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Self-organisation of microbial soil organic matter turnover

Project description

Understanding soil organic matter with complex systems science

The role of microbial turnover of soil organic matter (SOM) is central in the Earth’s carbon (C) cycle. However, its fundamental mechanism is not entirely understood. The EU-funded SomSOM project will investigate from the perspective of complex systems science. According to the complex systems theory, interactions between individuals at the micro level can lead to ‘self-organisation’ at the macro level. The system acquires new qualities that do not derive from the characteristics of the interacting individuals. However, if microbial decomposer systems are self-organised, they may present different behaviour than that expected under changing environmental circumstances. The project will investigate if the microbial decomposition of organic matter is conducted by self-organisation and what impact this has on soil C and nitrogen cycling.

Host institution

UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Net EU contribution
€ 1 896 129,00
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Austria

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Region
Wien Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 1 896 129,00

Beneficiaries (1)

UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 1 896 129,00
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien

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Region
Wien Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 1 896 129,00