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Pesticides: Felicity or curse for the soil microbial community?

Objective

"Pesticides still constitute an integral part of modern agriculture. Upon their release, pesticides interact with soil microbes in contrasting ways. On the one hand they stimulate microbial activity and proliferation of a specific fraction of the microbial community which could utilize them as energy source resulting in their rapid biodegradation and loss of biological efficacy. On the other hand they induce inhibitory effects on the structure and/or on the function of the microbial community, the latter having detrimental effects on ecosystem functioning. So far pesticide legislation has largely ignored these aspects and pesticide soil ecotoxicity tests relies solely on simple C and N mineralization tests which do not provide a reliable assessment of pesticide impact on soil microbes. The introduction of fingerprinting molecular methods, qPCR, high throughput sequencing analysis, microarrays and –omics have substantially advanced our knowledge on soil microbial ecology. However, these dynamic tools have not been utilized yet to shed light into soil microbes - pesticides interactions. This project aims to introduce these highly dynamic tools in combination with chemical analysis of pesticides and their metabolites to shed light into those interactions and the factors deciding which way the balance with go (stimulation or inhibition). This will be achieved via collaboration of two industrial and three academic partners with complementary expertise in molecular microbial ecology, soil microbiology, pesticide metabolism and the establishment of a staff exchange scheme. This apart from the achievement of the scientific and technological goals of the project will facilitate technology transfer between partners and open communication channels between Academia - Industry. Further the project is expected to support increasing communication with standardization foundations (ISO) and EU policy making bodies regarding pesticides (EFSA)"

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IAPP
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Funding Scheme

MC-IAPP - Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)

Coordinator

PANEPISTIMIO THESSALIAS
Address
Argonafton Filellinon
38221 Volos
Greece
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 445 025,71
Administrative Contact
Dimitrios Messalouris (Mr.)

Participants (5)

PANEPISTIMIO DYTIKIS ELLADAS

Participation ended

Greece
Address
Georgiou Seferi 2
30100 Agrinio
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dimitrios Serpanos (Prof.)
AEIFORIA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 331 515,44
Address
Strada Faggiola 12/16 Frazione Gariga
29027 Podenzano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Federico Ferrari (Dr.)
HYDREKA ENOVEO SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 348 411,96
Address
51 Avenue Rosa Parks
69009 Lyon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Olivier Sibourg (Mr.)
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 305 980,62
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Georgios Tsiamis (Dr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 343 801,77
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Fabrice Martin-Laurent (Dr.)