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CACHE: CAlcium in a CHanging Environment

Objective

Anthropogenic driven climate change is a global problem that will increasingly affect our world and It is essential that we train our future scientists in multidisciplinary approaches to enable them to tackle such complex problems. This ITN examines environmental calcium mobilisation and deposition in marine molluscs, species that have been highlighted as being particularly at risk under future climate change scenarios due to the acidification and warming of the World’s oceans. However, surprisingly little is known about how these animals regulate calcium to produce a shell, how these processes might be affected when the environmental conditions change and what the consequences are at the population level. This lack of knowledge significantly impacts on our abilities to accurately predict future biodiversity and the consequences for the commercial aquaculture industry. We aim to remedy this knowledge deficit with this ITN. We will take an in-depth comparative approach, using four of the EU’s most important commercially exploited molluscan species as model organisms and examine natural variation in shell production in combination with experimental manipulations to quantify adaptive potential and identify novel genes/proteins that underpin responses to environmental change. By embedding our projects in natural population surveys, we will gain an unprecedented understanding of the level of phenotypic plasticity that operates in bivalve shell production: an essential prerequisite for understanding their resilience to environmental perturbation. The resulting data will also be integrated into models aimed at predicting future aquaculture scenarios and will lead into efforts at biomimic exploitation for sustainable building materials, providing a genuinely innovative inter-sectoral approach, which will directly contribute to the EU Blue Economy and EU aspirations for sustainable opportunities via “Blue Growth”.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN
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UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
Address
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1FL Swindon
United Kingdom

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Melody Clark (Dr.)
EU contribution
€ 498 456,64

Participants (10)

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

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United Kingdom
Address
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
SN2 1EU Swindon Wiltshire
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Melody Clark (Dr.)
GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 569 130,32
Address
Vasaparken
405 30 Goeteborg

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Annika Bergman (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 229 764,48
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angela Noble (Ms.)
MUSEUM NATIONAL D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE
France
EU contribution
€ 255 948,66
Address
Rue Cuvier 57
75005 Paris

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vanessa Demanoff (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD
Germany
EU contribution
€ 222 068,88
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 25
33615 Bielefeld

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Iris Litty (Ms.)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 285 056,64
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Renata Schaeffer (Ms.)
THE SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINESCIENCE LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 432 382,72
Address
Scottish Marine Institute
PA37 1QA Dunbeg Oban

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Derek Black (Mr.)
INSTITUT ROYAL DES SCIENCES NATURELLES DE BELGIQUE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 419 320
Address
Rue Vautier 29
1000 Bruxelles

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Thierry Backeljau (Dr.)
CENTRO DE CIENCIAS DO MAR DO ALGARVE
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 302 181
Address
Universidade Do Algarve
8005 032 Faro

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Deborah Power (Prof.)
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL (GEOMAR)
Germany
EU contribution
€ 444 137,76
Address
Wischhofstrasse 1-3
24148 Kiel

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alexandra Drossou-Berendes (Dr.)