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MICROWINE - Microbial metagenomics and the modern wine industry

Objective

A diverse, complex, and poorly characterised community of microorganisms lies at the heart of the wine – an industry worth over €220 billion globally. These microorganisms play key roles at all stages of the viniculture and vinification processes, from helping plants access nutrients from the soil, driving their health through protection against pathogens, to fermentation processes that transform the must into wine with its complex array of aromas and flavours. Given this importance, an improved understanding of the microbial community and its interplay will have significant effects on the industry. In recent years, 'Next Generation' DNA sequencing has revolutionised many areas of biology, including microbiology, through conferring the ability to characterise microbes on the deep community scale, through both ’shotgun’ and ’deep amplicon’ sequencing approaches. To exploit this power for the benefit of the wine industry, we propose MICROWINE, a 15 ESR Marie Curie Actions European Training Network. The network is constructed as a close collaboration between industry and academic partners, around the theme of the microbial community’s role in the wine production process. Through combining microbial metagenomic sequencing with powerful computation analyses, with metadata generated using techniques such as metabolomics and geochemistry, we will study the action of microbes from the plant protection and nutrition, through to wine fermentation process, using samples collected from both Europe and beyond. We will further train the ESRs across a wide range of relevant disciplines, and maximise information transfer through multiple host and academic-industry cosupervision and secondments. In this way, we anticipate contributing to the strength and scientific progress of the wine industry through training of a cohort of leading, interdisciplinary and tightly interconnected scientists at the forefront of modern microbiological, genomic, computational and related techniques.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/agronomy/plant protection
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/bioprocessing technologies/fermentation
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/genetics and heredity/dna
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/nutrition
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/geochemistry
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture/viticulture

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks
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Coordinator

AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 580 163,76

Participants (12)

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 580 163,76
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
Kirby Corner Road - University House
CV4 8UW Coventry
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE LA PLATA
Argentina
EU contribution
€ 204 096,60
Address
Calle 7 776
1900 La Plata
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE DE BORDEAUX
France
EU contribution
€ 262 875,60
Address
Place Pey Berland 35
33000 Bordeaux
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 290 081,88
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MINISTERIUM FUER UMWELT, LANDWIRTSCHAFT, ERNAEHRUNG, WEINBAU UND FORSTEN RHEINLAND- PFALZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Kaiser-friedrich-strasse 1
55116 Mainz
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Calle Pedro Cerbuna 12
50009 Zaragoza
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 262 875,60
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDADE CATOLICA PORTUGUESA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 238 356,36
Address
Palma De Cima
1649 023 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 238 356,36
Address
Tapada Da Ajuda
1349 017 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING VU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE ENINFORMATIQUE ET AUTOMATIQUE
France
EU contribution
€ 262 875,60
Address
Domaine De Voluceau Rocquencourt
78153 Le Chesnay Cedex
Activity type
Research Organisations

Partners (8)

CHR. HANSEN A/S
Denmark
Address
Boege Alle 10-12
2970 Hoersholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
United States
Address
Franklin Street 1111, 12 Floor
94607 Oakland Ca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CURTIN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Australia
Address
Gpo Box U1987
6845 Perth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Biodiscovery, LLC
United States
Address
5840 Interface Dr.
48103 Ann Arbor
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Ansilta S.A.
Argentina
Address
Calle 2 No. 80
1900 La Plata
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE QUILMES
Argentina
Address
Roque Saenz Pena 352
B1876BXD Bernal
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Agrarian Research and Development Center
Georgia
Address
Didi Gighomi, 3 Mkr, Block 8, Fl. 56.
0131 Tbilisi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SCREENWOOD, LDA
Portugal
Address
Rua Do Pinhal, Nº 48
2080-110 Almeirim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)