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Fundamentals of Biological Ice Nucleation

Project description

Research could shed more light on how bacteria induce ice formation

Ice-nucleating bacteria can promote the growth of ice more effectively than any known material. Using specialised ice-nucleating proteins (INPs), they cause frost damage to plants, and, when airborne, they control precipitation by freezing super-cooled water in clouds. The EU-funded F-BioIce project aims to reveal further information regarding the molecular mechanisms behind INPs that so far have remained elusive. The project will devise new strategies that could lead to a paradigm shift in the entire field of ice nucleation. It could also aid the search for similar processes in ice-active fungi and pollen as well as abiotic ice nucleators – feldspar, silica and soot. The project's findings will serve as critical input for climate models and new freezing technologies for food preservation, cryomedicine and cloud seeding.

Host institution

AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Net EU contribution
€ 1 999 936,00
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Denmark

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Region
Danmark Midtjylland Østjylland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

Beneficiaries (1)

AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 1 999 936,00
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C

See on map

Region
Danmark Midtjylland Østjylland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00