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Uploaded On: 09/07/2020

Increasing the production of biomass crops has the potential to help provide Europe’s growing population with a secure and sustainable supply of food, animal feed, bioenergy and other products. However, because the continent’s most fertile land is already being used for traditional crop production, the hunt is on for high-yielding biomass crops that can grow well in lower quality, marginal soils. The EU- and industry-funded LIBBIO project has identified the Andean lupin (Lupinus mutabilis) ...

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Uploaded On: 09/07/2020

The European Commission has launched a process to reboot its European Research Area (ERA) policy, inviting ideas and feedback until August 3, and promising to publish a plan for revitalising ERA, and boosting research and innovation performance in poorer regions of the EU, in September.   Progress towards ERA, a wide-ranging plan to coordinate national systems in a single market for research, has “slowed down” for a number of reasons, the commission says. These include the use of “non-...

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Uploaded On: 09/07/2020

Crop management in Mediterranean rainfed cropping systems, is usually finalized to a more efficient water use. Most soils have low soil organic content, due to low water availability, high temperature and tillage intensity. Conservation agriculture (CA) – no soil layers inversion, plant residues mulching and crop rotations - could reduce the risk of soil quality degradation and improve nutrient and water use efficiencies. In Mediterranean rainfed cropping systems, the agronomic management ...

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Uploaded On: 08/07/2020

There is a need for building up an area of peace and stability in the Mediterranean, reducing disparities, increasing opportunities for decent life and jobs for all, promoting dialogue and understanding for peaceful coexistence. The CROSSDEV project proposes a way to address these challenges through the exploitation of local culture and heritage to be turned into assets for socio-economic local development. CROSSDEV expects to increase tourism competitiveness and attractiveness of less known ...

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Uploaded On: 08/07/2020

The EU is to put €10 billion levied on Europe’s biggest polluters through its CO2 emissions trading scheme into an innovation fund to back commercialisation of clean energy projects. The first call, announced today, will award €1 billion to large scale market-ready projects in clean hydrogen, renewable energy, energy intensive industries, energy storage, and carbon capture, use and storage. Frans Timmermans, EU’s executive vice-president for the European Green Deal, said the call comes ...

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Uploaded On: 08/07/2020

Natural fibres from materials such as silk and crab shells could be used in medicine to replace synthetic materials like plastics to fix damaged human tissue. Under the EU-funded project REMIX, tissue-engineering researchers from Europe and Asia are developing the naturally derived materials’ unique traits for tissue repair to help patients overcome illnesses, as well as for use in medical prosthetics and as carriers for drugs. ‘We’re working on the design and use of artificial matrixes ...

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Uploaded On: 08/07/2020

The European Commission and Interact are marking the 30th anniversary of Interreg with an ebook to show off projects from every Interreg strand, including our very own iEER. Read about how Interreg is tackling climate change and contributing to a greener Europe. How Interreg encourages young people to find their way to work or study abroad and supports initiatives to learn their neighbours’ language or to volunteer in projects. Finally, see how Interreg facilitates everyone to commute ...

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Uploaded On: 07/07/2020

The Blue Bio 2020 Call is now open. The call is targeted to fund projects focusing on supply systems in the blue economy such as logistics and transportation – from harvesting to processing. Entities with an operating base in Malta are eligible to apply and participate in transnational R&I projects.  Eligible consortia shall need to have at least 3 partners from 3 different participating countries and at least one needs to come from industry. For more information please click here...

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Uploaded On: 07/07/2020

It is said that lightning never strikes the same place twice. But just one strike can be enough to cause substantial damage. Not only do lightning strikes kill up to 24 000 people every year, they’re also responsible for power outages, forest fires, and structural damage. When lightning strikes important infrastructure and sensitive sites like airports and rocket launch pads, the result can be billions of euros in damage. To mitigate this risk, the EU-funded LLR project has set out to do what...

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Uploaded On: 07/07/2020

Corrosion – whether rust on your car, on an aircraft or in the steel support of a bridge – is a serious, common and costly problem. Widely used metals such as magnesium and zinc alloys, galvanised steel or aluminium are typically covered with protective layers of paint, powder coating or chrome plating, but even a small scratch can become a magnet for corrosion that could weaken the material’s structural integrity if not promptly repaired. Researchers in the EU-funded MULTISURF project set...

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