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When the nature of a disease is unknown, it is difficult to be prepared. Think Ebola, avian influenza or SARS - news reports of their spread were regularly accompanied by updates on the frantic hunt for vaccines and treatments. EU-funded researchers hope to stay one step ahead from now on with a new platform for detecting and analysing outbreaks.
Published: 13 January 2016
Plant breeders could in the future produce new versions of common crops to cope with climate change. An EU-funded project is using genetics to identify which plants in staple cereal species could thrive in drought and high temperatures, helping future-proof our food.
Published: 16 October 2015
When a deluge strikes there's a risk that a city's sewers and storm water networks are unable to handle the volume of water - leading to overflows and flooding. In response, an EU-funded project has created an early warning system that allows city authorities and water utilities to take preventative action before sewer and storm water networks overflow and flood the streets - potentially saving lives and protecting homes and infrastructure.
Published: 27 November 2014
Published: 25 November 2014
Although Europe's air quality has improved over the last 25 years, pollution is still prominent - particularly in cities. Cleaning the air is more difficult than before, as most people can no longer smell or see the pollution. However, the European Union (EU)-funded research project CITI-SENSE is harnessing novel technologies to detect contaminated air and share the data in real- time.
Published: 24 November 2014
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
Connecting experts with their counterparts in different regions of the world and making the latest research results freely available to all is likely to represent a great boost for the scientific inquiry. The EUAsiaGrid project helped establish an Asian e-Science Grid Infrastructure that fosters access to scientific data and facilitates the creation of collaborative partnerships.
Published: 17 October 2014
Although fossil oils are dwindling, they are still our main energy source and continue to dominate the global chemical industry. However, the European Union (EU)-funded research project ICON helped breed crops to produce high-value plant oils that are expected to break the chemical sector's dependence on petroleum.
Published: 1 July 2014
Protecting natures biodiversity is key to the survival of our planet and high on the European agenda. The European Union (EU) Habitats Directive, together with the Birds Directive, has identified over 1,000 animals and plant species in over 200 so-called habitat types, such as special forests, meadows or wetland.
Published: 13 June 2014
EU-funded researchers have developed a more water-efficient technology to help convert sunshine in deserts into electricity. The technology removes the need for water in cooling systems, helping to make solar power generation cheaper and sustainable in sun-rich desert regions.
Published: 26 May 2014