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Bringing the paradigm for marine pelagic production into the 21st century: incorporating mixotrophy into mainstream marine research

Objective

The conceptual basis upon which management tools for our oceans, seas and coasts have operated are out-of-date. MixITiN will train an innovative team of early stage researchers (ESRs) to develop and deploy new methodologies for researching, monitoring and managing our marine environment according to the recently revised paradigm for marine pelagic production. Current management tools and policies operate within a paradigm that builds on a simple division functioning at the base of the food chain leading to fisheries, between ”plant-like” phytoplankton and their main consumers, the microzooplankton. Applicants of the research programme MixITiN have shown that this plant-animal paradigm represents at the least a gross simplification, if not a falsehood. The revised paradigm recognises that most phytoplankton and half the microzooplankton combine plant-like photosynthesis with animal-like consumer activity within the one cell. This form of nutrition, “mixotrophy”, supports the growth of organisms important for food chains and biogeochemical cycles removing atmospheric CO2; they are also causative agents of harmful algal blooms. In consequence of this revised paradigm, laboratory and field research approaches, management policies and allied computer modelling tools, are arguably no longer fit for purpose. MixITiN brings together European world-class research and training centres from 9 different countries, with skillsets from molecular biology, physiology and computer modelling, to marine and coastal zone management, public and media engagement. MixITiN will train ESRs in multinational and multidisciplinary centres of excellence, with intersectoral engagement enabling them to gain employment in various sectors such as consultancy, government, academic, or allied industries. The synergy of training approaches provided to the ESRs will raise their capabilities and progress science beyond the current state-of-the-art to enable improved management of marine resources.

Coordinator

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
Net EU contribution
€ 296 061,87
Address
Newport Road 30 36
CF24 0DE Cardiff
United Kingdom

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Wales East Wales Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (8)

ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven

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Bremen Bremen Bremerhaven, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 580 163,76
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn

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Danmark Hovedstaden Byen København
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 242 386,92
Address
Leoforos Athens Sounio 46 7km
19013 Attikia Anavissos

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Ανατολική Αττική Aττική Αττική
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 250 560,00
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles

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Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
STICHTING DELTARES
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
Boussinesqweg 1
2629 HV Delft

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West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Delft en Westland
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 495 745,92
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid

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Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
SORBONNE UNIVERSITE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 262 875,60
Address
21 Rue De L'ecole De Medecine
75006 Paris

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY

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United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 250 513,89
Address
Singleton Park
SA2 8PP Swansea

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Wales West Wales and The Valleys Swansea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Partners (5)

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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

FUNDACION AZTI - AZTI FUNDAZIOA
Spain
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€ 0,00
Address
Txatxarramendi Ugartea Z/g
48395 Sukarrieta

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Noreste País Vasco Bizkaia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

AP MARINE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANCY LTD
Cyprus
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€ 0,00
Address
Acropoleos 2
2101 Nicosia

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Κύπρος Κύπρος Κύπρος
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

The Conversation Trust (UK) Limited
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Seventh Floor, University Building, 10 Northampton Square
EC1V 0HB London

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London Inner London — East Haringey and Islington
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

Concept Shed
United Kingdom
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€ 0,00
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Falmouth

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Bibliothekstrasse 1
28359 Bremen

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Bremen Bremen Bremen, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00