The European Commission proposed on May 20th, an exceptional measure funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) to allow Member States to pay a one-off lump sum to farmers and agri-food businesses affected by significant increases in input costs. The exceptional proposal follows the €500 million support package for EU farmers.
The Teagasc Nutrient Management Planning (NMP) Online tool was created in 2016. It is a digital platform available to agri-professionals who work with farmers to optimise soil fertility. Combining the advisor’s expert knowledge with data from the online platform, this tool allows to create detailed and individualised nutrient management plans to optimise fertilisation and bring soils up to optimum fertility.
A new high-protein microalgae strain developed by researchers has now been scaled up by Portuguese microalgae producer Allmicroalgae Natural Products as part of the EU-funded ProFuture project. The new Chlorella strain could be used to make vegan food products that not only are more nutritional but also taste better.
The European Commission has approved an up to €10 billion Spanish scheme (“National Guarantee Scheme”) to support self-employed and companies across sectors in the context of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission on 23 March 2022.
Conventional domestic wastewater treatment is based on an obsolete ‘end of pipe’ concept. Different streams of wastewater are mixed and transported through several kilometres of sewerage to a centralised wastewater treatment plant.
Does a bee’s gut influence its sociability? Can a plant deter pests and attract pollinators at the same time? And with bee populations under threat, can artificial intelligence keep colonies safe? The EU estimates pollinators such as honeybees contribute at least EUR 22 billion each year to the European agricultural industry. They are so important that the United Nations has designated the 20th of May as World Bee Day, so this episode of CORDIScovery looks at bees!
For the first time, a research team has succeeded in collecting stem cells from livestock and growing them under chemically defined conditions. Supported in part by the EU-funded PLASTINET project, the research is laying the foundations for cultured meat production and the breeding of enhanced livestock.
The European Commission has approved a €169 million Spanish scheme to support the milk producers sector in the context of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The aid will take the form of direct grants. The measure will be open to the producers of cow's, sheep's and goat's milk active in Spain affected by the price increase of electricity, animal feed and fuel caused by the current geopolitical crisis and the related sanctions.
The European Commission plans to ban the sale of agricultural products made in deforested and degraded land. The initial list of targeted foodstuffs covers soy, beef, palm oil, cocoa and coffee, as well as wood. The move, designed in line with the European Green Deal, is an attempt to ensure forests around the world remain intact and continue to absorb carbon dioxide as they grow.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and family-owned group Florimond Desprez have announced, with the European Commission's support, the signing of a €40 million finance agreement. This loan will be used to fund research, development and innovation activities focusing on breeding new crop varieties capable of coping with changes in agro-climatic conditions.
Turning viruses into biocontrol agents to combat the bacteria, fungi and insects that attack crops could reduce our dependence on chemicals and open the door to next generation pesticides. The aim of the VIROPLANT project therefore was to examine the potential of new biocontrol agents based on viruses that attack bacteria, fungi and insect pests.