • Read more about the options here
  • Partners and networks

    • Novozymes
    • DuPont Industrial BioSciences (Danisco)
    • Arla Foods
    • KMC (Kartoffelmels Centralen)
    • AKV Langholt
    • Technical University of Denmark (DTU), DTU bioengineering and Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine
    • Aarhus University, iNANO
    • Aalborg University, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience
    • Korea University, Division of Biotechnology, South Korea
    • Seoul National University, Biomolecular Engineering, South Korea
    • Korean Polar Research Institute (KOPRI), South Korea
    • Station Biologique de Roscoff, France
    • UC San Diego, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, USA


  • Coldzymes ApS

  • Coldzymes develops enzymes from microorganisms isolated from cold environments from all over the World, e.g. from Greenland, Alaska, Svalbard, Antarctica.