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Mould can grow on stored food for animals and humans, making it unpalatable or toxic. Mould can grow on stored food for animals and humans, making it unpalatable or toxic.
©EU, credit F. Rembold
Mar 08 2016

A JRC-initiated system estimating postharvest cereal losses in sub-Saharan Africa will be upgraded to allow for monitoring of other crops and improve postharvest management.

Release of new Certified Reference Materials to identify the origin of animal proteins in feed
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Mar 07 2016

The JRC released two new, certified reference materials (CRMs) for the detection of the animal origin of feed ingredients. The availability of suitable analytical methods and CRMs supports the re-authorisation of certain processed animal proteins as feed ingredient according to Regulation (EC) No 51/2013.

The first ever global assessment of pollinators finds that a growing number of pollinator species worldwide are being driven toward extinction.
Mar 04 2016

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released its first deliverable, the Summary for policymakers of its Thematic Assessment of Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production, at its fourth session (IPBES-4) held from 22 to 28 February 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Map of countries joining the EU since 2004 Map of countries joining the EU since 2004
Mar 03 2016

Stairway to Excellence (S2E) is calling for contributions to be presented at the forthcoming S2E national events or the final S2E conference.

Overly strict forest management regulations could hamper the mobilisation of wood from European forests.
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Mar 03 2016

A recently published JRC scientific article demonstrates that the degree of regulation of forest management can affect the functioning of national timber markets. Hence, strict, detailed, prescriptions for forest management can inhibit the self-regulating mechanism of the market, reducing the ability of forest owners/managers to respond to—and take advantage of—price signals. This, in turn, could hamper the economic viability of forest ownership in timber markets constrained by regulation, thus impeding efforts to mobilise wood to satisfy a foreseen increased demand.

Aluminium making process Primary aluminium production is energy intensive process which requires considerably more energy than that used to produce the same amount of steel.
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Mar 03 2016

Adopting innovative technological solutions – currently in early research phase – instead of following a conservative technology development path could slash the direct greenhouse gasses (GHG) emissions of aluminium production by 66% and reduce the associated energy consumption by 21%.

Making biofuels in tubes With a 7% EU cap on the final consumption of biofuels produced from agricultural crops, algae have received closer attention in the last decade as a source of advanced biofuels.
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Feb 29 2016

Despite high expectations and extensive research and investment in the last decade, technological options are still in developing stages and key resources for algal growth are still too onerous for economically viable production of algal biofuels.

The JRC-hosted observatory produces detailed annual country reports on the evolution of national research and innovation systems.
©Sophia Winters,
Feb 26 2016

A new website to monitor the pace of research and innovation within the EU is now online. It provides data and analyses at both national and EU level.

The new JRC model provides daily high resolution maps of the core habitat of the Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean Sea, the North Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico
©EU, 2016
Feb 26 2016

A new habitat model, developed by the JRC and partner scientists, detects areas and periods where Atlantic bluefin tuna prefers to feed and spawn. Covering most of the areas where this species lives and the entire area subject to fisheries, the model provides concrete recommendations on when and where grounds should be closed to increase yield and stability of this fishery sector in the long term.

Close-up shot of a microscope The JRC provides scientific evidence in support of EU policies throughout the entire policy cycle.
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Feb 26 2016

The key orientations of the JRC work programme reflect the 10 priorities set by the Commission’s agenda for jobs, growth, fairness and democratic change.