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  Biodiversity sustainability is high on EU agenda

Photo of article NET-BIOME is the EU's latest major research initiative targeting the sustainability of biodiversity in the tropical and subtropical regions of the EU. An 11-strong group – comprised of research organisations and regional authorities from the said regions – have joined forces to effectively meet the objective of this ERA-NET Action, by: developing common policies; identifying strategic research priorities; enhancing the collection and exchange of information; and kicking off joint research activities. Europeans face the challenge of protecting the tropical and subtropical regions' biodiversity from the influence of humans. NET-BIOME¬ will be instrumental in guaranteeing that European research complies with global biodiversity standards.

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Published: 4 June 2007


  Forest protection pushes Europeans into action

Photo of article Scientists and industry experts from Europe and abroad recently launched a joint effort for the protection of forests. The 100-strong group initiated COST Action E27 targeting a better understanding of national and international distinctions of protected forest areas in Europe, and an explanation behind this diversity. They analysed an entire range of protected forest area categories. The findings showed that a marked separation exists between restrictions related to timber resources and silvicultural management, and those linked to non-timber production and public access. The publication Protected forest areas – analysis and harmonisation (PROFOR): Results, conclusions and recommendations was published last March and is now available.

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Published: 1 June 2007


  European research determines Australia’s carbon monoxide worries are South American imports

Photo of article Thanks to a European research project of literally global proportions, scientists have been able to determine that much of the carbon monoxide residing in the atmosphere above Australia is produced by wildfires in South America. Australia’s wildfires are notorious; however, scientists suspected other factors were at play above the biomass-poor regions of central Australia. Biomass incineration, i.e. wildfires, is the largest cause of carbon monoxide in the lower reaches of the atmosphere. Researchers using the Dutch-German satellite instrument SCIAMACHY aboard Europe’s environmental satellite Envisat were able to determine that local fires couldn’t be responsible for the CO levels observed by Dr Annemieke Gloudemans of the Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON), and her colleagues.

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Published: 22 May 2007


  EU project identifies genetic hardiness in trees

Photo of article A determining factor for the success of saplings maturing into healthy trees is their hardiness. Indeed, one of the major tasks for nursery growers consists of hardening plants, or preparing them for the harsh and often varying conditions they will face in natural environments. Hardiness, and particularly cold hardiness for European purposes, is important for forestry officials coordinating reforestation efforts across the continent. A successfully completed research project funded under FP5 attempted to identify the genetic root of tree hardiness to support reforestation rates and the vitality of economically and ecologically important forest tree species.

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Published: 29 January 2007


  EU project fights farm parasites organically

Photo of article When we think of organic farming, we might think of crops untreated with pesticides or livestock grown without benefit - in terms of size at least - of growth hormone. Less often, however, do we consider how an animal is treated for disease. Consumers of organic goods expect that the products they buy come from animals that have been raised free from all synthetic chemical compounds, and by extension that includes the way animals are treated for disease. For farming in general, gastrointestinal nematodes, or roundworms, pose a significant threat to production in pasture-based systems. The threat can be particularly problematic for organic farmers. An EU-funded project has investigated ways of treating worms organically, providing much needed aid to the burgeoning organic farming industry.

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Published: 11 January 2007



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