JRC News

  1. 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.

  2. 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".

  3. 3 Dec 2015

    On 3 December, the European Commission adopted a report on trans fats (TFA) in food and in the overall diet of Europeans.

  4. 20 Oct 2015

    Today, 20 October, the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine (CAIQ) and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC) renewed their collaborative research arrangement (CRA) at the EU Pavillon of EXPO 2015.

  5. 30 Sep 2015

    The European Commission launched the Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre; a new in-house centre to help EU Member States respond to emergencies, prevent and reduce the impact of disasters.

  6. 15 Jul 2015

    On 15 July, the European Commission organised a side event to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

  7. 22 May 2015

    In their recent peer-reviewed paper entitled "Genetically modified animals: options and issues for traceability and enforcement", JRC scientists provide an overview of the 75 GM-animals already existing or in advanced state of development worldwide. About half of these are designed for the food market.  The study also reviews the available methods for control and traceability in the food and feed chain.

  8. 13 May 2015

    The JRC has released a new report on its scientific support to EU's "from farm to fork" policy which ensures Europeans enjoy safe and nutritious food, while facilitating the food industry to work under the best possible conditions.

  9. 8 May 2015

    To promote healthy diets for children, European Commission nutrition experts gathered recipes from school food professionals in all EU Member States plus Norway and Switzerland. The 30 meals inspired a colourful booklet to promote nutritious and tasty school meals.

  10. 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).