The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) committee of Senior Officials has approved the funding of 45 new COST actions on 24 March 2020. They are expected to start in the late Summer and Autumn of 2020. All scientists are welcomed to participate through the management committee or getting involved in a working group of a COST Action.

COST actions potentially relevant for EPSO members are e.g.:

  • CA19110: Plasma applications for smart and sustainable agriculture

The main aim of this COST Action is to investigate the potential of low temperature plasmas (cold plasmas), as a green alternative to conventional chemicals in agriculture to improve yields, increase size and robustness of plants and to reduce (or eliminate) the need for antifungal agents.

  • CA19116: Trace metal metabolism in plants

For environmental risk assessment and remediation, as well as improved agriculture (targeted fertilisation  and  breeding),  the  mechanisms  of  TM  uptake,  distribution,  speciation, physiological  use,  deficiency,  toxicity  and  detoxification  need  to  be  better  understood. PLANTMETALS  aims  at  elucidating  them  by  the  combined  expertise of  researchers (physiologists,  (bio)physicists,  (bio)(geo)chemists,  molecular geneticists,  ecologists, agronomists and soil scientists). It furthermore aims at making this knowledge applicable to the needs of farmers and consumers, with input from companies for translating laboratory results into applied products.

  • CA19125: EPIgenetic mechanisms of Crop Adaptation To Climate change

EPIgenetic mechanisms of Crop Adaptation to Climate changeSUMMARY. The ultimate objective of this proposed COST action is to define, develop, generate and share new breaking knowledge and methodology for the investigation of epigenetic mechanisms modulating plant adaptation to environmental stresses driven by climate change. No international network has been still created with the aim of standardizing methodology in plant epigenetics/epigenomics and better integrate these data with other “omic” approaches. EPI-CATCH will create a pan-European framework for networking in this under-investigated research field.

  • CA19128: Pan-European Network for Climate Adaptive Forest Restoration and Reforestation

Thus there is an urgent need to broaden the experience on climate adaptive forest restoration and reforestation (CAFoRR). Underlying these urgent need, the developing bioeconomy will sharply increase the demand for  forest  products.  The  PEN-CAFoRR  network  of  experts  from  Europe  and  beyond  will respond  to  these  challenges  by  addressing  the  entire  cycle  of  forest  restoration  and reforestation in different ecosystems, by broadening the dissemination of knowledge, and by facilitating  an  increased  scale  of  planning  and  implementation of  CAFoRR  programs.

Source : EU Research, 20.05.2020 and COST,25.03.2020