JRC News

  1. 27 Apr 2016

    North Korea’s total food production – including cereals, soybeans and potatoes in cereal equivalent – is estimated to have fallen in 2015, and is expected to worsen food security in the country, according to an update issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

  2. 26 Apr 2016

    The latest JRC MARS Crop monitoring in Europe Bulletin (published today) reports a positive yield outlook, although there are concerns in Poland and Ukraine after an unfavourable winter.

    In most regions, weather conditions have been favourable for winter crop growth and spring sowing activities. In general, the current prospects for EU-28 yields are above the five-year average, and the forecast for total cereals has increased compared to our last Bulletin, reflecting the generally good growth conditions.

  3. 20 Apr 2016

    A JRC article published in August 2015 on consumer food waste in the EU has been selected as one of the 25 pioneering articles published in the recently published Environmental Research Letters (ERL) highlights of 2015.

    The 25 highlights were chosen on the basis of referee endorsement, scientific impact, advances made in the field, novelty and broad appeal, and as epitomising the very best in interdisciplinary work at the nexus of research and policy groups.

  4. 15 Apr 2016

    Over the last decade, the JRC has been hosting  the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for Feed Additives aimed at supporting the authorisation process within the EU. The EURL works in close collaboration with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the EC Directorate Health and Food Safety,  ensuring that only safe additives are used on the European market and that their presence in feed is monitored.

  5. 11 Apr 2016

    JRC scientists produced a spiked rice material to be further developed as a reference material for radioactivity measurements. The material, spiked with 137Cs was tested for homogeneity by gamma ray spectrometry and was found to be sufficiently homogenous to be employed for future method validation.

  6. 14 Mar 2016

    JRC scientists reviewed the analytical methodologies developed in the last decade for the measurement of pesticides in grapes. The large number of pesticides belonging to different chemical classes that can be applied to grapes make the compliance with legislation on residue limits still a challenge.

  7. 7 Mar 2016

    The JRC released two new, certified reference materials (CRMs) for the detection of the animal origin of feed ingredients. The availability of suitable analytical methods and CRMs supports the re-authorisation of certain processed animal proteins as feed ingredient according to Regulation (EC) No 51/2013.

  8. 5 Feb 2016

    JRC Scientists have developed a method of analysis for specific compounds that indicate  the irradiation treatment of cashew nuts and nutmeg. The method was compared to the European standard method, EN 1785:2003 and it demonstrated to be  more rapid, less resource consuming and more sensitive.

  9. 2 Feb 2016

    For years scientists have been working on systems to better classify organisms using genetic "barcodes", i.e. DNA sequences that are used as unique identifiers for each species and that are found at specific locations of their genomes. For plants, for example, the currently used DNA barcodes are found in the plastids, small organelles within the plant cells that carry out photosynthesis. The genome of the plastid is very small in comparison to the plant genome, which has made the identification of DNA barcodes easier.

  10. 26 Jan 2016

    JRC scientists contributed with a chapter on "The European Union Reference methods database and decision supporting tool for the analysis of genetically modified organisms: GMOMETHODS and JRC GMO-Matrix".