JRC News

  1. 22 Apr 2016

    A newly developed index identifies areas of the Mediterranean Sea which are most affected by non-native, invasive alien species introduced through the Suez Canal, by aquaculture or through shipping. The top invaders appear to be algae, according to a JRC study.

    Species that made their way through the Suez Canal show highest concentration in the eastern parts of the basin, while those introduced by shipping are mostly present in many central and north-western sites. Two high-impact areas were evident around the Italian peninsula due to species introduced by aquaculture.

  2. 20 Apr 2016

    A JRC article published in August 2015 on consumer food waste in the EU has been selected as one of the 25 pioneering articles published in the recently published Environmental Research Letters (ERL) highlights of 2015.

    The 25 highlights were chosen on the basis of referee endorsement, scientific impact, advances made in the field, novelty and broad appeal, and as epitomising the very best in interdisciplinary work at the nexus of research and policy groups.

  3. 19 Apr 2016

    Nanoform, Read-across, Weight of Evidence…what do they mean in the nanomaterials safety context? How many definitions of those terms are available?

    Consistent use of terminology is important in any field of science and technology to ensure common understanding of concepts and tools among different stakeholders, such as science experts, regulatory authorities, industry and consumers.

  4. 18 Apr 2016

    Researchers at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) have joined forces with different European modelling groups to produce a new and more consistent set of multiple climate-hazard modelling data. The key findings of the study, recently published in Climatic Change and presented today at the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union, show that in the coming decades Europe will be much more frequently exposed to extreme weather events as a result of climate change.

  5. 15 Apr 2016

    Over the last decade, the JRC has been hosting  the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for Feed Additives aimed at supporting the authorisation process within the EU. The EURL works in close collaboration with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the EC Directorate Health and Food Safety,  ensuring that only safe additives are used on the European market and that their presence in feed is monitored.

  6. 13 Apr 2016

    Scientists at the EC-JRC-IRMM have measured the gamma-ray production cross section of the 477.6-keV transition in 7Li following inelastic neutron scattering. In the future, this can be used as a standard cross section for normalizing other measurements.

  7. 11 Apr 2016

    JRC scientists produced a spiked rice material to be further developed as a reference material for radioactivity measurements. The material, spiked with 137Cs was tested for homogeneity by gamma ray spectrometry and was found to be sufficiently homogenous to be employed for future method validation.

  8. 7 Apr 2016

    JRC scientist Frank Dentener is one of the 22 international authors of a recently published feature article in Environmental Science & Technology that reviews what is currently known about the effects of air pollution on health and calls for closer cooperation between air pollution and health scientists in researching the chemical and physical properties of complex air pollution mixtures and their effects on health.

  9. 6 Apr 2016

    JRC scientists standardised the activity concentration of three fission products (129I, 151Sm, and 166mHo) potentially present in nuclear waste. This work will result in new and eventually more accurate determination of the half-lives of these three radionuclides.

  10. 4 Apr 2016

    JRC scientists organised an inter-laboratory comparison study to assess the measurement performance of EU monitoring laboratories. For this purpose, air filters were spiked with  137Cs. The results revealed that EU Member States improved their performance since the last exercise organised in 2003.