JRC News

  1. 22 Apr 2016

    A newly developed index identifies areas of the Mediterranean Sea which are most affected by non-native, invasive alien species introduced through the Suez Canal, by aquaculture or through shipping. The top invaders appear to be algae, according to a JRC study.

    Species that made their way through the Suez Canal show highest concentration in the eastern parts of the basin, while those introduced by shipping are mostly present in many central and north-western sites. Two high-impact areas were evident around the Italian peninsula due to species introduced by aquaculture.

  2. 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.

  3. 30 Mar 2016

    Phytobenthos, the plants that live on or near the bottom of rivers and lakes, are among the biological quality elements indicated by the Water Framework Directive as biological monitors of the ecological status of rivers and lakes.

  4. 23 Mar 2016

    JRC scientists estimated, in collaboration with Plymouth University (UK), the combined uncertainty for the determination of the dissolved iron amount content in seawater. The latter is measured to elucidate the biogeochemical cycling of this element and its role in the oceanic sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide. The study revealed that the measurement uncertainty is easily underestimated, and the analysis of iron in seawater still poses challenges.

  5. 17 Feb 2016

    Under the Patronage of H.E. Dr Mohammed Thneibat, Minister of Education of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the JRC is participating in the inauguration of the exhibition on the Science and Art of Water in Jordan on 18 February 2016. 


  6. 4 Feb 2016

    JRC scientists presented an update of existing matrix certified reference materials for priority pollutants of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). This overview aims to support EU Member States' laboratories in their duty of monitoring the quality of surface water.

  7. 2 Feb 2016

    A JRC-led article published in Remote Sensing last week presents a new method for mapping river properties using remote sensing. The new method provides a tool for monitoring and characterising the hydromorphological status (physical characteristics of the shape, boundaries and content) of river systems along the entire channel network and through time, opening novel and significant perspectives to river science and management, notably for planning and targeting actions at the large scale.

  8. 2 Feb 2016

    In close collaboration with European Metrology Institutes, JRC scientists investigated the suitability of bottles from various materials (glass, aluminium, plastic) for storage of surface water reference materials (RMs). The study revealed that the chemicals added to water stored in the bottles exhibit different behaviours towards interaction (and consequently loss through adsorption) with the storage container material.

  9. 4 Jan 2016

    JRC scientist Sandra Poikane is the lead author of a recently published article that reviews, intercalibrates and makes recommendations on how best to carry out the ecological assessment of  lakes using benthic invertebrates.

    Under the EU Water Framework Directive, the ecological status of European surface waters is assessed using biological communities.  For lakes, benthic invertebrates have been recognised as one of the most difficult organism groups to use in ecological assessment, and hitherto their use in ecological assessment has been limited.

  10. 17 Nov 2015

    Today marks the launch of the European Microbiology Expert Group (EMEG) website, which provides information on the implementation of alternative methods for testing the microbiological drinking water quality under the EU Drinking Water Directive (Council Directive 98/83/EC of 3 November 1998 on the quality of water intended for human consumption).

    According to the Drinking Water Directive, EU Member States can use alternative methods for testing the microbial quality of drinking water.