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From mussel farming to wind farms, the EU-funded MARIBE project showed how various marine projects could cut costs and benefit from each other by linking up. Optimising the use of our oceans and seas would also stimulate growth in the blue economy.
Published: 15 February 2017
Cattle produce methane, and methane emissions affect the climate - but there are differences in the amounts individual members of a herd contribute. Behaviour and stress play a role, say EU-funded researchers highlighting the importance of animal welfare. To boost feed efficiency and curb emissions, they note, we must respect the way of the cow.
Published: 9 February 2017
An EU-funded project is developing two new deep-water gliders that would expand the ability of scientists and industry to measure the environmental impact of commercial activities such as drilling for oil and gas at sea. The autonomous gliders, sort of deep-sea drones, would also be able to extract better and more meaningful data from greater depths. The insights gained from improved ocean monitoring would contribute to the management of maritime resources.
Published: 24 January 2017
EU-funded researchers have developed an affordable data analysis toolbox for finding and interpreting the genomic sequence of fermented food - the key to better understanding their potential benefits and risks.
Published: 9 December 2016
EU-funded scientists are developing dedicated biomass crops that are drought tolerant so that they can be grown on land unsuitable for food crops. This will help sustainable bio-based energy and raw materials to succeed in Europe without applying pressure on food resources.
Published: 5 December 2016
Marine microorganism data from anywhere in the world is now easier to access. The EU-funded project that made this possible also developed the research infrastructure and legal framework necessary for industry to fully tap the potential of microbial life in the oceans.
Published: 4 November 2016
Catalysts transform carbon-derived chemicals into ingredients for products that people use every day. EU-funded researchers have identified new enzymes and processes for low-waste bio-based catalysts - supporting chemical-based industries to use resources sustainably.
Published: 3 November 2016
An EU-funded scientist has identified a promising method of encapsulating bio-active molecules in protein-based systems, which could enable food-makers to develop tastier and more nutritious products. Long term, this will contribute towards a healthier population and help reduce diet-related diseases.
Published: 27 October 2016
The identification of perennial grasses that make strong candidates for biofuel production and new drying techniques are among the results of the OPTIMA project - along with a call for support for farmers that will enable them to turn their marginal land into valuable biomass.
Published: 25 October 2016
Is it bio-degradable? Compostable? Recyclable? And to what extent is it actually derived from biomass? A bio-based product can combine several eco-friendly features, but how precise characteristics are determined can vary. EU-funded researchers are developing standard methods and definitions to help inform purchasing decisions.
Published: 13 October 2016