Groundwater recharge from ephemeral streams in dryland regions
An EU initiative is developing a detailed understanding of how groundwater-surface water interactions (GSIs) control indirect recharge in ephemeral (or temporary) catchments. Research of this kind is urgently needed to support the management of water resources in the face of c...
Ecology of underground fruits explained
The way in which a plant disperses its seeds is expected to significantly influence its geographic distribution and level of adaptation to the local environment. However, this hypothesis has not been empirically tested nor is it clearly understood why closely related organisms...
Improved composite manufacturing
Europe’s small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the composites business are battling competition from lower labour cost countries. High-performance composites made with low-cost injection moulding should shift the balance in favour of EU SMEs.
Use and reuse of mobile phones
An EU team modelled factors affecting the life cycle of mobile phones. Utilising Israeli householder data, the study examined the linked economic and environmental effects of four types of industry-player companies.
Researchers are harnessing the vast genetic resources of Europe's countless microbes to produce energy from renewable biological sources.