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Innovative approaches to understand complex microbial communities for eco-engineering the degradation of herbicides in stressed agricultural soils

Objective

We will generate a knowledge base for the rational eco-engineering of sites polluted with recalcitrant herbicides atrazine, 2,4-D and analogues. To understand the roles of complex microbial communities for degradation processes, and adaptabilities of communities to stress conditions we will develop, based on detailed metabolic information, molecular biology tools, to study community functions, interactions and adaptations. DNA arrays for phylogenetic, catabolic and stress studies will be designed and optimised. Information recruited in model systems will be used in systems of increasing complexity, aiming at the rational manipulation and optimisation of degradative activities, including the contribution of rhizosphere microbial communities

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

GBF - NATIONAL CENTRE FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY
Address
1,Mascheroder Weg 1
38124 Braunschweig
Germany

Participants (6)

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Campus De La Universidad Autonoma De Madrid
28049 Madrid
MACAULAY LAND USE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
Address
Craigiebuckler
AB15 8QH Aberdeen
PERKIN ELMER LTDA
Chile
Address
Bilbao 882
Providencia - Santiago
PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE CHILE
Chile
Address
Alameda 340
Santiago
UNIVERSIDAD DE BUENOS AIRES
Argentina
Address
956,Junin 956
1113 Buenos Aires
UNIVERSIDAD TECNICA FEDERICO SANTA MARIA
Chile
Address
Avenida Espana 1680
110 Valparaiso