Publications

In this section you can find an overview of all COST funded publications edited by COST Actions or the COST Association. Please note that COST does not commercialise its publications. If the box "Copies Available" appears, extra copies are available from the COST Association . If not, please contact the Action's Chair, whose details can be found via the 'Actions' section of our website.


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2017 | Action Number: IS1104

The Economy as a Complex Spatial System: Macro, Meso and Micro perspectives

This collected volume represents the final outcome of the COST Action IS1104 “The EU in the new complex geography of economic systems: models, tools and policy evaluation”.

Visualizing the EU as a complex and multi-layered network, the book is organized in three parts, each of them dealing with a different level of analysis: At the macro-level, Part I considers the interactions within large economic systems (regions or countries) involving trade, workers migration, and other factor movements. At the meso-level, Part II discusses interactions within specific but wide-ranging markets, with a focus on financial markets and banking systems. Lastly, at the micro-level, Part III explores the decision-making of single firms, especially in the context of location decisions.

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2017 | Action Number: MP1201

Superconductors at the Nanoscale From Basic Research to Applications

By covering theory, design, and fabrication of nanostructured superconducting materials, this monograph is an invaluable resource for research and development. Examples are energy saving solutions, healthcare, and communication technologies. Key ingredients are nanopatterned materials which help to improve the superconducting critical parameters and performance of superconducting devices, and lead to novel functionalities.


2017 | Action Number: FP1106

Studying Tree Responses to extreme Events

Trees are among the longest-living organisms. They are sensitive to extreme climatic events and document the effects of environmental changes in form of structural modifications of their tissues. These modifications represent an integrated signal of complex biological responses enforced by the environment. For example, temporal change in stem increment integrates multiple information of tree performance, and wood anatomical traits may be altered by climatic extremes or environmental stress. Recent developments in preparative tools and computational image analysis enable to quantify changes in wood anatomical features, like vessel density or vessel size. Thus, impacts on their functioning can be related to climatic forcing factors.

COST Action STREeSS (Studying Tree Responses to extreme Events: a SynthesiS) addresses such crucial tree biological and forest ecological issues by providing a collection of important methodological and scientific insights, about the current state of knowledge, and by opinions for future research needs.

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2017 | Action Number: IS1102

Social Services Disrupted - Changes, Challenges and Policy Implications for Europe in Times of Austerity

This book revives the discussion on public social services and their redesign, with a focus on services relating to care and the social inclusion of vulnerable groups, providing rich information on the changes that occurred in the organisation and supply of public social services over the last thirty years in different European places and service fields. Despite the persisting variety in social service models, three shared trends emerge: public sector disengagement, ‘vertical re-scaling’ of authority and ‘horizontal re-mix’ in the supply system. The consequences of such changes are evaluated from different perspectives – governance, social and territorial cohesion, labour market, gender – and are eventually deemed ‘disruptive’ in both economic and social terms. The policy implications of the restructuring are also explored.

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2017 | Action Number: BM1101

Unmet needs in dystonia

This Research Topic contains proceedings of the final conference for COST Action BM1101 “Network of dystonia syndromes”. The topic highlights consolidated knowledge and unmet needs in a field that is evolving very fast.

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2017 | Action Number: FA1204

Vegetable Grafting: Principles and Practices

This book provides comprehensive, current scientific and applied practical knowledge on vegetable grafting, a method gaining considerable interest that is used to protect crops from soil-borne diseases, abiotic stress and to enhance growth/yield. Though the benefits of using grafted transplants are now fully recognized worldwide, understanding the rootstock-scion interactions under variable environmental pressures remains vital for grafting-mediated crop improvement. In this book, the authors attend to this need and explain the reasons for, and methods and applications of, grafting.


2017 | Action Number: FA1104

Cherries: Botany, Production and Uses

Sweet and sour cherries (Prunus avium and Prunus cerasus) are important fruit crops for which demand is high and growing. A significant number of new varieties, rootstocks and training systems have been released or developed in recent years in order to improve the efficiency and profitability of cherry orchards.
Cherries: Botany, Production and Uses covers the genetics, ecophysiology, production, protection and uses of cherries. Presenting up-to-date scientific data and applied information, this book is invaluable for researchers, teachers and all professionals working in the cherries value chain.


