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Banking Rhizosphere Micro-Organisms.
European - Russian initiative to set up a network of rhizosphere microbiological resources centres

Objective

Soil microbes play key roles in ecosystems and influence ecosystem processes, including nutrient acquisition, nitrogen cycling, carbon cycling, and soil formation. Soil microbes are the majority in soil and a large portion of the genetic diversity on Earth. Many microbes live in association with plant roots and can promote plant productivity and provide protection against stress and disease. Other microbes acts as pathogens and reduce plant growth. Sound environmental and agricultural practices favour balanced composition of biotic agents population in the rhizosphere. Well balanced micro-organisms population favours colonization of soil and nutrients intake, limits occurrence of pathogens (biotic stress), supports the development of commensal or symbiotic relationship between plant and micro-organisms, with a good tempering effect regarding abiotic stress (good water retention capacity, available macro- and micronutrients). Cultivated soils have been extensively studied. Pristine rhizospheres are less studied although these ecological niches contain important micro-flora and -fauna or help conceive the complex ecological microbes-plant relationship in soil, in the rhizosphere. The purposes of this project are:
- to organize cooperation between specialised collections containing microbes isolated from the rhizosphere,
- to constitute a common wide-range pool of micro-biodiversity exploitable for research and industry: the Pan-European Rhizosphere resources network (PERN).
Collaboration between culture collections having material from West-European ecosystems and Russian Biological Resources Centres having micro-organisms from East-European biotopes will create a coordinated network of combined human expertise and culture collections. The network will offer scientists facilitated access to a wide range of micro-organisms coming from a broad spectrum of ecological zones spread over an extensive geographical range to study and exploit.

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2010-4
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Coordinator

Service Public Fédéral de Programmation Politique Scientifique (Belspo)
Address
Wtc Iii Boulevard Simon Bolivar 30
1000 Brussels
Belgium
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 42 800
Administrative Contact
Philippe Desmeth (Mr.)

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 65 270
Address
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stéphane Declerck (Prof.)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 65 270
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Saskia Vanden Broeck (Ms.)
EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUER WIRTSCHAFT, BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 65 270
Address
Bundeshaus Ost
3003 Bern
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marcel Van Der Heijden (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 65 270
Address
Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
10124 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Giovanna Cristina Varese (Dr.)
INSTITUT OF THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES SKRYABIN INSTITUTE OF BIOCHEMISTRY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF MICROORGANISMS RAS
Russia
EU contribution
€ 65 270
Address
Nauka Prospect 5
142290 Pushchino
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Lyudmila Evtushenko (Dr.)
INSTITUTE OF ECOLOGY AND GENETICS OF MICROORGANISMS THE URAL BRANCH OFTHE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Russia
EU contribution
€ 65 270
Address
Golev Street 13 Residence 643
614081 Perm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Irina Ivshina (Prof.)
RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES INSTITUTION INSTITUTE OF BIOCHEMISTRY ANDPHYSIOLOGY OF PLANTS AND MICROORGANISMS
Russia
EU contribution
€ 65 270
Address
Prospekt Entuziastov 13
410049 Saratov
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Olga Turkovskaya (Prof.)