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A global initiative to understand gypsum ecosystem ecology

Objective

Gypsum soils occur worldwide and represent natural laboratories of evolution and ecology. The unusual mineral content of gypsum soils is a significant barrier to the growth of most plants, and yet these soils host highly diverse endemic floras that have evolved independently on five continents. Nevertheless, these ecosystems are poorly understood compared to those of other unusual substrates. Little is known about the conservation status of gypsum floras, the potential impact of climate change on them, and their responses to mitigation and restoration. We propose an integrated global study of the ecology and evolution of plant and lichen life on gypsum, including eight gypsum-rich regions from four continents that differ in geological origin, climate, and flora. We will 1) assess the plant and lichen diversity of gypsum; 2) investigate the evolutionary origins and assembly of these floras; 3) evaluate potential adaptive mechanisms on gypsum, the functional structure of gypsum plant and lichen communities, and the processes regulating gypsum ecosystem function; 4) analyse the responses of gypsum communities to global change drivers and explore how gypsum ecosystem restoration/conservation may help mitigate the effects of global change; 5) promote the study of gypsum ecosystems; and 6) communicate the ecological and conservation value of these ecosystems to the public. With the involvement of gypsum experts from 18 academic and non-academic organizations from 11 countries, this project provides an innovative, integrative, and interdisciplinary approach to address key questions in gypsum ecosystem ecology, evolution, and management. The project thus strengthens existing international collaborative networks and consolidates Europe’s leadership in gypsum ecosystem research, including management and conservation plans and the identification of traits for crop improvement on gypsum soils, enhancing its attractiveness as a leading destination for related R&D

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 256 500

Participants (7)

UNIVERSIDAD REY JUAN CARLOS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 225 000
Address
Calle Tulipan
28933 Mostoles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DE ALMERIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 121 500
Address
Carretera Sacramento Canada
04120 Almeria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 18 000
Address
Paco Das Escolas
3001 451 Coimbra
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI MEDITERRANEA DI REGGIO CALABRIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 31 500
Address
Via Salita Melissari Feo Di Vito
89124 Reggio Calabria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ANOIKTO PANEPISTIMIO KYPROU (OPEN UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS)
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 9 000
Address
Yannou Kranidioti Av 33 2Nd Fl
2220 Lefkosia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENT OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 4 500
Address
Athalassa
1417 Nicosia
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
ANKARA UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 58 500
Address
Dogol Caddesi
06100 Tandogan Ankara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (11)

TARBIAT MODARES UNIVERSITY (INSTRUCTOR'S TRAINING UNIVERSITY)
Iran
Address
Intersection Of Shahid Chamran And Jalal Al Ahmad Highway
14115 175 Tehran
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FERDOWSI UNIVERSITY OF MASHHAD
Iran
Address
Admin. Bldg. University Campus Azadi Sq
9177948974 Mashhad
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF TEHRAN
Iran
Address
Enghelab Islami Avenue, Central Administration Building
14174 Tehran
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE MEXICO
Mexico
Address
Torre De Rectoria 9º. Piso, Ciudad Universitaria, D.f.
04510 Mexico Distrito Federal
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY
United States
Address
1 John Carroll Boulevard Ad 250
44118-4581 University Heights
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
OBERLIN COLLEGE
United States
Address
173 West Lorain Street
44074 Oberlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
The Regents of New Mexico State University
United States
Address
Corner Of Espina Street & Stewart Street
NM 88003-8001 Las Cruces
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE LA PAMPA
Argentina
Address
Coronel Gil 353
6300 Santa Rosa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DE CONCEPCION
Chile
Address
Victor Lamas 1290
4070386 Concepcion
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DEPARTMENT OF BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND ATTRACTIONS
Australia
Address
17 Dick Perry Avenue
6983 Bentley Delivery Centre
Activity type
Research Organisations
NOORDWES-UNIVERSITEIT
South Africa
Address
Hoffman Street 11
2531 Potchefstroom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments