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EU: Project Helps Growers Prepare for Challenges Posed by Climate Change

EU: Project Helps Growers Prepare for Challenges Posed by Climate Change | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The first phase of the Med-Gold project is approach­ing com­ple­tion and the results could rev­o­lu­tion­ize how olive grow­ers plan for the future.
The four-year project funded by the European Union seeks to pro­vide olive, grape and wheat grow­ers with infor­ma­tion that can be used to develop short, inter­me­di­ate and long-term strate­gies to com­bat cli­mate change and pests.

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SPAIN Seeks New Technology for Olive Oil Quality Testing

SPAIN Seeks New Technology for Olive Oil Quality Testing | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

An innovative project in the area of olive oil testing and quality rating has been launched in Spain.

The collaborative effort between several important industry bodies aims to find a technological instrument that complements or replaces the current panel test.

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Genetic Tweak to Photosynthesis Could Improve Crop Yields

Genetic Tweak to Photosynthesis Could Improve Crop Yields | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Scientists from the United States Department of Agriculture and the University of Illinois, Urbana have created a genetic “hack” to increase the effectiveness of photosynthesis and boost crop yields by up to 40 percent.
- Dr Paul South, member of the U.S. Agricultural Research Service
The study was done using tobacco plants, but the scientists said that similar techniques could be used in C4 photosynthetic plants. Tobacco is actually a C3 plant, but it photosynthesizes like a C4 plant. Olive trees are C4 plants.

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EU allocates €220 million to EU-Mediterranean partnership for food and water projects | EU Neighbours

EU allocates €220 million to EU-Mediterranean partnership for food and water projects | EU Neighbours | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The EU will help to develop water provision and agro-food projects in the Mediterranean region under a new Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA). The EU's participation will include a contribution of €220 million from its Framework Programme for research and innovation, the "Horizon 2020" Programme.

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SYRIA: Safaa Kumari: Nurturing seeds of hope

SYRIA: Safaa Kumari: Nurturing seeds of hope | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The BBC has recognized the work of a Syrian plant virologist, whose research is saving the fava bean from a deadly virus.

Syrian plant virologist, Safaa Kumari, has spent a career saving essential dryland crops from deadly viruses. Now, her work on finding virus-resistant plant varieties and safeguarding important seeds has been recognised by the BBC’s 100 Women 2020 award.

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ITALY: New Insights Into the World’s Oldest Bottle of Olive Oil

ITALY: New Insights Into the World’s Oldest Bottle of Olive Oil | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

After a series of studies, researchers were able to confirm the content of a bottle found at an archaeological site near Mount Vesuvius was indeed olive oil. The discovery sheds light on the oil's molecular evolution over time.

 
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New impetus to regional cooperation in research and innovation in the Mediterranean - EU Neighbours

New impetus to regional cooperation in research and innovation in the Mediterranean - EU Neighbours | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Ministers from the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) have stressed the need to step up cooperation on research and innovation. Meeeting in Malta on 4 May, Research Ministers highlighted the importance of research and innovation in addressing the root causes of migration and promoting jobs and growth in the Mediterranean. The Ministerial Conference on “Strengthening Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation through Research and Innovation” was held in Valetta under the auspices of the Maltese Presidency of the European Union. Ministers emphasised the key role that research and innovation play in developing and understanding the root causes of migration. They encouraged a region-wide coordinated approach to increase researchers’ and students’ mobility and establish common platforms for data collection and analysis, while making the best possible use of existing tools.

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