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Microbial services addressing climate change risks for biodiversity and for agricultural and forestry ecosystems: enabling curiosity-driven research and advancing frontier knowledge

Project description

A closer look at the climate induced biodiversity crisis

Terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystems face severe challenges from global changes, particularly threats to agricultural and forestry systems, posing significant environmental and socio-economic risks. Climate change compounds these issues, intertwined with biodiversity and ecosystem service losses. In this context, the EU-funded MICROBES-4-CLIMATE project aims to unlock the mysteries of the impact of microbiomes on plants, soil, and the environment. By deepening our understanding through transnational access to world-class Research Infrastructures, the project will foster both frontier knowledge and practical applications for resilient agriculture in the face of climate challenges. This knowledge promises not only to advance scientific frontiers, but also to drive applied research, offering insights into harnessing plant-microbiome interactions for climate-resilient agriculture.

Objective

Terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystems are being challenged by global changes, and threats to agricultural and forestry ecosystems represent some of the most serious environmental and socio-economic menaces that the planet and humanity are facing. Climate change (CG) is widely recognised as one of the most impactful global changes, and since it goes hand-by-hand with biodiversity and services loss in terrestrial ecosystems, they should be tackled together. Microbes constitute the life support system of the biosphere, but they are its most overlooked fraction and are not considered in the context of CG. The overall understanding of the impact of CG on the assembly and functions of microbiomes is still very limited. How the complex microbes-plants-soil interactions and its consequences on plant performance and productivity are impacted by CG is still largely unknown. Additional knowledge also needs to be obtained on the overall ecosystem functioning, and to what extent microbiomes may mitigate stress conditions due to CG. The project MICROBES-4-CLIMATE will provide a wider community of users/researchers, irrespective of location, efficient access to a cluster of complementary world-class Research Infrastructures and their integrated, advanced services along with training and scientific and/or technical support, to address such need. An excellence-driven programme of Transnational Access, which is at the core of the project, will enable users to conduct curiosity-driven research addressing terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystems, in light of the abovementioned multidimensional and still poorly understood microbiomes-plants-soil-environment interactions, and its roles in CG responses, resilience, and mitigation. This will foster the advancement of frontier knowledge and also pave the way to applied research on harnessing plant-microbiome interactions to improve the climate resiliency of plants/crops and to enable e.g. precision, sustainable and resilient agriculture.

Coordinator

MICROBIAL RESOURCE RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE - EUROPEAN RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE CONSORTIUM
Net EU contribution
€ 587 295,00
Address
UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO CAMPUS DE GUALTAR CP 3 PISO
4710-057 BRAGA
Portugal

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Continente Norte Cávado
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€ 587 295,00

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