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The times when all farmers needed was a fertile plot of land are long gone. Today, they need input from many sources to do their job. Agricultural knowledge and information systems (AKIS) provide farmers with knowledge on agricultural innovations; an EU-funded project took stock to better understand these systems.
Published: 1 February 2016
Biodiversity is a prerequisite for our existence, but is rarely top of our daily list of priorities. The EU recognises the value of biodiversity; it's funded NetBiome-CSA to support life on earth, including yours.
Published: 22 January 2016
Such is the wealth of biodiversity in Latin America that several countries sport the label 'megadiverse'. But biological hotspots are also often home to precious cultural diversity. EU and Latin American researchers studied community-based initiatives to protect both - together known as 'biocultural diversity'. The findings fed into guides to local conservation.
Published: 20 January 2016
Short-lived pollutants such as ozone, methane and aerosols are key to fighting both climate change and air pollution, says the team behind an EU-funded study that assessed effective emission abatement strategies for these short-lived climate forcers. Such strategies could reduce increases in global temperatures by 0.22 C by 2050, the team believes.
Published: 15 January 2016
Europe's first fully comparable evaluation of vitamin D status and dietary intake - as they relate to vitamin D deficiency - will soon be available thanks to the EU-funded ODIN project. This could lead to innovative food-based solutions designed to increase vitamin D in the food supply.
Published: 11 January 2016
Very specific conditions are needed for a tiny seed to grow into a mighty tree. Providing these conditions helps to preserve biodiversity, as plants produced from cuttings are essentially clones. EU-funded researchers have developed an innovative propagation unit where plantlets can thrive, along with tailor-made growth protocols for many species.
Published: 8 January 2016
Farmers and forest managers need to monitor vital land management activities and changes in vegetation. They are just two potential end-users of a comprehensive new satellite-based earth monitoring system providing free, full and open mapping data to boost management and protection of the environment.
Published: 7 January 2016
Published: 6 January 2016
We know a lot about the human genome and the role genes play in disease. But environmental factors could play an even more important role than genetics. EU-funded researchers are helping to put together a so-called exposome to characterise the complex environmental exposure mixtures linked to disease.
Published: 18 December 2015
The carbon dioxide emitted by fossil fuel power stations and many other types of plant could be used to generate methanol, say EU-funded researchers. They are developing a cost-effective method to turn this overabundant pollutant into a welcome resource. This process will draw on surplus energy produced by renewables at peak times.
Published: 14 December 2015