JRC News

  1. 27 Apr 2015

    The latest Monitoring Agricultural Resources (MARS) bulletin, published today, finds that  the weather conditions in most regions have been favourable for winter crop growth and spring sowings during the period of review (from 1 March to 20 April). Overall, the yield outlook is positive - close to, or somewhat above, the long-term average.

     

  2. 24 Apr 2015

    The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) released two European Standards to which JRC-IRMM contributed through validation of the methods.

  3. 17 Apr 2015

    A special paper collection addressing a number of the current challenges regarding “Reference Materials for Chemical Analysis” has been published by the peer-reviewed journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry under the guest editorship of Hendrik Emons and Stephen Wise.

  4. 14 Apr 2015

    In the frame of the European project QSAFFE scientists from the JRC developed a rapid method based on infrared spectroscopy for the traceability of DDGS in terms of botanical and geographical origin.

  5. 10 Feb 2015

    The JRC collaborated with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on a recent outlook report, covering the period between October 2014 and November 2015, which predicts that a continued food security crisis situation will affect most households in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in 2015.

    The report finds that the total cereal import requirement for 2015 is estimated at 407 000 tonnes. Given that the government is expected to import 300 000 tonnes, the country will face a deficit of 107 000 tonnes.

  6. 6 Feb 2015

    A new report provides guidelines for a correct sample preparation during GMO analysis on food, feed, seed, plants and propagating material samples. Sample preparation, a key step between sampling and analysis, has so far suffered from a lack of guidance and harmonisation. The new guidelines provide details and practical hints which will contribute to foster harmonised test results in the official controls conducted by National Reference Laboratories (NRLs).

  7. 5 Feb 2015

    The European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) on Heavy Metals (HM) organised two proficiency tests (PTs) to assess the capability of laboratories to determine cadmium, lead, arsenic, mercury and inorganic arsenic in mushrooms. Results show that arsenic and inorganic arsenic remain a challenge for a significant number of laboratories.

     

     

  8. 14 Jan 2015

    Our bi-monthly newsletter keeps consumers and stakeholders up to date on latest developments in nutrition.

  9. 1 Jan 2015

    On 20 December 2013, the 68th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted a resolution which declared 2015 the first ever International Year of Soils (IYS).

    The IYS 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions. It was officially launched on 5 December 2014, the first official UN World Soil Day.

    The specific objectives of the IYS 2015 are to:

  10. 17 Dec 2014

    The JRC produced the contents of the joint FAO/JRC e-learning course on: “Remotely Sensed Information for Crop Monitoring and Food Security - Techniques and methods for arid and semi-arid areas” which is part of the EU-FAO Programme on "Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction".