Sorina Buzatu, Romania
Sorina Buzatu
Sorina Buzatu It was by chance that I became a science journalist. I was covering the field of education at the national Romanian news agency Agerpres. It was my first job after graduating from journalism school.
A low-energy formula for safeguarding food
A low-energy formula for safeguarding food Over recent decades, research on innovative food processing technologies has been carried out to identify ways to combat pathogens while reducing the need for chemical preservatives and improving the nutritional properties of the food at the same time.
Dressing the power lines to bring more renewables to the cities
Dressing the power lines to bring more renewables to the cities To date, European consumers pay more for energy from renewables than for energy from conventional resources. One of the reasons is still the immaturity of the technology used for harnessing and distributing renewable energy.
Adele Jones - children whose parents are in jail have rights too
Adele Jones - children whose parents are in jail have rights too The children of prisoners are one of the largest vulnerable groups of children in Europe. They carry the stigma of their parents’ deeds. And some of them are exposed to social exclusion.
How can we better care for the children of offenders?
How can we better care for the children of offenders? It is estimated that 800,000 children throughout the European Union have an imprisoned parent. The real number is not known, because in no country do prisons systematically record data about the children of offenders.
Organic by-product derived biochar, a greener option
Organic by-product derived biochar, a greener option Biochar and compost are of interest to agriculture. Particularly, when it comes to meet the goal of reducing mineral fertilisers and chemicals use.
A HIV vaccine preventing healthy cells’ infection
A HIV vaccine preventing healthy cells’ infection AIDS research has attempted many strategies to tackle the HIV virus infection. Now, a new type of vaccine developed within an EU-funded project, called EuroNeut-41 , is based on one of the envelope proteins of the HIV virus , called the gp41 protein.
Cleaning up behind the fashion industry
Cleaning up behind the fashion industry The European fashion industry is a huge consumer of fresh water. Estimates point to 600 million cubic meter of fresh water being consumed yearly in Europe by the textile and clothing industry ; not a negligible amount.
Saving the blue waters pouring into the Black Sea
Saving the blue waters pouring into the Black Sea The Black Sea is known for its severe environmental degradation. Some signs of recovery have been observed in the last years, albeit on a small scale . Scientists believe that it is still possible to limit the negative environmental impact.
Can enamels’ environmental impact truly be reduced?
Can enamels’ environmental impact truly be reduced? Enamel cookware is ubiquitous. The trouble is that enamels —like other vitreous substances, or frits, used in making porcelain or ceramic glazes— are produced through a process generating highly toxic chemicals .
Solving the climate change vulnerabilities jigsaw
Solving the climate change vulnerabilities jigsaw Climate change and socio-economic factors are interdependent . If agriculture intensifies in a particular region, that would have an impact on water sector, resulting from the irrigation use.
Biogas from animal waste in need of maturity
Biogas from animal waste in need of maturity Livestock produces a lot of waste. One solution is to turn such agricultural waste into biogas to generate energy .  It requires using so-called anaerobic digestion, which consists in breaking down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen.
A balancing act for carbon stock preservation
A balancing act for carbon stock preservation Forests and land ecosystems are the earth’s carbon reservoirs. They are key to limit the impact of greenhouse gases, as they fix those gases down.
Mona Elena Popa – Complexity is the food chain’s weakest link
Mona Elena Popa – Complexity is the food chain’s weakest link Mona Elena Popa, is Professor of industrial biotechnology at the  University of Agronomical Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest  in Romania. She talks to youris.
Lilliput forests, global certification
Lilliput forests, global certification The level of interest for the US standard Smart Logging , designed to ensure the sustainable use of the forests, has now been tested in Europe.
Gasping for oxygen
Gasping for oxygen In 2010, nearly two tons of fish was found dead due to lack of oxygen on the coastal line of the Romanian Black Sea.  Oxygen depletion , or hypoxia , occurring in the water is thought to be responsible.