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Published: 30 July 2018
Flax, hemp, kenaf... Fibre crops are used to make objects as varied as clothes, particle board and cosmetics. Research collaboration between Europe and China could help to make them even more attractive as a source of bio-based materials for industrial products. An EU-funded project has mapped out a path.
Published: 9 November 2017
Increasing global trade and climate change have helped the spread of non-native pests and diseases across Europe, posing major challenges to plant health. The EU-funded Dropsa project is working with 26 partners in Europe, Asia, New Zealand and North America to find safe and sustainable ways to protect Europe's fruit industry.
Published: 3 October 2017
Europe produces 70 % of the world's olive oil, but is facing increasing competition. Its high price combined with a reputation as being healthy are attracting new producers from elsewhere, as well as less honest businesses selling counterfeit olive oil. The OLEUM project is building the tools to detect fake olive oil and to verify quality for the real thing.
Published: 25 August 2017
Farming can be hit hard by extreme weather events such as drought, heatwaves and severe frosts. An EU-funded project has developed new modelling tools to better forecast the impact of extreme weather on agricultural production in Europe and beyond - important for protecting the global food supply.
Published: 4 August 2017
Hemp has been a source for materials, fibres and textiles for millennia. Now, an EU-funded project has used cutting-edge genomic approaches to boost hemp production, improve quality and advance scientific understanding of the crop. The research has led to new varieties and processes, providing a sustainable alternative to synthetic fibres and a wide range of other bio-based products.
Published: 26 May 2017
Small, student-built satellites have launched from the International Space Station, marking a crucial milestone for an EU-funded project aimed at unlocking the mysteries of a largely unexplored layer of the Earth's atmosphere. The launch of the network will position Europe as a key player in micro-satellite technology.
Published: 18 April 2017
Bygone Asian cotton and porcelain trade routes could have spurred the consumption of luxury goods in Europe, researchers believe, while scientific cooperation with modern Asia is still leading to new technological advances.
Published: 30 January 2017
The identification of perennial grasses that make strong candidates for biofuel production and new drying techniques are among the results of the OPTIMA project - along with a call for support for farmers that will enable them to turn their marginal land into valuable biomass.
Published: 25 October 2016
Published: 13 October 2016