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Development of an Easy-to-use Metagenomics Platform for Agricultural Science

Objective

The aim of this project is to bring together experts from the academic and non-academic sectors and to create an easy-to-use integrated hardware and software platform. This will enable the rapid analysis of large metagenomic datasets. It will provide actionable insights into probiotic supplement usage, methane production and feed conversion efficiency in cattle. In the recent years, the number of projects or studies producing very large quantities of sequencing data – analysing microbial communities make-up and their interactions with the environment – has increased. Yet, the depth of analysis done is very superficial and represents an inefficient use of available information and financial resources. This project aims to address these deficiencies and will study the change within microbial communities, under various conditions in cattle guts and impacting probiotic supplement usage, methane production and feed conversion efficiency in cattle. To succeed, we propose to develop faster and more accurate analytic platforms in order to fully utilise the datasets generated. By focusing on better hardware and software platforms, better expertise and training, this project will pave the way for a more optimal usage of metagenomic datasets, thus reducing the number of animals necessary. This will ensure better and more economic animal welfare.

The Meta-Plat project objective is a mixture of innovative research, focused application and commercial awareness. The core objectives being pursued are:
• Sample gut collection, from cattle, for sequencing;
• Collection of publically available databases – to create a new classification of previously unclassified sequences, using machine learning algorithms;
• Development of accurate classification algorithms;
• Real-time or time-efficient comparison analyses;
• Production of statistical and visual representations, conveying more useful information;
• Platform integration;
• Provide insights into probiotic supplement usage, methan

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/molecular biology
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data processing
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software/application software/graphic design
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/aliphatic compounds
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence/machine learning
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science/dairy
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology/limnology

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER
Address
Cromore Road
BT52 1SA Coleraine
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 90 000

Participants (4)

NSILICO LIFE SCIENCE LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 315 000
Address
Grange Erin Lodge Grange Road
T12 Douglas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FTK FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR TELEKOMMUNIKATION UND KOOPERATION EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 135 000
Address
Martin-schmeisser Weg 4
44227 Dortmund
Activity type
Research Organisations
SRUC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 54 000
Address
West Mains Road
EH9 3JG Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II
Italy
EU contribution
€ 54 000
Address
Corso Umberto I, 40
80138 Napoli
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments