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  1. Bioinformatics

    Developing and running software tools and methods able to organise, store, retrieve and analyse large volumes of biological data is what Bioinformatics is all about. At the JRC, we apply Bioinformatics to genetic data, i.e. to DNA sequences, for the detec ...

    14 November 2014

  2. Genetics for traceability in the fisheries sector

    Low-cost catfish fillets sold as expensive sole fillets or cod caught in the North Sea but declared as originating from the Baltic Sea are both examples of types of fraud in the fisheries sector. Molecular methods, such as those based on DNA-technology, m ...

    30 April 2014

  3. Guidance Document on the Use of Reference Materials in Genetic Testing

    The aim of this guidance document is to provide a short and user-friendly support to genetic testing laboratories. It is based on internationally harmonised basic concepts and terminology for quality assurance and control (QA/QC). Relevant terms of the In ...

    30 April 2014

  4. Exploring opportunities for the integration of genetic data into fisheries management resulting from the European Union Data Collection Framework Regulation (DCR 199/2008)

    In its user guide on the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) the underlines that fisheries management in the EU relies on scientific advice, and is therefore dependent on accurate, relevant and up-to-date data. Since 2001, the CFP has set aside funding to help ...

    30 April 2014

  5. Deterring Illegal Activities in the Fisheries Sector- Genetics, Genomics, Chemistry and Forensics to Fight IUU Fishing and in Support of Fish Product Traceability

    Marine fish are a precious natural resource and their exploitation for nutrition and income is deeply embedded in human culture. However, massive fi shing activity, both legal and illegal, has had dramatic impacts, and poses a threat to the future of the ...

    30 April 2014

  6. Sturgeon conservation genomics: SNP discovery and validation using RAD sequencing

    Caviar-producing sturgeon belonging to the genus Acipenser are considered to be one of the most endangered species groups in the world. Continued over-fishing in spite of increasing legislation, zero catch quotas and extensive aquaculture production, have ...

    30 April 2014

  7. Genetic Testing in Emerging Economies (GenTEE)

    Drivers, barriers and opportunities for genetic testing services in emerging economies: the GenTEE (Genetic Testing in Emerging Economies) project Background: Due to the epidemiological transition in the emerging economies of China, East Asia, India, Lati ...

    30 April 2014

  8. Genome sequencing of bacteria: sequencing, de novo assembly and rapid analysis using open source tools

    Background De novo genome sequencing of previously uncharacterized microorganisms has the potential to open up new frontiers in microbial genomics by providing insight into both functional capabilities and biodiversity. Until recently, Roche 454 pyroseque ...

    30 April 2014

  9. Genomics in marine monitoring: new opportunities for assessing marine health status

    This viewpoint paper explores the potential of genomics technology to provide accurate, rapid, and cost efficient observations of the marine environment. The use of such approaches in next generation marine monitoring programs will help achieve the goals ...

    30 April 2014

  10. Identifying key stakeholders and developing a roadmap for the risk assessment

    Escapes or releases of domesticated aquaculture fish pose a potential risk of adverse effects on native fish gene pools. The FP7 project AquaTrace applies molecular genetic tools, which will improve the ability for tracing farmed fish in the wild and for ...

    30 April 2014

  11. New analytical approaches for verifying the origin of food: Chapter 9. Using new analytical approaches to verify the origin of fish

    Food and beverage labels often specify a product?s origin (i.e. its geographical origin, species origin, variety and/or method of production). These claims can significantly influence an item?s economic value, but their verification is not straightforward ...

    08 May 2014

  12. From cooperative data collection to full collaboration and co-management: a synthesis of the 2014 ICES symposium on fishery-dependent information

    In this paper, we synthesize information presented at the 2nd Fishery Dependent Information (FDI) Conference, held in Rome, Italy, from 2 to 6 March 2014.Wereviewcurrent issues and advances in the collection, interpretation and application of fishery-depe ...

