JRC News

  1. 17 Nov 2015

    Today marks the launch of the European Microbiology Expert Group (EMEG) website, which provides information on the implementation of alternative methods for testing the microbiological drinking water quality under the EU Drinking Water Directive (Council Directive 98/83/EC of 3 November 1998 on the quality of water intended for human consumption).

    According to the Drinking Water Directive, EU Member States can use alternative methods for testing the microbial quality of drinking water.

  2. 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.


  3. 16 Nov 2015

    A recent DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs - JRC expert report proposes a strategy for the establishment of a European observation system dedicated to monitoring CO2 emissions from space.

  4. 16 Nov 2015

    A recently published JRC article describes the effects of atmospheric forcing changes on the Mediterranean Sea’s primary productivity rate over the coming century. It finds that, although the average overall primary production rate will be almost unchanged, climate change will lead to a reduction in primary production in the western basin, and an increase in the eastern basin.

  5. 16 Nov 2015

    France is the EU’s largest producer of wheat and maize, and has collected a unique high-quality statistical dataset on crop yields at département level for over 25 years. The presence of different climatic regions makes France an ideal test-case to investigate the role of climate variability on crop yields and to better understand the impacts of future climate change.

  6. 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.

  7. 13 Nov 2015

    Detecting the presence of nanoparticles in consumer products is an enduring challenge for analytical laboratories.

    Although many different techniques can potentially be used to measure the dimension of objects smaller than a 1/10000 of a millimetre, in practice, the results obtained using different methods may not always prove to be consistent.

  8. 13 Nov 2015

    A JRC-led article has identified escape from aquaculture facilities, releases in the wild due to pet/aquarium trade and stocking activities as the main pathways of alien species introduction in European lakes and rivers.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.