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Virus-X: Viral Metagenomics for Innovation Value

Objective

Biological sequence diversity in nowhere as apparent as in the vast sequence space of viral genomes. The Virus-X project will specifically explore the outer realms of this diversity by targeting the virosphere of selected microbial ecosystems and investigate the encoded functional variety of viral gene products. The project is driven by the expected large innovation value and unique properties of viral proteins, previously demonstrated by the many virally-derived DNA and RNA processing enzymes used in biotechnology. Concomitantly, the project will advance our understanding of important aspects of ecology in terms of viral diversity, ecosystem dynamics and virus-host interplay. Last but not least, due to the inherent challenges in gene annotation, functional assignments and other virus-specific technical obstacles of viral metagenomics, the Virus-X project specifically addresses these challenges using innovative measures in all parts of the discovery and analysis pipeline, from sampling difficult extreme biotopes, through sequencing and innovative bioinformatics to efficient production of enzymes for molecular biotechnology. Virus-X will advance the metagenomic tool-box significantly and our capabilities for future exploitation of viral biological diversity, the largest unexplored genetic reservoir on Earth.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/genetics and heredity/genome
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins/enzymes

Call for proposal

H2020-LEIT-BIO-2015-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

MATIS OHF
Address
Vinlandsleid 12
113 Reykjavik
Iceland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 356 025

Participants (14)

PROKAZYME EHF.

Participation ended

Iceland
EU contribution
€ 173 500
Address
Vinlandsleio 14
IS-113 Reykjavik
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BIO-PRODICT BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 458 750
Address
Nieuwe Marktstraat 54
6511 AA Nijmegen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SAROMICS BIOSTRUCTURES AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 558 175
Address
Medicon Village
223 81 Lund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
A&A BIOTECHNOLOGY SC
Poland
EU contribution
€ 322 500
Address
Al Zwyciestwa 96/98
84 451 Gdynia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 523 625
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 505 653,75
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIWERSYTET GDANSKI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 610 000
Address
Ul. Bazynskiego 8
80309 Gdansk
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE CLERMONT AUVERGNE
France
EU contribution
€ 287 125
Address
49 Boulevard Francois Mitterrand
63000 Clermont-ferrand
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD
Germany
EU contribution
€ 641 875
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 25
33615 Bielefeld
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Norway
EU contribution
€ 496 250
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 665 000
Address
Stockton Road The Palatine Centre
DH1 3LE Durham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT PASTEUR
France
EU contribution
€ 297 500
Address
Rue Du Docteur Roux 25-28
75724 Paris Cedex 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
ArcticZymes AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 468 331,25
Address
Forskningsparken Sykehusvegen 23
9019 Tromsø
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 599 782,50
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments