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Farming can be hit hard by extreme weather events such as drought, heatwaves and severe frosts. An EU-funded project has developed new modelling tools to better forecast the impact of extreme weather on agricultural production in Europe and beyond - important for protecting the global food supply.
Published: 4 August 2017
Shellfish are a significant source of food, yet we know very little about how they make their shells and how environmental factors affect them. The EU-funded CACHE project is finding out how shellfish produce their shells, how this production varies according to their environment, and what this means for the future of shellfish farming.
Published: 2 August 2017
The EU-funded MARKTHEPIG project is using pioneering genetic research techniques to uncover why particular physical traits occur in certain pigs. The project is expected to advance precision livestock breeding techniques and could lead to a more profitable yet sustainable EU pig-breeding sector.
Published: 31 July 2017
By overcoming the bottlenecks and barriers hindering market uptake of innovative food-processing technologies, the EU-funded i3-Food project aims to reduce food waste and improve the quality and shelf life of products.
Published: 24 July 2017
The EU-funded FieldFOOD project is using innovative electric pulse technologies in a bid to make food processing more resource-efficient and cost-effective. Its solutions will be widely applicable across the sector, with specific focus on SME-uptake.
Published: 19 July 2017
Demand for natural pigments in the cosmetic and food industry is high, but most blue pigments used in cosmetics and food are still artificial. THE EU-funded BIOVADIA project increased understanding of marennine, the blue pigment in blue diatoms. Research continues and could eventually feed into diverse applications, including use of the pigment and diatoms in cosmetics, medicine and agriculture.
Published: 7 July 2017
EU-funded scientists delved into a special class of proteins to solve the mystery of how creatures such as winter flounder and ocean pout don't freeze along with the waters they live in. The results could lead to new bio-based anti-freeze alternatives for industry, medicine and food-production.
Published: 4 July 2017
An innovative start-up is finalising the development of open-ocean fish farming technology that could reshape the global aquaculture industry, enabling farmers to raise larger quantities of fish in healthier, more natural conditions while minimising environmental impacts.
Published: 29 June 2017
As global competition for fresh and processed fruit increases, breeders and producers also have to deal with the effects of climate change and more pathogens, especially sharka disease, appearing in their orchards. EU-funded research traced the origins of stone fruits to discover genetic clues for better disease resistance.
Published: 28 June 2017
Organic aquaculture production is much in demand, but some traditional fish farmers may need guidance on how to make the switch. The ECOFISH project is developing a model and guide that provide just that, helping to set producers on the path to sustainability and added value.
Published: 27 June 2017