Mare Nostrum: BlueMed draws up a strategic agenda for the blue economy

Press note 20/02/2021

During the final conference of the EU project, coordinated by the Cnr, the priorities of the Agenda discussed by all 22 states bordering the Mediterranean will be presented. The project has worked for four years to define the priorities for the protection and sustainable economy of the basin. Focus on pollution, fishing and global warming. During the meeting, streamed from 22 to 24 February, the results of Snapshot, a Cnr project that quantified the effects of lockdowns on marine and coastal ecosystems in Italy, will also be presented

The Italian portal dedicated to Covid-19 goes online

Press note 15/02/2021

The Italian Covid Data Portal aims to display the scientific data produced nationally on Covid-19 and Sars-Cov-2 and promote their open sharing. Developed by Elixir-it, the Italian node of the European bioinformatics and biological data infrastructure coordinated by the National Research Council, it aims to foster broader collaboration among researchers. The portal represents the Italian branch of the portal established at the European Commission’s invitation by the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) and other partners

Pandemics: Coronavirus and beyond

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A pandemic is a natural catastrophic event, a gigantic, prolonged "earthquake": unpredictable, but with the certainty that sooner or later it will happen, yielding devastating health and socio-economic effects. What we are learning from the Covid-19 "earthquake"? The website promoted by the Department of Biomedical Sciences of the National Research Council of Italy (Cnr-Dsb) is facing some big questions about the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

Primates Economics

Press release 25/01/2021

A theme issue of Philosophical Transactions, compiled and edited by Elsa Addessi (Institute of cognitive sciences and technologies, Cnr-Istc), Sacha Bourgeois-Gironde (Institute Jean Nicod- Ecole Normale Superieure de Paris) and Thomas Boraud (UniversitĂ© de Bordeaux), collects some of the most recent studies on the economic behaviors of non-human primates, our closest relatives, highlighting the cognitive mechanisms underlying human decision making

When ice disappeared from the Northern Atlantic

Press release 21/12/2020

The Institute for Polar Studies of the National Research Council of Italy and the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice have participated in a study which shows that during the last Ice Age in the Northern Atlantic, the decrease in sea ice took place over a span of 250 years, at the same time of a number of events that caused a rapid increase in temperatures. The results have been published in Pnas

European Jellyfish. New perspectives on marine food resources

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This new book edited by Cnr edizioni is the outcome of scientific results, analyses and studies on some Mediterranean jellyfish species carried out at the Institute of Sciences of Food Production of the Italian National Research Council, combined with the spontaneous, creative and passionate interest of some Italian and international professional chefs to experiment jellyfish as a possible new food resource

Decomposing fecundity and evaluating demographic influence of multiple broods in a migratory bird

News 26/01/2021

A new paper in the Journal of Animal Ecology led by Simone Tenan, research scientist at the Cnr Institute of marine sciences (Cnr-Ismar), in collaboration with the Swiss Ornithological Institute and the Museum Heineanum (Germany), provides insight into the reproductive processes of a migratory bird and its impact on population dynamics

Natural recolonization of large carnivores in Europe is associated with land use change and human abandonment of rural areas

News 18/01/2021

Wolves, lynxes and brown bears are among the most charismatic carnivore species in Europe, and they seem to be making a comeback after almost becoming extinct at the end of the past century. Recent land cover and human population changes in Europe have altered the potential distribution of large carnivores in Europe, facilitating their gradual recolonization of their historical range over the last few decades. Surprisingly, the increasing protection in Europe did not play a significant role in their expansion. This is the conclusion of a study published in the journal Diversity and Distributions, conducted by a multi-national team including 11 European countries

The hazardous waste management during Covid-19: a series of focused webinars organized by Cnr-Scitec

News 12/01/2021

The current worldwide health emergency forced the government institutions to pay a special attention to the most recent methods for a correct identification, handling, management and disposal of hazardous waste materials generated in production sites potentially affected by the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen. Italian experts from Cnr-Scitec are presenting a webinar training course titled “Hazardous waste management during Covid-19 health emergency” to professionals and scientists from governmental institutions and national agencies 

Exploiting nano-disorder for screening and monitoring of diabetes mellitus

Press release 17/12/2020

An international team of researchers at the Institute for microelectronics and microsystem of the National Research Council of Italy (Cnr-Imm, Rome) and at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA) has developed an highly sensitive and label-free sensor for the detection of glycated albumin (GA), a novel robust molecular biomarker for screening and monitoring of diabetes mellitus, by leveraging the diagnostic potential of silver-coated silicon nanowires with a disordered arrangement

Accurate theoretical modeling unravels profound changes in molecules that interact with quantum light

News 07/12/2020

An international team of researchers - for Italy, of Scuola Normale Superiore (Sns) and Istituto per i Processi Chimico-Fisici of Cnr (Ipcf-Cnr) in Pisa - has demonstrated that properties of molecules undergo large changes when interacting with quantized electromagnetic fields in optical cavities. The work has now been published in Physical Review X

Maddox Prize 2020: a mention for Donato Boscia (Cnr-Ipsp)

Press review 15/12/2020

Donato Boscia, head of the Bari unit of the Cnr Institute for sustainable plant protection (Ipsp), received a special mention within the 2020 John Maddox Prize for continuing to identify and explain the Xylella fastifiosa outbreak decimating the olive industry in Italy despite facing lawsuits and a smear campaign. The Maddox Prize -a joint initiative of the charity Sense about Science and the scientific journal Nature- is awarded every year for standing up for sound science in public: recipients of the 2020 edition are Anthony Fauci and Salim S. Abdool Karim, key government health advisors for the United States of America and South Africa for their work during the coronavirus pandemic

Cnr-Spin and Covid-19

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The Cnr-Spin Institute launched a website aimed at understanding the current pandemic and providing support to scientists, policy makers and society at its large, by comparing and interpreting publicly available data with an original approach

From society to research

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Foresight is a interdepartmental project of the National Research Council of Italy, aimed at elaborating coherent research strategies and addressing socially relevant problems related to environment, health, food, enery, security and transportation


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Cnr-Isa is amongst the research partners of 'Stance4Health', a project funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 with tha aim of developing a complete Smart Personalized Nutrition (SPN) service based on the use of mobile technologies as well as tailored food production that will optimize the gut microbiota activity and long-term consumer engagement

Technology transfer office

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Technology transfer represents the Cnr’s second mission, after the scientific research. Cnr-TTO is responsible for all the activities related to TT, namely protection of research results, IPR management and exploitation, promotion and support for spin-off creation, marketing and promotion of research results