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Structuring Infrastructures for the ANAlysis and Experimentation on Ecosystem

Objective

This Design Study aims at implementing a new concept of integrated research infrastructures in Europe for research on agro-ecosystems and natural ecosystems and environment. This infrastructure consists in interfacing three types of platforms: (i)The in situ Long Term Experimental Plateforms which consists in developing experiments for the main type of land use systems (arable crops, grasslands, forest, marchlands, heathlands…), where different types of land management are imposed for a long term and where the state variables of the system are monitored for long term in conjunction with the measurement of the environmental fluxes to atmosphere and hydrosphere. (ii)The in vitro ECOTRON equipments where blocks of ecosystems of different size could be introduced within controlled environment. Since feedbacks between the plants and the soil responses take time to establish, experiments often need to last a few years. An alternative use of Ecotrons is to analyse the physiology of blocks of ecosystems which have been subjected in situ for years to various treatments within LTEP platforms. In that case, Ecotrons can be seen as ecological analysers receiving samples for analysis. (iii) The in silico Data base and Modelling platform should complete the system by developing facilities for sharing data bases among European scientific community, and possibilities for coupling experimental with theoretical approaches. This Design Study aims at developing and sharing this ANAEE concept among European research partners in order to (i) specify the needs for such “instrument” for the scientific stakes on continental biosphere; (ii) convince national strategic research institutions to support such a concept; (iii) inventory the capacities of partners to develop such a network of equipments; and (iv) determine the condition for networking and sharing these infrastructures among different European countries.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding/crops
  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/physiology

Call for proposal

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA-SA - Support actions

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 257 512
Administrative Contact
Amandine Vogt (Ms.)

Participants (7)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 129 363
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean-Michel Portefaix (Mr.)
INSTITUTE OF GRASSLAND AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 149 658
Address
Plas Gogerddan
SY23 3EB Aberystwyth
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Simon Glyn Durbin (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 64 148
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Giuseppe Zanin (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II
Italy
EU contribution
€ 89 344
Address
Corso Umberto I, 40
80138 Napoli
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Federico Turano (Dr.)
ROTHAMSTED RESEARCH LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 50 757
Address
West Common
AL52JQ Harpenden
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dominique Imber (Ms.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 76 983
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ma García-Ferrer (Ms.)
FRIEDRICH-SCHILLER-UNIVERSITAT JENA
Germany
EU contribution
€ 76 211
Address
Furstengraben 1
07743 Jena
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wolfgang Weisser (Prof.)