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Olives are not only a 'superfood' - they also create thousands of jobs in the Mediterranean region. But ironically, producing table olives or olive oil requires huge amounts of water - sometimes a scarcity in hot, dry southern Europe. An EU-funded project has developed a system to re-use the water used to wash olives - good news for both the environment and olive producers limited by low water levels.
Published: 11 August 2015
Eggs are so much more than yolks and whites. For pharmaceuticals and cosmetics companies, the membrane within the shell is highly prized. With an innovative new technology to separate the membrane from the mineral shell without damaging the former, EU-funded researchers are filling a gap in the market and addressing the waste problem facing companies using eggs.
Published: 6 August 2015
Why should gluten intolerance condemn people to a lifetime of limited - and often bland - food choices? By using new innovative ingredients and techniques to replicate the taste and texture of gluten, an EU-funded project has taken impressive steps to ensure that nothing is off the menu. The project's techniques are also helping Europe's smaller food manufacturers develop new products for the gluten-free market, helping them compete.
Published: 4 August 2015
By developing techniques to produce everyday foods that are both affordable and nutritious, EU-funded researchers are showing the path to a future in which everyone - including those at risk of poverty - can enjoy a healthy diet without worrying about cost. The project's techniques are being applied by small food processors - a boost to their competitiveness.
Published: 3 August 2015
Climate change is affecting plant life worldwide, with potentially disastrous effects for both wild and agricultural species. EU-funded researchers are studying the impact of higher temperatures and drought on seed quality in order to develop techniques for conserving wild plants, and for ensuring sustainable crop yields.
Published: 31 July 2015
Europe's smaller agri-businesses will soon be able to tell whether their products are within the EU's strict limits for pesticide residues without having to send samples to the laboratory. This is because an EU-funded project has developed a rapid, easy-to-use portable biosensor that offers testing up to 10 times cheaper than conventional means.
Published: 30 July 2015
EU-funded research has shown that natural rubber from home-grown dandelions and guayule could be used for tyres. Researchers and industry are now working together to scale up production - paving the way for Europe to reduce its dependence on rubber imports and to boost competitiveness.
Published: 13 July 2015
Great bread doesn't happen by chance. Even with the best ingredients, it takes practice and patience - notably because the dough needs time and specific conditions to rise to yeasty perfection. EU-funded researchers are putting the final touches to a new system that will make the proofing chambers used in bakeries even better.
Published: 6 July 2015
EU-funded researchers are extracting small pieces of protein from rice starch by-products for 'superfoods' and new cosmetics. These 'magic' molecules could add a healthy twist to baby food, sports protein supplements and products for sufferers of coeliac disease. An engineered human skin eliminating any need for animal testing could also be on the market within two years.
Published: 26 June 2015
Farming consumes around 70% of the world's fresh water. Limiting irrigation to the actual water crops need - and no more - makes farming more sustainable and improves yields. An EU-funded project is developing a user-friendly precision irrigation decision support system for more accessible technology that saves water. A first interface will be available next year.
Published: 24 June 2015