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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

Coordinator

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Net EU contribution
€ 256 500,00
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 18 000,00

Participants (7)

UNIVERSIDAD REY JUAN CARLOS
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 225 000,00
Address
Calle Tulipan
28933 Mostoles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 9 000,00
UNIVERSIDAD DE ALMERIA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 121 500,00
Address
Carretera Sacramento Canada
04120 Almeria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA
Portugal
Net EU contribution
€ 18 000,00
Address
Paco Das Escolas
3004-531 Coimbra
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI MEDITERRANEA DI REGGIO CALABRIA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 31 500,00
Address
Via Salita Melissari Feo Di Vito
89124 Reggio Calabria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ANOIKTO PANEPISTIMIO KYPROU (OPEN UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS)
Cyprus
Net EU contribution
€ 9 000,00
Address
Yannou Kranidioti Av 33 2Nd Fl
2220 Lefkosia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENT OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
Net EU contribution
€ 4 500,00
Address
Athalassa
1417 Nicosia
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ANKARA UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
Net EU contribution
€ 58 500,00
Address
Dogol Caddesi
06100 Tandogan Ankara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Partners (11)

Partner

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

TARBIAT MODARES UNIVERSITY (INSTRUCTOR'S TRAINING UNIVERSITY)
Iran
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Intersection Of Shahid Chamran And Jalal Al Ahmad Highway
14115 175 Tehran
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 67 500,00
Partner

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

FERDOWSI UNIVERSITY OF MASHHAD
Iran
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Admin. Bldg. University Campus Azadi Sq
9177948974 Mashhad
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 13 500,00
Partner

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

UNIVERSITY OF TEHRAN
Iran
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Enghelab Islami Avenue, Central Administration Building
14174 Tehran
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 67 500,00
Partner

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

UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE MEXICO
Mexico
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Torre De Rectoria 9º. Piso, Ciudad Universitaria, D.f.
04510 Mexico Distrito Federal
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 22 500,00
Partner

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

JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
1 John Carroll Boulevard Ad 250
44118-4581 University Heights
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 4 500,00
Partner

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

OBERLIN COLLEGE
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
173 West Lorain Street
44074 Oberlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Partner

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

The Regents of New Mexico State University
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Corner Of Espina Street & Stewart Street
NM 88003-8001 Las Cruces
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Partner

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

UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE LA PAMPA
Argentina
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Coronel Gil 353
6300 Santa Rosa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 40 500,00
Partner

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

UNIVERSIDAD DE CONCEPCION
Chile
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Victor Lamas 1290
4070386 Concepcion
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 18 000,00
Partner

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

DEPARTMENT OF BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND ATTRACTIONS
Australia
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
17 Dick Perry Avenue
6983 Bentley Delivery Centre
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Partner

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

NOORDWES-UNIVERSITEIT
South Africa
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Hoffman Street 11
2531 Potchefstroom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 54 000,00