Agriculture & food
Food safety & health risks
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An EU-funded project developed new natural plant pest and disease control products that some farmers are already using on their farms. The aim is to reduce the use of chemicals to protect crops - a benefit for human health and the environment.
Published: 12 November 2019
An EU-funded project is developing in-water and satellite-based digital monitoring systems that can detect threats to Europe's drinking water supplies, improve water management and guard against dangerous water quality.
Published: 15 October 2019
Stressed plants typically stop growing. An EU-funded project has developed and is applying an innovative approach to generate drought-resistant plants that continue to grow. This could play an important role in ensuring food security in areas where water is scarce.
Published: 23 September 2019
As pressure grows to limit the use of conventional pesticides that may harm health and the environment, EU-funded researchers have brought eco-friendly alternatives a step closer to reality by turning insects' own hormones against them.
Published: 28 August 2019
By sharing advanced methodologies and practical solutions for growers, traders, food and feed manufacturers, and policy makers, the EU-funded MycoKey project is strengthening the partnership between China and the EU.
Published: 24 July 2019
Agricultural waste represents a huge pool of untapped resources that can be turned into valuable assets with many potential industrial applications. An EU-funded project is looking for innovative approaches to convert the growing amount of human-produced agricultural waste into eco-efficient, bio-based products.
Published: 11 July 2019
The introduction of intensive farming has increased productivity but has also led to crop standardisation and a dangerous loss of biodiversity. EU-funded research is looking at ways to reverse this process and ensure future food quality and sustaina-bility.
Published: 8 July 2019
Infectious animal diseases represent a serious threat to farm animals as well as to humans' public health. An EU-funded project is building a transnational network of bio-containment research facilities, industry partners and international organisations that allows for safe research on high-risk pathogens causing highly contagious animal diseases.
Published: 7 June 2019
An EU-funded project is using slime mould to produce accessible sensing devices with a wide range of applications, including environmental monitoring and health - helping European industry become more competitive in the growing biosensor device market. The devices can also be used for citizen science applications.
Published: 15 April 2019
EU-funded researchers are using mathematical models to improve water management in Africa. Their aim is to balance the water, energy and food needs of communities in a sustainable way while allowing for economic development.
Published: 18 March 2019