Food and Natural Resources

Our warming planet will lead to more frequent extremes in hot or dry weather. But what happens to make both droughts and heat waves occur together, and how does precipitation affect this? A recent study explains.
EU backing has helped to scale up production of a new microalgae strain with a higher protein content and better organoleptic properties than the wild type.
A potentially invaluable resource for forest biodiversity and bioeconomy policymakers, a new data set shows current distributions of 67 European tree species and predicts their future distribution under two emissions scenarios.
An NGO is using school presentations and beach clean-ups to reduce plastic pollution on Dutch Caribbean island territory Sint Maarten.
Insects don’t have time to laze about – that’s probably why we say someone is “as busy as a bee”. But would an overfed and underactive bug find itself putting on weight like we do? We put this question to insect expert Erlend Sild.
Plants come in all shapes and sizes, and even the mighty oak tree can be convinced to grow no larger than a house cat. Our expert Robert Sablowski reveals whether there’s a towering giant waiting to burst out of your bonsai.
An EU-backed project is developing a tool that connects biomass heating supply chain stakeholders. Called e-Market Environment, it is just one of the project’s tools aimed at promoting the spread of bioenergy heating technologies in Europe.
Water covers two thirds of the planet, more than enough to supply every human alive – if only it wasn’t so salty. With climate change and population growth putting traditional water sources under pressure, our expert reveals why desalination is still a pipe dream.
For a healthier ocean, seas, and coastal and inland waters, the Commission is pooling all its necessary resources through a collaborative effort based on research and innovation. A Synergy Info Pack published by CORDIS showcases projects being implemented throughout Europe to speed up the transition in restoring our ocean and waters.
How can Irish family farms become more viable, and how can the younger generation be encouraged to commit to the family business? Through organic farming, says a new EU-funded study.
EU-backed researchers studied different ecological management practices on Scottish livestock farms. They found that adopting ecological practices could help increase farm profits by up to 7 %.
Worried about how some chemicals might affect your health? EU-funded researchers have now found a way to identify the proteins in our body that are affected by the many different chemicals we are exposed to.
The CATTLECHAIN 4.0 project has devised new solutions for farmers to cope better with large numbers of animals while assuring full transparency of the supply chain. The new products could be rolled out as soon as next year.
More than half of the infrastructure located on Arctic coastal permafrost may be affected by 2050, a new study finds.
An EU-funded project is encouraging debate on responsible robotics to promote widespread social acceptance of AI-based robotic technologies in four key areas.
Researchers grow glasswort and grey mullet together for the first time in an aquaponics experiment, and study the growth of greater amberjack reared in sea cages, all under one EU-funded project.
A new study shows a link between the windborne iron aerosols from Australia’s 2019-2020 wildfires deposited in the Southern Ocean and the massive algal blooms observed there, raising new questions about oceanic carbon uptake.
An EU-backed team is developing an innovative photonics sensor for fast and reliable food safety monitoring in Europe’s fruit and vegetable production and distribution chains.
A new study explores the climate and air quality benefits of removing methane from the atmosphere – a crucial complementary approach to current CO2 emissions reduction efforts.
Europe’s agricultural success has come at the cost of a reliance on a small number of high-yielding crops, supported by high inputs of fertilisers and pesticides. Diversifying the crops we grow can support the ecological processes necessary to preserve biodiversity and ensure healthier and more sustainable diets.
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