    04 June 2015

  13. Marine Fish Population Geobrowser

    Fishpoptrace Fish Population Trace- Map Geobrowser This FishPopTrace Geo-Visualisation tool allows all interested parties to observe results and outcomes of the FP7 project FishPopTrace, put in a geographical context. Features include the FishPopTrace sam ...

    30 April 2014

  14. GMOMETHODS: The European Union Database of Reference Methods for GMO Analysis

    GMOMETHODS GMOMETHODS (GMO detection method database) The GMOMETHODS database provides reliable and harmonized information on EU reference methods for detection of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). These methods are DNA-based polymerase chain reactio ...

    27 June 2014

  15. Bt corn in Spain- the performance of the EU's first GM crop

    16 Apr 2008 The JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) has published in Nature Biotechnology an analysis on the agronomic and economic performanes of the first GM crop cultivated in the EU. Currently, the only GM crop authorized for co ...

    16 April 2008

  16. Chinese rice products: stopping unauthorised GMO from entering the EU

    15 Feb 2008 On 13 February, the European Commission decided to require compulsory certification for the imports of Chinese rice products that could contain the unauthorised GMO Bt63. The decision has been taken after rice products-originating in, or consi ...

    13 February 2008

  17. GMCC-07: Third International Conference on Coexistence between Genetically Modified (GM) and non-GM based Agricultural Supply Chains

    20 Nov 2007 to 21 Nov 2007 GMCC-07 is the third edition of a biannual international scientific conference on coexistence between GM and non-GM agricultural supply chains. GMCC-07, organised by the JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) ...

    30 April 2014

  18. JRC Open Day in Malta

    20 Nov 2009 On the occasion of a joint event organised by the JRC in cooperation with the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST), the two organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding on intensified research cooperation. Areas of such collab ...

    30 April 2014

  19. Harmonisation of GMO Detection and Analysis for Central and South America

    04 Dec 2009 to 05 Dec 2009 The Molecular Biology and Genomics Unit of JRC-IHCP, in cooperation with the Health and Consumer protection DG of the Commission, is organising an International Workshop on Harmonisation of GMO Detection and Analysis. The Worksh ...

    30 April 2014

  20. EU scientific study gauges current approaches to addressing potential health effects from genetically modified food and animal feed

    10 Sep 2008 The European Commission's Joint Research Centre has released a new study entitled " Scientific and technical contribution to the development of an overall health strategy in the area of GMOs ". The study assesses the current sta ...

    10 September 2008

  21. JRC produces the first large-scale study on the agronomic and economic performance of a genetically modified crop cultivated in the EU

    24 Jun 2008 The Joint Research Centre's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies has today, 24 June, 2008 released the results of a face-to-face survey with 402 maize farmers in Spain- the largest EU producer (75,148 hectares) followed by Fran ...

    24 June 2008

  22. JRC GMO-Matrix

    Free access to the JRC GMO-Matrix The JRC GMO-Matrix web application is a decision support tool to optimise the detection of GMOs via computer simulation which makes the analysis of GMOs in the food chain more efficient and cost-effective.   Health and co ...

    30 April 2014

  23. Central Core DNA Sequence Information System (CCSIS)

    CCSIS The Central Core DNA Sequence Information System (CCSIS) is an implementation of a DNA sequence database integrated with bioinformatics tools to give support to the European Union Reference Laboratory for Genetically Modified Food & Feed (EU-RL ...

    25 November 2014

  24. High Performance Computing Facility

    HPC The JRC's High Performance Computing facility (HPC) hosts several computing platforms to support the analysis of the growing volume of data, e.g. as generated by the NGS-Bioinformatics infrastructure. Specifically, the HPC facility of the JRC is ...

    25 November 2014

  25. NGS-Bioinformatics infrastructure

    NGS The JRC is using the NGS-Bioinformatics infrastructure in the context of detection and characterisation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). JRC's NGS bioinformatics infrastructure has the capacity to store, manage and analyse the large quan ...

    25 November 2014