2017 | Action Number: FP1402

Proceedings of the Conference of COST Action FP1402 Graz University of Technology, Institute of Timber Engineering and Wood Technology Graz, Austria, 13.09.2017

The objective of the joint conference was to record the current state-of-the-art for connections in timber engineering, and to illustrate how new developments will be adopted in the next generation of Timber Design Standards (e.g. Eurocode 5:2022). It was an opportunity to hear presentations from some of the world’s leading experts and to join discussions on the design, application and performance of Connections in Timber Engineering. There were presentations on current performance indicators, (e.g. strength, stiffness and ductile vs. brittle failure modes), as well as applications of connections in cross-laminated timber and timber-concrete composite structures. The Conference will also include presentations on current developments of design rules (e.g. for brittle failure modes, reinforcement and seismic design) and give an outlook on the potential of numerical modelling and probabilistic methods for future design of efficient and reliable connections.

COST Action FP1402 and The University of Graz brought together researchers and practitioners from around the world to increase understanding of current and future timber connection research and to discuss applications.

COST Action FP1402 website  

COST Action FP1404 website

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2017 | Action Number: FP1202

Patterns of genetic diversity in European beech at the eastern margins of its distribution range

Populations located at the periphery of the species’ distribution range may play an important role in the context of climate change. These peripheral populations may contain specific adaptations as a result of extreme environmental conditions. The aim of this paper was to assess within population genetic diversity and among population differentiation in one of the most important forest tree species in Europe, European beech (Fagus sylvatica), at the eastern margins of its natural range. We analysed four peripheral, isolated populations and five core populations from the continuous natural range along the Carpathian Mountains using a set of microsatellite markers. Higher levels of genetic diversity as measured by allelic richness (7.34 vs. 6.50) and observed heterozygosity (0.71 vs. 0.59) were detected in core populations than in peripheral ones. Population differentiation was slightly higher among peripheral populations than among core, Carpathian populations. There was strong evidence of bottleneck effects in two out of the four peripheral, isolated populations. Both core, Carpathian populations and peripheral, lowlands populations share the same chloroplast haplotype suggesting a common geographical origin from the putative Moravian refuge area. Past long distance founding events with material from the Carpathian mountain chain might explain the occurrence of small, isolated beech populations towards the steppe in the south-east of Romania. Our genetic data may contribute to a better understanding of the evolutionary history of the remnants of beech scattered occurrences at the eastern margins of species’ distribution range.

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2017 | Action Number: IS1203

The Twentieth Century in European Memory - Transcultural Mediation and Reception

This volume is the final outcome of the research network In Search of Trans- cultural Memory in Europe (istme) which ran from 2012 to 2016. Funded by the eu cost (Cooperation in Science and Technology) programme, the network was able to bring together scholars from 33 European countries and a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. The goal of the network was to go beyond what we saw as tendencies within memory studies to be too nationally orientated and to reify the bonds between culture, nation and memory. The ambition was to investigate transcultural dynamics of memory in Europe with special attention paid to memories of the troubled twentieth century, and how they have been transmitted and received across the continent. Moreover, the network aimed to develop European memory studies theoretically and methodologically by focusing on transculturality and reception. It is why this volume is centred on these issues. 


Cyanocost

2017 | Action Number: ES1105

Cyanobacterial blooms and toxins in water resources: Occurrence, impacts and management - Advances in `oceanography and Limnology

This themed issue sums up the efforts of COST network  CYANOCOST - Cyanobacterial blooms and toxins in water resources: Occurrence, impacts and management , running from 2012 to 2016.

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2017 | Action Number: FP1401

Field guide for the identification of damage on woody sentinel plants.

Invasive alien invertebrate pests and microbial diseases of woody plants cause serious damage to the economy and the environment, but most of these pests were unknown prior to their introduction. Sentinel plants are a new tool to identify pests in the country of origin, which may inform pest risk analysis and allow development of measures to mitigate the risk of introduction.

Because many of the pests are unknown and in many cases damage, rather than the causal agents may be visible, people monitoring trees need to identify the type of agent that may have caused the damage they observe. A guide for the tentative identification of likely causal agents of damage to trees, co-edited and written by scientists from CABI Switzerland, was recently published.

The guide is intended for use in sentinel plantings, where agents often may not be known. Hence, in contrast to many existing field guides about tree pests, this is not a book to put a specific name on the agent. Also, the typical user is not expected to have the technical background to identify a wide range of pests.

