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Increased support for EU farmers through rural development funds

Increased support for EU farmers through rural development funds

Friday, 3 de June de 2022

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. 

Digital tool to building up a picture of soil fertility

Digital tool to building up a picture of soil fertility

Friday, 3 de June de 2022

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.

Green fertilisers from domestic sewage

Green fertilisers from domestic sewage

Thursday, 2 de June de 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.

How is plastic recycled?

How is plastic recycled?

Monday, 23 de May de 2022

Glass can be melted, paper can be mulched. But what happens to your plastic waste after the recycling bin is collected? Our expert Barbara Morico from NextChem in Italy explains.

Bees  from evolution to artificial intelligence

Bees from evolution to artificial intelligence

Thursday, 19 de May de 2022

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!

Study points the way to food made from livestock stem cells

Study points the way to food made from livestock stem cells

Tuesday, 17 de May de 2022

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.

Commission approves 169 million Spanish scheme to support milk producers in context of Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Commission approves 169 million Spanish scheme to support milk producers in context of Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Wednesday, 4 de May de 2022

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.

How the EU plans to ban products linked to deforestation

How the EU plans to ban products linked to deforestation

Monday, 2 de May de 2022

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.

EIB and Florimond Desprez sign 40 million loan agreement to finance research into new climate change

EIB and Florimond Desprez sign 40 million loan agreement to finance research into new climate change

Monday, 2 de May de 2022

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. 

Applying viruses to limit crop disease

Applying viruses to limit crop disease

Monday, 2 de May de 2022

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.