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Photo of article New crop to provide bio-based products from poorest soils

By adapting the Andean lupin to grow as a biomass crop in Europe's poorest soils, the goal of the EU-and industry-funded LIBBIO project is to supply a range of products to the food, animal feed and cosmetics industries.

Published: 8 July 2020

Photo of article Burning bio-oil to heat homes more sustainably

An EU-funded project has perfected the production of bio-oil and altered boilers to heat homes - recycling farm and forestry waste whilst cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Published: 15 June 2020

Photo of article Cybergenetics brings noisy cells under control

EU-funded researchers are employing the principles of control engineering to regulate the biochemical machinery inside cells, bringing the day ever closer when bacteria will be used to manufacture biological molecules on demand.

Published: 11 June 2020

Photo of article 'Living bricks' create building blocks for a circular economy

An EU project has developed highly innovative 'living' bricks that contain chambers of microbes capable of turning human waste, such as urine and grey water, into valuable resources, electricity and clean water.

Published: 9 June 2020

Photo of article Transforming crop yields through synthetic photorespiration

As the global population continues to grow and the availability of arable land reaches capacity, it is important to find new ways of improving food crop productivity. EU-funded researchers are investigating the potential of novel photorespiration pathways to help meet this challenge.

Published: 18 May 2020

Photo of article Self-powered platform holds promise as point-of-care biosensor

A single test strip - the first platform to couple a methanol fuel cell with a biosensor - could act as a self-powered, easy-to-use, disposable, and low-cost test for diseases such as cancer, say EU-funded researchers.

Published: 13 May 2020

Photo of article Cultivating innovative techniques for sustainable water use

An EU-funded project promoted the exchange, display and transfer of innovative fertigation technologies which combine fertilisation with irrigation. This approach will help farmers to use limited water resources more sustainably while reducing harmful nutrient losses to the environment.

Published: 1 April 2020

Photo of article Closing the circle on plastic waste

The problem of plastic waste and its impact on the environment needs to be urgently addressed. EU-funded research is looking at ways of creating a more sustainable plastic packaging life cycle to reduce the impact of plastic waste.

Published: 25 March 2020

Photo of article Brewing greener chemicals from fermented waste

Your dinner leftovers, vegetable peelings and discarded packaging paper could provide environmentally friendly alternatives to commonly used chemicals, thanks to innovative technologies and fermentation processes being developed by EU and industry-funded researchers.

Published: 27 February 2020

Photo of article Food waste as feedstock for 3D printed bioplastics

An EU and industry-funded project is converting extracts of lemon rinds, almond husks and corn by-products into sustainably sourced car parts and building components, replacing fossil-based plastics, protecting the environment and growing the circular economy.

Published: 6 January 2020

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