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Researchers are embarking on an ambitious four-year project to explore some of the deepest, coldest and hottest places on the planet. The aim is to collect and screen samples of mud and sediment from huge, previously untapped, oceanic trenches, more than 8,000 metres deep.
The first field tests will be carried out shortly in the Atacama Trench in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Chile and Peru, ... read more
An EU-funded cooperation project between India and several EU countries could transform the sustainability and competitiveness of the food industry, while having a positive impact on the environment. Using new methods and technologies the project is turning fruit and cereal waste into valuable by-products.
Around 90 million tonnes of food is wasted in Europe annually. This works out to about 180 kg per ... read more
Finding new uses for wood has brought together 12 European countries keen to boost the innovative transformation of the European forest-based sector - which currently generates an annual turnover of more than EUR 400 billion.
The WOODWISDOM-NET project actively seeks ways to make full use of this ancient material by studying and seeking to alter and improve the properties of wood. In doing so, they ... read more
The destruction of trees as a result of the ash dieback fungus has been
a growing concern among scientists, having seen its rapid spread across Europe since the 1990s.
The fungus, which originated in Japan, emerged in Lithuania and Poland two decades ago, and moved swiftly across the continent, with 300 confirmed cases reported in the United Kingdom alone. But now scientists have just completed an ... read more
Water is the most important component of a plant's growth, but researchers have discovered that some plants can survive with less. Researchers in Europe are now working on developing crops that can tolerate droughts, specifically for bioenergy and bioproducts. The WATBIO ('Development of improved perennial non-food biomass and bioproduct crops for water stressed environments') project is funded under the ... read more
A West Nile virus outbreak in 2010 was responsible for the deaths of 35 people in Greece. Can wild or migratory birds influence the import and increase of West Nile virus? A Greek-British team of researchers led by the University of Thessaly in Greece investigated whether they can, finding evidence that wild birds could have permitted West Nile virus maintenance and amplification before and during the virus ... read more
Almost 200 scientists worldwide including key European teams conducted research on the pig genome: their results helped pinpoint genes that are useful in pork production, and increased our knowledge of the health, science and history of the pig.
This research is published in the scientific journal Nature this month. It is funded by a variety of grants: the advanced European Research Council (ERC) project ... read more
A team of scientists researching the effect of long-term molecular evolution (the study of DNA, RNA and proteins) have produced findings which suggest most amino-acid substitutions have different fitness effects in different species. This is an important breakthrough as there is now evidence to show that a genetic background determines whether a modification, which is the main factor regulating evolution ... read more
European research and innovation efforts are set to receive a significant increase in funding with the announcement of the largest set of calls for proposals ever under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). Worth a total of EUR 8.1 billion, projects funded by these calls are open to organisations and businesses in all EU Member States, FP7 partner states and specifically eligible countries.
The calls ... read more
The Czech Liaison Office for Research and Development (R&D) and the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the European Union recently held a special conference on the country's contribution to moving Europe towards a sustainable European bioeconomy.
In light of the European Commission's February 2012 Bioeconomy Action Plan launch, the aim was to highlight some of the work being carried out ... read more