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Epigenetic Diversity in Ecology

Objective

Plants are the foundation of all ecosystems and they provide humans with essential services. Unprecedented rates of global environmental change are now putting plants under increased risk, and it is important to understand the capacity of plants to adapt to rapid change. EPIDIVERSE takes a cross-disciplinary approach to investigate the role that epigenetic mechanisms, specifically DNA methylation, play in plant adaptation. Understanding the epigenetic contribution to adaptation will help to predict species responses to global warming and can open new directions for sustainable agriculture and crop breeding. In EPIDIVERSE, a consortium of academic and entrepreneurial PIs will train 15 ESRs to become a first generation of expert eco-epigeneticists, equipping them with the interdisciplinary skills - molecular, (epi)genomic, ecological and bioinformatics - to successfully tackle this new research area. Training in leading academic groups and in life sciences companies will emphasize empirical and informatics skills to become fluent and creative in extracting knowledge from big ‘omics data in natural contexts. In so doing, EPIDIVERSE will ensure the ESRs, and Europe, leading positions in this emerging field. To explain the real-life relevance of epigenetics in natural systems, we will (1) develop genomic and bioinformatics tools for epigenomic analysis in natural settings; (2) determine natural epigenetic diversity, and its relationship with environmental factors, in three common wild species across Europe; and (3) reveal the molecular mechanisms underlying natural epigenetic diversity through controlled experiments. This approach is innovative and timely because it integrates several so far disconnected areas of epigenetic research, and it will transfer analytical methods from laboratory research to the real world. These are important steps forward if Europe wants to understand, manage, and possibly enhance plant adaptability to pressing environmental challenges.

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KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW
Net EU contribution
€ 510 748,56
Address
Kloveniersburgwal 29 Het Trippenhuis
1011 JV Amsterdam
Netherlands

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West-Nederland Noord-Holland Groot-Amsterdam
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Other
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (12)

PHILIPPS UNIVERSITAET MARBURG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 498 432,96
Address
Biegenstrasse 10
35037 Marburg

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Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Geschwister-scholl-platz
72074 Tuebingen

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Baden-Württemberg Tübingen Tübingen, Landkreis
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
BOTANICKY USTAV AV CR, V.V.I.
Czechia
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€ 232 422,48
Address
Zamek 1
25243 Pruhonice

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Střední Čechy Středočeský kraj
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT

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France
Net EU contribution
€ 87 625,20
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07
Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT
France
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€ 262 875,60
Address
Boulevard De Dunkerque 44 Cs 90009
13572 Marseille

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Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Bouches-du-Rhône
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
ECSEQ BIOINFORMATICS GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Sternwartenstrasse 29
04103 Leipzig

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Sachsen Leipzig Leipzig
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid

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Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
IGA TECHNOLOGY SERVICES SRL
Italy
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€ 516 122,64
Address
Via Linussio 51
33100 Udine

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Nord-Est Friuli-Venezia Giulia Udine
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
MARTIN-LUTHER-UNIVERSITAT HALLE-WITTENBERG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Universitatsplatz 10
6108 Halle

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Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
GREGOR MENDEL INSTITUT FUR MOLEKULARE PFLANZENBIOLOGIE GMBH
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 255 934,08
Address
Dr Bohr Gasse 3
1030 Wien

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Wien Wien
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
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€ 249 216,48
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munchen

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Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUER WIRTSCHAFT, BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 175 250,06
Address
Bundeshaus Ost
3003 Bern

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Espace Mittelland Bern / Berne
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Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00

Partners (3)

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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

UNIVERSITAET LEIPZIG
Germany
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€ 0,00
Address
Ritterstrasse 26
04109 Leipzig

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Sachsen Leipzig Leipzig
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS GMBH
Germany
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€ 0,00
Address
Sandhofer Strasse 116
68305 Mannheim

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Baden-Württemberg Karlsruhe Mannheim, Stadtkreis
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

WISSENSCHAFT IM DIALOG GGMBH
Germany
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€ 0,00
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€ 0,00