Traces of animals’ DNA in the environment, known as environmental DNA (eDNA), can be monitored to paint a picture of biodiversity, new research shows. This study used eDNA to assess biodiversity in an entire river catchment in Switzerland. Importantly, the eDNA technique allowed the researchers to detect both aquatic and land-based species in river water, making it possible to assess biodiversity over a broad scale.
Combinations of antibiotics used in veterinary medicine could harm the growth of algal communities when they pass into water bodies from treated livestock, according to recent European research. Algae play vital roles in ecosystems by cycling nutrients and producing energy from photosynthesis; veterinary use of antibiotics should, therefore, be monitored in the environment, including for any biological impacts on algal species, the study recommends.
Recycled waste material could play a major role in the construction of roads in Europe, bringing both environmental and economic benefits. A new study proposes a scenario where 50% of the asphalt for Europe’s roads consists of recycled materials, leading to significant reductions in costs, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
Oilseed rape genes transfer from inside to outside of crop fields: study could aid GM risk assessment
This study is one of few to assess the genetic diversity of crops in an agroecosystem over several years. Researchers analysed the genetic makeup of oilseed rape plants within and outside crop fields over four years. They found similarity between cultivars of field plants in one year and those of feral plants (unplanted) in the following year. They also found persistence of the cultivars within the feral plants, which suggests that feral populations with genetically modified (GM) traits might result from persistent GM traits within field seed banks. The researchers say their findings could aid impact assessments of GM crops.
Speech by Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete at the 4th EU Energy Summit: International geopolitical uncertainties: brakes or accelerators for the EU energy transition?
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Speech Brussels, 12 April 2018 I am very pleased to be here today to open this 4th edition of the annual EU Energy Summit together with President Buzek and Minister Stankov. We do live in very interesting times.
Speeches at the press conference on the launch of VentureEU, the Pan-European Venture Capital Funds-of-Funds programme
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Brussels, 10 April 2018 Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen. We are working very hard in the Commission and in the EIB family to improve the investment climate and business environment in the whole of Europe, which is the...
European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 10 April 2018 Frequently asked questions What is the issue with venture capital in the EU? Europe boasts a wealth of talent, world-class researchers and skilled entrepreneurs but many new firms do not make it beyond the critical first few years because they cannot...
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 10 April 2018 The European Commission and the European Investment Fund (EIF) have launched a Pan-European Venture Capital Funds-of-Funds programme (VentureEU) to boost investment in innovative start-up and scale-up companies across Europe.