A better understanding of soil microbial communities
In an effort to better understand the role of soil microbial communities, it is important to analyse the factors shaping those highly complex systems as well as the ecological and genetic mechanisms contributing to their stability. The EU-funded SoilResist project aims to unveil the mechanisms that underpin the resistance and resilience of soil microbial communities and study how the communities react to natural and anthropogenic perturbations. Within this scope, the project will identity critical thresholds for abrupt transitions of microbial communities to alternative states and their consequences for soil functioning. The aim is to prove the hypothesis that the stability of microbial functions when faced with disturbances caused by climate extremes is determined by microbial functional diversity.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-ADG - Advanced Grant
M13 9PL Manchester
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