JRC News

  1. 26 Apr 2007

    Nutrients are essential for plants and animals, but in excessive amounts they can lead to a significant decrease in soil and water quality. Nutrients can be introduced into the environment through fertilisers or other agrochemicals, and strict regulations have been adopted to limit their use. A new atlas, the work of the JRC's Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES), provides for the first time a clear view on the pressure on eco-systems due to nutrients and their source. The atlas was the basis for identifying areas in Europe with the highest levels of nutrient pressure, which include large portions of The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, and Italy.

  2. 24 Jul 2007

    The central prediction of the JRC's annual forecast is that the 2007 total cereal harvest will be 276 M tonnes or 1,6% below the average of the last five years with Central and Eastern Europe losing out the most.

  3. 2 Oct 2007

    The 2007 MARS PAC annual conference - the thirteenth - will be held in collaboration with the Spanish Paying Agency FEGA, from 12 to 14 November at the Palacio de Congresos, Madrid.

  4. 17 Jan 2008

    The JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) and Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES) have produced an outlook of several rural development indicators that have been integrated in the Commission's 2007 report "Rural Development in the European Union - Statistical and Economic Information".

  5. 16 Apr 2008

    The JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) has published in Nature Biotechnology an analysis on the agronomic and economic performanes of the first GM crop cultivated in the EU. Currently, the only GM crop authorized for commercial cultivation in the EU is a GM maize resistant to certain pests, known as Bt maize. The EU Member State with the highest adoption rate of Bt maize by farmers is Spain, where the crop has been grown commercially 9 years. The Spanish case was selected to evaluate the agronomic and economic performance for farmers of Bt maize.

  6. 7 Aug 2008

    Favourable weather conditions and an increase in the planted area farmed should lead to a total cereals harvest close to 301m tonnes for this year in the European Union, 43m tonnes more than in 2007. This represents an increase of 16% on the 2007 harvest and 9% on the past five years' average production. This forecast, published today by the European Commission, is based on an updated analysis by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), using an advanced crop yield forecasting system.

  7. 15 Oct 2008

    The Green Paper on agricultural product quality adopted today by the European Commission aims to open a debate on how to help European farmers maximise the quality of the food and drink they produce and better respond to consumer demands. As globalisation brings about pressure from low cost products produced overseas and as consumer tastes evolve, Europe's most potent weapon is "quality".

  8. 9 Dec 2008

    Dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) recently discovered in pork and animal feed in Ireland have triggered a recall by Irish authorities of all domestically produced pork products from the market. As the situation unfolds, the JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) is on hand to provide Member States' laboratories with certified reference materials to ensure the accurate detection and quantification of dioxins and PCBs in food.

  9. 14 Feb 2009

    Today, on the occasion of the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago, the JRC releases a new report entitled "Addressing soil degradation in EU agriculture: relevant processes, practices and policies".

  10. 16 Feb 2009

    The JRC is intensifying and globalising its research activities relating to desertification, drought and 'dryland' science. In 2008, a new research team was set up at the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES), with a view to developing benchmarks and indicators for monitoring and assessing desertification processes on a range of geographic scales. The research team is already engaged in several regional and global networks, providing key support to policy makers at a European level and beyond, and its activities are beginning to bear fruit.