JRC News

  1. 23 Nov 2015

    The JRC released a new GMO (genetically modified organism) certified reference material (CRM) to be used by GMO testing laboratories to analyse the GMO maize VCO-Ø1981-5 product in food and feeding stuff.

  2. 19 Nov 2015

    JRC-IRMM developed and released the first fruit matrix reference material (IRMM-426 Wild Berries) certified for the two most important anthropogenic (man-made) radionuclides, 137Cs and 90Sr, and for the natural 40K. This reference material supports the precise measurement of radionuclides in agricultural products.

  3. 18 Nov 2015

    Scientists of the JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) determined the yields of a wet chemical precipitation method, applied for the conversion of triuranium octoxide (U3O8) into uranium tetrafluoride (UF4).

  4. 17 Nov 2015

    In close collaboration with scientists from various European laboratories, JRC scientists produced better decay data of the long-lived radionuclide samarium(Sm)-151. This work contributes to an improved radiological characterisation of nuclear waste.


  5. 16 Nov 2015

    In close collaboration with international nuclear research organisations, scientists from the JRC described a method to improve the analysis of cross section measurements at a cold neutron beam. This work is part of the JRC contribution to improve the accuracy of nuclear data, which are important for the development of innovative reactor systems.

  6. 13 Nov 2015

    JRC scientists have compiled and published an overview of the legislation and practical modalities for the implementation of radionuclide monitoring in foodstuff in the European Union. The overview also provides an outline of the monitoring programmes instituted by the Member States and stresses the importance of the quality of data.

  7. 12 Nov 2015

    Scientists from JRC standardised, in collaboration with Swedish researchers, developed a method to measure and analyse prompt γ-ray data emitted in nuclear fission. This is an important step to improve evaluated nuclear data files needed worldwide for precise nuclear heat calculations relevant for future sustainable and essentially CO2-free energy production.

  8. 11 Nov 2015

    Scientists from the JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements prepared tristearin (C57H110O6) layers with an areal density up to 10 mg/cm2 on tantalum backings by physical vapour deposition (PVD) and determined for the first time the hydrogen content of the initial powder, the evaporated material and the residue in the crucible by combustion analysis. It was demonstrated convincingly that the hydrogen content remains unchanged under thermal treatment.

  9. 10 Nov 2015

    In close collaboration with a research group from the Australian National Measurement Institute in Pymble, JRC scientists have improved the measurement of nucleic acids by using a JRC certified reference material. This is important for digital polymerase chain reaction (dPCR) instrument developers.

  10. 9 Nov 2015

    In close collaboration with a research group from the German University of Göttingen, the JRC investigated the consumer liking of boar meat. Therefore, the JRC developed and validated an analytical method that can serve as a reference for future rapid tests to define the sensory thresholds for boar taint acceptance.