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Metagenomics for bioexploration - Tools and application

Objective

This proposal will (further) develop and apply metagenomics tools to access the enzymatic potential borne in the cryptic biota of selected natural habitats, in particular target soil-related and aquatic ones. In the light of the environmental relevance of chitins and lignins (as natural compounds recalcitrant to degradation) and halogenated aliphatic and aromatic compounds (anthropogenic recalcitrant compounds), the enzymatic activities that we will target are functions able to degrade these compounds. A database of gene functions will be established and maintained. Next to its great relevance to environmental biotechnology including bioremediation, a spin-off of the work will be the discovery of novel biocatalytic functions of industrial relevance. We will in particular address the catabolic potential that is encoded by the mobilome, the collective pool of mobile genetic elements in the microbiota. We will further apply high-throughput (454-based) sequencing to rapidly unravel the metabolic complement in this mobile gene pool. The project brings together a suite of 15 contractors across Europe, encompassing 21 laboratories spread over 11 copuntries and including 4 SMEs. Most of the partners are renowned laboratories which have vast experience in metagenomics of environmental samples, biotechnology, enzymology, bioinformatics, the mobilome, waste management and bioremediation and enzyme production.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental biotechnology/bioremediation
  • /engineering and technology/environmental biotechnology
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/aromatic compounds
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins/enzymes
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2007-2A
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Address
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 876 780

Participants (17)

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 350 000
Address
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 386 400
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)
SODERTORNS HOGSKOLA
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 334 760
Address
Alfred Nobel's Alle 7
SE-141 89 Huddinge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Fredrik Stralind (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 389 000
Address
Kirby Corner Road - University House
CV4 8UW Coventry
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Hedges (Prof.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 389 080
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jos Teunissen
ECOLE CENTRALE DE LYON
France
EU contribution
€ 482 500
Address
Avenue Guy De Collongue 36
69134 Ecully
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bénédicte Martin (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD
Germany
EU contribution
€ 417 600
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 25
33615 Bielefeld
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Iris Litty (Ms.)
JULIUS KUHN-INSTITUT BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR KULTURPFLANZEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 250 000
Address
Erwin-baur-strasse 27
06484 Quedlinburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Knut Steffens (Mr.)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 395 000
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Vereeken (Ms.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 395 000
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Seija Flinck (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 338 400
Address
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Spyridon Nicolas Agathos (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELL'INSUBRIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 291 000
Address
Via Ravasi 2
21100 Varese
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Luca Azimonti (Dr.)
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 201 000
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Milena Prosen (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE LA PLATA
Argentina
EU contribution
€ 165 000
Address
Calle 7 776
1900 La Plata
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Antonio Lagares (Prof.)
BioDetection Systems B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 190 000
Address
Science Park 406
1098 XH Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Yvette Van Scheppingen (Ms.)
Whitby Seafoods Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 70 000
Address
Fairfield Way
YO22 4PU Whitby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Edward Whittle (Mr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 78 471
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Dospital (Ms.)