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Producing more food to feed a growing global population will require more intensive and extensive farming over the coming decades. Ensuring this can be achieved in a sustainable way is the goal of EU-funded researchers developing methods and tools to monitor and map agricultural areas and crop production.
Published: 16 October 2015
Around one third of all food for human consumption is lost or wasted along the supply chain according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). A European Union (EU)-funded research project, NovelQ, has developed new processing technologies to keep food fresh over a longer period of time, potentially saving the billion tonnes of meat, fish, fruit and vegetables that might end up being thrown away each year.
Published: 1 December 2014
Teams of social scientists and engineers are studying different areas of Latin America in an EU-funded project to discover how political processes, community engagement and appropriate technologies combine to deliver clean water and sanitation. The aim is to use the research to help deliver clean water and sanitation to local communities currently without adequate access.
Published: 19 November 2014
In a time of climate change, when fuel resources are under pressure and lands face potential erosion risks, humble grass seems an unlikely saviour. The European research project OPTIMA is helping cultivate high-yielding perennial grasses that could address these possible challenges, offering a number of valuable environmental and economic benefits.
Published: 11 June 2014
Published: 31 October 2013
The production of advanced high-tech components for aircraft and other aerospace applications is an expensive and time-intensive process involving design, prototyping and then machining of parts often using costly high strength-to-weight materials such as titanium. A new production approach developed under the European Union (EU) -funded RAPOLAC project (Rapid Production of Large Aerospace Components) can bypass the prototyping stage and build a new part in a fraction of the time with production costs reduced by as much as 40%.
Published: 27 March 2013
The construction industry is highly energy intensive and leaves a significant environmental footprint both in terms of carbon emissions and raw material demand. An EU-funded research project was recently launched to address this issue, by investigating the possibility of using waste materials in concrete production. This, researchers believe, could lead to a greener and more sustainable building sector.
Published: 11 December 2012
Every now and then scientists discover something out of this world like a primitive strain of bacteria that lives in an extreme environment not knowing that one day the proteins in this organism could revolutionise biotechnology, reveal the secret to life on other planets, or simply change our sunbathing habits. EU-funded researchers are exploring the potential of the unspoilt lagoons of the Andes.
Published: 20 November 2012
Today, some 1 billion people are undernourished and 0.9 billion lack access to safe water. In addition, population growth coupled with global economic expansion is placing huge pressures on natural resources. Experts predict that by 2030, the demand for food will grow by 50% compared to current levels. To meet the UN Millennium Development Goals to eradicate hunger and poverty, it is essential to reduce post harvest losses.
Published: 6 July 2012