The book explains how to take and preserve samples and how to proceed to obtain a more definitive identification of the pests. The readership is expected to be plant health professionals, including inspectors of plant protection organisations, foresters and nursery managers. In addition, it may be used as training material for plant health professionals and students of forest entomology and pathology.

A team of 42 scientists from 24 countries worked together to produce the guide, which is an output of COST Action FP1401 - A global network of nurseries as early warning system against alien tree pests (Global Warning). The guide:

  • Aids the identification of the type of agent that may have caused observed damage, including pathogens, invertebrates and abiotic factors.
  • Explains how to take and preserve samples and how to proceed to obtain a more definitive identification of pests.
  • Includes a general damage chapter in addition to specific chapters on damage to leaves, buds and shoots, roots, trunk, and flowers, fruits and seeds.
  • Contains 800 full colour, high quality photographs to aid analysis.

The book is available as an open-access publication for download from the CABI bookshop 

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2017 | Action Number: MP1106

Laser Optofluidics in Fighting Multiple Drug Resistance

This publication relates to COST Action  MP1106  Smart and green interfaces - from single bubbles and drops to industrial, environmental and biomedical applications 

This monograph is a collection of reviews that presents results obtained from new and somewhat unconventional methods used to fight multiple drug resistance (MDR) acquired by microorganisms and tumours. Two directions are considered: (i) the modification of non-antibiotic medicines by exposure to un-coherent, or laser optical radiation to obtain photoproducts that receive bactericidal or, possibly, tumouricidal properties and (ii) the development of new vectors (micrometric droplets of solutions containing medicinal agents) to transport medicines to targets based on optical and micro spectroscopic methods.

Chapters shed light on pendant droplets used for antibiotic drug delivery, the science of lasers and their interactions with fluids in pendant droplets and spectroscopic analyses of droplets used to treat MDR infections. It therefore equips researchers and medical professionals with information about tools that enable them to respond to medical emergencies in challenging environments.

The intended readership for this monograph includes graduate students, medical doctors, fluid physicists, biologists, photochemists, and experts in drug delivery methods employed in extreme conditions (such as those found in outer space and hypergravity conditions) who are learning about using techniques such as laser spectroscopy, biophotonics and optofluidics/microfluidics.

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History Education and Conflict Transformation

2017 | Action Number: IS1205

History Education and Conflict Transformation

  • Author(s): Psaltis, C., Carretero, M., Cehajic-Clancy, S. (Eds.)
  • Publisher(s): Springer
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-3-319-54681-0 | 

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

This volume comes directly from the work of COST Action IS1205 Social psychological dynamics of historical representations in the enlarged European Union.   

The book discusses the effects, models and implications of history teaching in relation to conflict transformation and reconciliation from a social-psychological perspective. Bringing together a mix of established and young researchers and academics, from the fields of psychology, education, and history, the book provides an in-depth exploration of the role of historical narratives, history teaching, history textbooks and the work of civil society organizations in post-conflict societies undergoing reconciliation processes, and reflects on the state of the art at both the international and regional level. As well as dealing with the question of the ‘perpetrator-victim’ dynamic, the book also focuses on the particular context of transition in and out of cold war in Eastern Europe and the post-conflict settings of Northern Ireland, Israel and Palestine and Cyprus. It is also exploring the pedagogical classroom practices of history teaching and a critical comparison of various possible approaches taken in educational praxis. The book will make compelling reading for students and researchers of education, history, sociology, peace and conflict studies and psychology


2017 | Action Number: ES1203

Climate Research Special Issue: Resilience in SENSitive mountain FORest ecosystems under environmental change

This CR Special focuses on the impacts of climate and land use changes in treelines of several European mountain areas. Treelines, transition zones between the low elevation subalpine forests and the higher elevation low-alpine treeless ecosystems, are important and sensitive indicators of environmental changes. The SENSitive mountain FORest (SENSFOR) COST Action project focuses on the analysis and comparison of biological and socioecological data from European mountain areas, and also presents case studies from various European regions.

The main aims of the SENSFOR treeline project are:

• To improve the potential for sustainable governance of sensitive treeline ecosystems and related ecosystem services 
• To build capacity for local and regional stakeholders to cope with future climate and land use changes

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