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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The March edition of the JRC's Anomaly Hotspots of Agricultural Production (ASAP) assessment is now available at:
During the European Commission’s Second Annual Forum on Endocrine Disruptors, the JRC presented the findings of the recently completed Fitness Check of the EU legal framework on these chemicals.
Endocrine disruptors (EDs) are chemical substances that cause adverse effects by interfering with the hormonal (endocrine) system.
The JRC has demonstrated the feasibility of using a combination of Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (ED-XRF) spectroscopy and pattern recognition techniques to support the fight against food fraud.
The plant species, the environment where it is grown and how it is grown (organic or conventional) has a lasting influence on the elemental composition of food.
The higher price consumers have to pay e.g. for organic products or those produced in a specific geographical region, makes them an attractive target for fraudsters.
A joint JRC-IAEA research project on the determination of picogram amounts of uranium in micrometre-sized particles for nuclear safeguards and security purposes was recently published.
In the immediate aftermath of disasters, emergency managers need reliable information to organise rescue activities and allocate resources across the impacted areas. Satellite imagery used by the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS) is a crucial asset providing geo-referenced data showing the place and impact of the event. Still, a few hours are required to acquire and process the images and turn them into relevant information.