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Golden Mycological Triangle – joining forces to exploit mycological biodiversity for novel anti-infectives and other beneficial metabolites

Golden Mycological Triangle – joining forces to exploit mycological biodiversity for novel anti-infectives and other beneficial metabolites

Objective

The proposed project aims at the intensification of cooperations between research infrastructure organisations in German, the Netherlands and Thailand that are recognised internationally as strongholds in mycological, biotechnological and microbiological research. The cooperation is intended to explore the mycological and microbiological biodiversity of Europe and Southeast Asia, in particular with regard to the search for the badly needed new antibiotics and other biologically active substances.
The working plan includes activities such as the systematic exploration of fungal biodiversity by using modern molecular phylogenetic and chemotaxonomic techniques, as well as genome sequencing, in conjunction with classical microbiology.
The focus of the research will be set on endophytes (in particular, Xylariaceae and Botryosphaeriaceae), invertebrate-associated ascomycetes (Cordycipitaceae), and marine fungi and fungal-like organisms, respectively. In addition, some basidiomycete cultures will also be studied.
Between the participating partners already exist very good personal contacts and smaller research collaborations, which will be intensified in the context of the proposed project. Several staff exchanges and workshops are planned, which should allow the partners to further increase and optimise their interactions and to attain interdisciplinary skills.
In the medium term the project is aimed at attaining an internationally visible strategic cooperation, including other departments of the institutions involved.
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Coordinator

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR INFEKTIONSFORSCHUNG GMBH

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Inhoffenstrasse 7
38124 Braunschweig

Germany

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 225 000

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KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 108 000

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NATIONAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 645701

  • Start date

    1 January 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 333 000

  • EU contribution

    € 333 000

Coordinated by:

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR INFEKTIONSFORSCHUNG GMBH

Germany