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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The conceptual basis upon which management tools for our oceans, seas and coasts have operated are out-of-date.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.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/molecular biology

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
Address
Newport Road 30-36
CF24 ODE Cardiff
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 296 061,87

Participants (9)

ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Research Organisations
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 580 163,76
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
EU contribution
€ 242 386,92
Address
Leoforos Athens Sounio 46 7Km
19013 Attikia Anavissos
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 250 560
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING DELTARES
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
Boussinesqweg 1
2629 HV Delft
Activity type
Research Organisations
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 495 745,92
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Place Jussieu 4
75252 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SORBONNE UNIVERSITE
France
EU contribution
€ 262 875,60
Address
21 Rue De L'ecole De Medecine
75006 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 250 513,89
Address
Singleton Park
SA2 8PP Swansea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (5)

FUNDACION AZTI - AZTI FUNDAZIOA
Spain
Address
Txatxarramendi Ugartea Z/g
48395 Sukarrieta
Activity type
Research Organisations
AP MARINE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANCY LTD
Cyprus
Address
Acropoleos 2
2101 Nicosia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
The Conversation Trust (UK) Limited
United Kingdom
Address
Seventh Floor, University Building, 10 Northampton Square
EC1V 0HB London
Activity type
Other
Concept Shed
United Kingdom
Address

Falmouth
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Germany
Address
Bibliothekstrasse 1
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments