New bio packaging for foodNew bio packaging for food

Nowadays most of food packaging is derived from petrochemicals and not always biodegradable. Moreover, consumers often find that there is more packaging than content.

December 2014
That’s a bioplastic wrapThat’s a bioplastic wrap

Bioplastics take on traditional petrochemical plastics in food packaging, with some challenges.

December 2014
Microbes clean up the oceansMicrobes clean up the oceans

Oil spills and plastic waste are polluting our oceans – destroying marine life and contaminating beaches. Now scientists are exploring how they can get microbes to degrade these substances more effectively and thus reduce the pollution in the sea.

September 2014
Ridding the sea and land from toxic plastics fragmentsRidding the sea and land from toxic plastics fragments

New ways identified to tackle the presence of small fragments of plastics in the environment, to prevent toxic chemicals absorbed into them from entering the food chain

September 2014
Speeding up nature’s oil spill cleanersSpeeding up nature’s oil spill cleaners

Bacteria in the sea slowly break up oil naturally. But artificially providing them with thriving growth conditions could accelerate oil spill mop-ups. 

September 2014
Microbes – The New Bioplastic FactoriesMicrobes – The New Bioplastic Factories

European scientists are experimenting with bacteria and algae and turn them into bioplastic factories. Their vision: these microorganisms should produce a large portion of our plastic materials without any petroleum.

July 2014
When your water is contaminatedWhen your water is contaminated

Every year 300.000 Europeans are falling ill because of contaminated drinking water. A new high-speed test is being developed to identify the contamination of drinking water much faster than today and thus reduce the number of victims considerably.

March 2014
When urban waste become bioplasticsWhen urban waste become bioplastics

Bacteria may be the key to produce useful bioplastics from the gasification of urban waste

March 2014
Quick ID for water pathogensQuick ID for water pathogens

New research purports to help people stay healthy by developing a real-time water bug testing that could precisely identify the culprits responsible for waterborne disease

October 2013
Nanodiamonds: a cancer patient’s best friend?Nanodiamonds: a cancer patient’s best friend?

Real-time monitoring of cancer cell processes could soon be possible thanks to nanometric scale diamonds used as biosensors

October 2013
Tweaking Mother Nature’s chemistry boxTweaking Mother Nature’s chemistry box

Scientists attempt to reengineering enzymes to introduce the methods of nature into industrial chemistry

September 2013
Next generation cures born from the seaNext generation cures born from the sea

Tackling the risks of infection and other illnesses remains a challenge. Might the solution come from the sea?

September 2013
Sustainably exploiting the sea’s treasure troveSustainably exploiting the sea’s treasure trove

Researchers are looking at environmentally friendly ways of extracting valuable bioactive molecules from marine-based organisms.

July 2013
Biogas from animal waste in need of maturityBiogas from animal waste in need of maturity

Biogas-based energy could solve both the environmental concern of agricultural waste and reduce dependency of fossil fuels, particularly in Eastern Europe, albeit at a steep production cost

May 2013
Brian Wynne: GMOs acceptance hinges on proven benefitsBrian Wynne: GMOs acceptance hinges on proven benefits

Acceptance of genetically modified organisms is a complex issue linked to public perception of their potential benefits.

January 2013
Biomass bonanza as plastics’ raw materialsBiomass bonanza as plastics’ raw materials

How European scientists are a preparing for a change from a fossil-fuel to a bio-based economy.

February 2013
What’s on and what's next on the genome mapping forefront?What’s on and what's next on the genome mapping forefront?

Fruits’ and vegetables’ genome maps accelerate the work of connecting agricultural important traits with genes. This may lead to reduced fertilizer use, increased crop disease resistance and higher agricultural yields. New technologies promise cheaper and faster genome map production

December 2010
The Secret of Eve´s Apple is LiftedThe Secret of Eve´s Apple is Lifted

After three years of research the apple genome has been identified in an international effort. This knowledge will eventually lead to new varieties of apples which are healthier, tastier and faster growing, and which are resistant to fungal or bacterial pathogens

September 2010
The apple’s genome map guides cultivation towards sustainabilityThe apple’s genome map guides cultivation towards sustainability

The recently published apple genome sequence and map have attracted the world’s attention to the research led by the Italian-based Edmund Mach Foundation (FEM). The results reveal the domestic apple’s history as well as help breeders striving for sustainable cultivation

September 2010