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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.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

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

Participants (12)

PHILIPPS UNIVERSITAET MARBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 498 432,96
Address
Biegenstrasse 10
35037 Marburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Geschwister-scholl-platz
72074 Tuebingen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BOTANICKY USTAV AV CR, V.V.I.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 232 422,48
Address
Zamek 1
25243 Pruhonice
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 87 625,20
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 262 875,60
Address
Boulevard De Dunkerque 44 Cs 90009
13572 Marseille
Activity type
Research Organisations
ECSEQ BIOINFORMATICS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Sternwartenstrasse 29
04103 Leipzig
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
IGA TECHNOLOGY SERVICES SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 516 122,64
Address
Via Linussio 51
33100 Udine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MARTIN-LUTHER-UNIVERSITAET HALLE-WITTENBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Universitaetsplatz 10
6108 Halle (Saale)
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GREGOR MENDEL INSTITUT FUR MOLEKULARE PFLANZENBIOLOGIE GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 255 934,08
Address
Dr Bohr Gasse 3
1030 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUER WIRTSCHAFT, BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 175 250,06
Address
Bundeshaus Ost
3003 Bern
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)

Partners (3)

UNIVERSITAET LEIPZIG
Germany
Address
Ritterstrasse 26
04109 Leipzig
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS GMBH
Germany
Address
Sandhofer Strasse 116
68305 Mannheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WISSENSCHAFT IM DIALOG GGMBH
Germany
Address
Charlottenstrasse 80
10117 Berlin
Activity type
Other