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Virus-X: Viral Metagenomics for Innovation Value

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.

Coordinator

MATIS OHF

Address

Vinlandsleid 12
113 Reykjavik

Iceland

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 356 025

Participants (15)

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PROKAZYME EHF.

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 173 500

BIO-PRODICT BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 458 750

SAROMICS BIOSTRUCTURES AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 558 175

A&A BIOTECHNOLOGY SC

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 322 500

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 523 625

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 505 653,75

UNIWERSYTET GDANSKI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 610 000

UNIVERSITE CLERMONT AUVERGNE

France

EU Contribution

€ 287 125

UNIVERSITE BLAISE PASCAL CLERMONT-FERRAND II

France

UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 641 875

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 496 250

UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 665 000

INSTITUT PASTEUR

France

EU Contribution

€ 297 500

ArcticZymes AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 468 331,25

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 599 782,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 685778

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 April 2016

  • End date

    31 March 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 964 214,50

  • EU contribution

    € 7 964 092,50

Coordinated by:

MATIS OHF

Iceland