JRC News

  1. 14 Nov 2014

    Today the JRC-managed European Reference Laboratory for Feed Additives (EURL-FA) marks 10 years of scientific and technical support to the EU legislation on feed additives, which ensures they are safe for use and traceable in the feed chain.

    The JRC-hosted EURL-FA went in operation in November 2004. Its main task is to support the authorisation procedure of feed additives that are used in the European Union. It also provides quality assurance for the analysis of feed additives through the organisation of proficiency tests (PTs).

  2. 4 Dec 2012

    From 3 to 5 December, the European Network of GMO Laboratories (ENGL) meets at the JRC Ispra site to discuss emerging issues related to GMO analysis but also celebrate its official 10th Anniversary.

  3. 8 Jan 2008

    The conference aims to address the science and technology underpinning GMO control and analysis by bringing together international experts willing to share knowledge and participate in promoting international scientific dialogue across diverse yet interdependent areas such as:

  4. 1 Jan 2015

    On 20 December 2013, the 68th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted a resolution which declared 2015 the first ever International Year of Soils (IYS).

    The IYS 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions. It was officially launched on 5 December 2014, the first official UN World Soil Day.

    The specific objectives of the IYS 2015 are to:

  5. 3 Nov 2014

    The Forward Thinking Platform, a network of foresight practitioners and an open space for discussing the future of agriculture and rural development and the implications for agricultural research, has recently produced a Glossary of Terms commonly used in Futures Studies. The Glossary aims to promote a ‘common language’ with regard Futures Studies of food, agriculture and rural development. Several JRC scientists co-authored the glossary, which was created with the support of the Global Forum on Agriculture Research (GFAR).

     

  6. 27 Nov 2014

    How can research in food and diets address how we will live and eat in 2050? By supporting the move towards individualised diets; by ensuring the sustainability of the future food system; by improving our understanding of links between food, nutrients and health; and by focusing on integrated policy-making. These are the main findings of a new foresight report that will support work done under Horizon 2020, the EU's Funding Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020.

  7. 22 Jul 2014

    Scientists at the EU reference laboratory (EU-RL) for mycotoxins, which is operated by the JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, developed a highly accurate method for the determination of aflatoxins in cereal-based baby food and maize.

  8. 18 Mar 2014

    The information given on the label of a food product has to be truthful and unambiguous so that consumers can make a choice when buying food. Appropriate testing methods are needed to enforce the correctness of information provided to consumers; protecting them from being misled.

  9. 12 Jan 2012

    The prices of agricultural commodities are expected to stay firm over the medium term, according to a new report published by the European Commission.

  10. 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.