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Molecular Identification of Plants

Objective

Many of the nearly 400,000 species of plants provide food, feed, medicines, and construction materials. Besides these positive impacts, plants also affect us negatively through pollen allergies, poisonous species, as invasive species, and as adulterants in herbal medicines. Nevertheless, plants are the most promising biological resource for our future. Current extinction risks of global flora and vast decline in taxonomic expertise demand accurate and rapid identification approaches to understand and valorise botanical biodiversity. Advances in genomic data and DNA sequencing are revolutionizing plant systematics, and modern molecular identification methods make it possible to accurately determine plants in ways that were technically impossible only a decade ago. Recently, it has become possible to detect substitution in herbal pharmaceuticals, monitor invasive alien species, trace fragments such as pollen and spores, uncover illegal trade in endangered species, make rapid and accurate molecular biodiversity assessments, and study historical plant diversity through DNA in museum specimens. However, to efficiently harvest the potential of the opportunities provided by the new genomic techniques, society today is in urgent need of trained biosystematists experienced in both taxonomy and in handling enormous amounts of genomic data. Plant.ID will innovatively address these challenges by bringing together academic and non-academic partners including regulatory agencies, industry, SMEs and NGO stakeholders, with the aim of developing molecular identification of plants through tailored approaches to species delimitation, metabarcoding, gene capture, and genomic barcoding, in order to empower stakeholders with simplified molecular identification of plants. By bridging classical taxonomic expertise with cutting-edge genomic approaches, Plant.ID will train a new generation of ESRs who will have immediate relevance to harnessing the central role of plants in the modern world.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo
Norway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 858 825,72

Participants (8)

STICHTING NATURALIS BIODIVERSITY CENTER
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 510 748,56
Address
Darwinweg 2
2333CR Leiden
Activity type
Research Organisations
GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 527 318,64
Address
Vasaparken
405 30 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 870 245,64
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS KEW
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
TW93AB Richmond
Activity type
Research Organisations
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 242 386,92
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations
AGENTSCHAP PLANTENTUIN MEISE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 250 560
Address
Nieuwelaan 38
1860 Meise
Activity type
Research Organisations
BASECLEAR BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
Sylviusweg 74
2333 BE Leiden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
Inverleith Row 20A
EH3 5LR Edinburgh
Activity type
Research Organisations

Partners (18)

DIATOMELLA
Netherlands
Address

Overasselt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WILDLIFE JUSTICE COMMISSION
Netherlands
Address

Den Haag
Activity type
Other
SELECT NATURE
Denmark
Address

Copenhagen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TRANSMITTING SCIENCE
Spain
Address

Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MEDICINES AND HEALTHCARE PRODUCTS REGULATORY AGENCY
United Kingdom
Address
10 South Colonnade, Canary Wharf
E14 4PU London
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
STATENS LEGEMIDDELVERK
Norway
Address
Grensesvingen 26
0213 Oslo
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
Address
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE GRENOBLE ALPES
France
Address
621 Avenue Centrale
38058 Grenoble
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VÄSTRA GÖTALANDSREGIONEN
Sweden
Address
Regionens Hus
462 80 Vanersborg
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
ROYAL MUSEUM FOR CENTRAL AFRICA
Belgium
Address

Tervuren
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Norway
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITETET I TROMSOE - NORGES ARKTISKE UNIVERSITET
Norway
Address
Hansine Hansens Veg 14
9019 Tromso
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DUTCH GROUP OF VIOLIN AND BOW MAKERS
Netherlands
Address

Den Haag
Activity type
Other
NEFELOUDIS FOOD ADDITIVES
Greece
Address

Thessaloniki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NATUREMETRIX
United Kingdom
Address

Egham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)