Buzzing insights: tracking bees with robotic flowers and hive sensors

EU researchers are turning to the world’s top pollinator in an attempt to reverse biodiversity loss and help fruit growers. By  Anthony King Think of wildlife tracking and what probably comes to mind are documentaries following the majestic movements of elephants through the savannah, the graceful migrations of sea turtles in the deep blue and … Read more

Flood warnings for Africa advance with EU expertise

Satellites and on-the-ground sensors are helping Kenya, Ghana and Zambia tackle inundation risks and farmers cope with drought. By  Anthony King Like most people, Mark Noort reacted with horror to images last month of devastating floods in Libya. Unlike most others, Noort had a professional reason to follow the drama. An expert in Earth observation … Read more

From womb to tomb: tackling diseases by knowing the surrounding influences

Researchers are examining the range of environmental effects on people’s health over their whole lives. By  Jack McGovan Three decades ago, Professor Martine Vrijheid was investigating the prevalence of birth defects near hazardous waste sites across Europe as part of her PhD work. She found that there was indeed an increased risk close to dumps. … Read more

The green shoots of urban agriculture

City farming and food sharing are blossoming in Europe with the help of local traditions and EU research. By  Anthony King Picture the following scene in the Netherlands: kids roll dice and move grandmother around a board to collect the ingredients she needs for a meal. This is a boardgame proving popular with young children … Read more