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Plants might be the source of a new renewable fuel for planes, or new greener ingredients to replace fossil resources used to produce plastics. At an experimental agriculture plot near Athens in Greece, agricultural engineers are growing plants which could produce these new greener fuels.
Published: 17 March 2015
Every year Europes tomato industry produces around 200 thousand tons of waste consisting mainly of skins, pips and fibers. Researchers in a European project are trying to find out if this material can be used in an ecological and economically viable way.
Published: 10 February 2015
Rats damage crops, buildings and infrastructure, costing billions of euros every year. They also carry more than 60 diseases that threaten humans and animals. But now scientists in Britain are using smart electronics to counter the danger.
Published: 22 January 2015
Almost 100 million Europeans do not have access to safe, reliable water. As conventional methods of detecting pathogens can be complex and take time, developing an effective system to quickly test water has become imperative.
Published: 20 January 2015
Europe is home to a high proportion of the world's leading animal breeding organisations. Research being carried out by an EU-funded QUANTOMICS project is helping these breeders to remain competitive in global markets.
Published: 21 November 2014
Most of the plants on our planet are still a mystery to science, to a large extent as the chemical composition of most species has never been fully analysed. Scientists have been studying plants for many centuries, but there is still a lot to learn. In Athens, researchers are trying to unravel the mysterious properties of plants.
Published: 9 October 2014
Plants communicate using their own language, made up of electrical signals, they send messages to other plants and to the environment. In Florence, a European research project is analysing this electrical activity.
Published: 29 July 2014
We are only aware of about 10% of our brain activity, so scientists at a lab in Barcelona are working to increase that percentage. They hope to enable us to perform better in a world which is increasingly overwhelmed by data.
Published: 14 July 2014
New findings from an excavation site in Spain are generating heated debate among palaeontologists and archaeologists about precisely when the Neanderthals disappeared and were replaced by the first anatomically modern human beings. The research, carried out by a team from the Centre for Prehistoric Archaeological Heritage Studies at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, and published in the Journal of Human Evolution, pinpoints the transition to between 34 000 and 32 000 years ago, and supports the hypothesis that the two species did not interact or coexist.
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Published: 6 April 2010