An EU-funded project is using slime mould to produce accessible sensing devices with a wide range of applications, including environmental monitoring and health – helping European industry become more competitive in the growing biosensor device market. The devices can also be used for citizen science applications.
Following controversies surrounding the authorisation and renewal of certain sensitive products, such as active substances in plant protection products (glyphosate, neonicotinoids) and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the European Commission proposed to revise the transparency rules in these policy areas. The European Parliament is expected to vote during its December plenary session on the report of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee, and on a mandate to start interinstitutional negotiations.
A new administrative guidance provides applicants and Member States with instructions on preparing and submitting dossiers and assessment reports for the peer review of pesticides.