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Look on the Berlin's Müggelsee which is one of the best-known shallow lakes in Germany Berlin's Müggelsee is one of the best-known shallow lakes in Germany Photo: michaelstephan-AdobeStock_82064301

Limnology paradigm questioned

A study by the UFZ and Aarhus University gives a reality check to accepted theory on the ecology of shallow lakes

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Melting glaciers are going to affect food security

The glaciers of the Himalayas and Alps are melting, and this has consequences for the agriculture of the future. One third of all rice is grown around the Himalayas, and countries depend on meltwater to grow this water-consuming crop. Europe is also...

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Can we manage sustainable agricultural water use at a global level?

Farmers use a lot of water to produce crops. In arid areas, this is causing a drop in groundwater levels, which has an impact on the natural environment. Hydrologist Inge de Graaf is working out how farmers could use groundwater more sustainably.

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Multi-species grassland Multi-species grassland has been shown to provide nutritional food to livestock and support biodiversity and carbon storage in the soil.

Creating resilient grasslands of the future

New research will support the potential for grasslands that are more resilient to climate extremes, hold carbon, provide pollen and support biodiversity while requiring less intensive agricultural methods.

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Why seagrass needs space

Seagrass: green leaves swaying in the currents. Fish weave their way through, and sea turtles graze. They’re always on their guard, watching out for any encroaching sharks. The seagrass’ roots are hidden in the seabed, where they anchor the sand,...

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A staggering 61% of EU soils are in an unhealthy state, according to the EUSO soil health dashboard based on the evidence currently available. © Юрий Дровнин,

A new tool maps the state of soil health across Europe

A novel soil health dashboard within the EU Soil Observatory highlights the location and estimates the extent of unhealthy soils in the EU, as well as the degradation processes behind them.

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AI and remote sensing: a potent combination for the conservation of tropical forests

The One Forest Summit took place in Libreville, Gabon on March 1st and 2nd. INRAE coordinated a scientific workshop, which resulted in the One Forest Vision’s high-level launch during the Summit. The initiative will provide information on key...

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JRC work on COVID-19 helps monitor the disease around the globe

SARS-CoV-2 is a constantly changing virus. This undermines the detection of the virus and the fight against the pandemic. We take stock of how JRC work has been contributing to global efforts to trace the virus, both in clinical swabs and wastewater....

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The three phases of exceptional dynamics: (1) Predation on the unprotected bacteria by predators, (2) toxin formation as cooperative defence and recovery of the bacterial population, (3) filament formation as individual defence through evolution and stabilisation of densities. Photo: David Kneis/TU Dresden

In the end, it´s the individual advantage that counts

Bacteria rely on cooperation and evolution in order to defend themselves against predatory protists

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Bioeconomy: EU is moving towards its goals, but environmental challenges persist

A new assessment of the EU bioeconomy shows that while resource efficiency is improving, there’s a growing pressure on ecosystems from forestry and agriculture.

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