JRC News

  1. 5 May 2015

    Scientists from the JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements developed a specialised technique to determine accurately the content of aflatoxin B1 in cereal-based baby food, maize and maize-based animal feed. Results showed that the technique may be used to assign reference values to test materials for proficiency testing and to develop candidate reference materials (RMs). These RMs  will not only assure the quality of analytical data generated by EU Member States to test compliance of food with maximum limits set by legislation, but will moreover facilitate the development and validation of new analytical methods.

  2. 5 May 2015

    New technologies in the last decade have shown slow but steady progress of ocean and sea energy power according to a new JRC ocean status report.

  3. 4 May 2015

    JRC scientist Bruna Grizzetti is co-author of a recently published World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Science Brief on how human activities have dramatically altered the nitrogen cycle, which presents one of the main global challenges to human health, ecosystem integrity and biodiversity.

     

    Human activities have altered the global nitrogen cycle even more than the global carbon cycle. The science brief reports that the planetary boundary for nitrogen has been breached by a factor of two, making nitrogen one of the most urgent pressures on the Earth system.

     

  4. 27 Apr 2015

    In the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday 25 April, the JRC is supporting the European Commission in coordinating the EU's response through up-to-date situation reports and maps.

  5. 27 Apr 2015

    The latest Monitoring Agricultural Resources (MARS) bulletin, published today, finds that  the weather conditions in most regions have been favourable for winter crop growth and spring sowings during the period of review (from 1 March to 20 April). Overall, the yield outlook is positive - close to, or somewhat above, the long-term average.

     

  6. 24 Apr 2015

    EURL ECVAM hosts first meeting of European 3Rs Centres (21-22 April 2015)

  7. 24 Apr 2015

    The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) released two European Standards to which JRC-IRMM contributed through validation of the methods.

  8. 23 Apr 2015

    A team of JRC researchers outperformed 27 teams from academia and industry across the globe and achieved best overall result at a competition on indoor localisation in Seattle, USA. Providing accurate position information on people and objects indoors, where GPS signals are not available, has been a challenging research topic over the last decade and there is not yet a large-scale commercial deployment in this field.

  9. 22 Apr 2015

    The Earth Day, celebrated on 22 April since 1970, is marked around the globe with initiatives and events on environmental protection. This week the JRC presents its work on soil, which is critical to life on Earth.

  10. 21 Apr 2015

    Female liver cells, and in particular those in menopaused women, are more susceptible to adverse effects of drugs than their male counterparts, according to new research carried out by the JRC.