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NORA - Nitrous Oxide Research Alliance Training Network

NORA - Nitrous Oxide Research Alliance Training Network

Objective

The fate of anthropogenic nitrogen is at the core of our environmental predicament. Human activities have more than doubled the annual input of reactive nitrogen to the biosphere compared to prehistoric levels, causing escalating emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O) which contributes to global warming and depletion of stratospheric ozone. Ultimately, anthropogenic nitrogen will return to the atmosphere, either as N2, N2O or NO, which are the gaseous products of microbial red/ox-transformations of mineral nitrogen. The N2/N2O/NO product ratio of these transformations is controlled by the ecology and regulatory biology of the organisms involved, modulated by environmental factors. We need better understanding and quantification of these processes to improve our chances to reduce N2O emissions from managed ecosystems (agriculture and waste treatment systems). Such progress requires interdisciplinary scientific approaches in collaboration with the fertilizer and waste-industries.
NORA comprises the strongest research groups in Europe regarding the biochemistry, biotechnology, physiology and ecology of N-transforming microbes in soils and wastewater systems, the R&D of leading fertilizer-, waste treatment- and robot- industry. Major goals are to
• improve our understanding and predictive ability regarding the ecology and regulatory biology of microbes involved in oxidation and reduction of mineral N species affecting atmospheric N2O.
• produce a new generation of nitrogen researchers, within both academic and private sectors, with inter- and cross-disciplinary skills and understanding and appreciation of both fundament science and its direct application to environmental, industrial and societal issues.
• exploit the power of fundamental scientific understanding, developed through interdisciplinary research and close interactions between academia, industry and policy makers, to generate specific recommendations, strategies and solutions to reduce nitrous oxide emissions.
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Coordinator

NORGES MILJO-OG BIOVITENSKAPLIGE UNIVERSITET

Address

Universitetstunet 3
1433 As

Norway

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 839 458,48

Administrative Contact

Are Aastveit (Prof.)

Participants (10)

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UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 290 556,64

STICHTING VU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 242 361,46

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 242 361,46

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 290 556,64

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 265 425,16

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 261 448,66

ECOLE CENTRALE DE LYON

France

EU Contribution

€ 261 448,66

GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 265 425,16

YARA GMBH & CO. KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 196 300,72

BIOCLEAR BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 210 356,74

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 316472

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2013

  • End date

    31 December 2016

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 365 699,78

  • EU contribution

    € 3 365 699,78

Coordinated by:

NORGES MILJO-OG BIOVITENSKAPLIGE UNIVERSITET

Norway