A closer look at orchid conservation in the Mediterranean
Orchids are among the plant groups most threatened by climate change. But they have developed symbiotic associations with soil fungi to create new individuals from seeds. The EU-funded FORECAST project will carry out a comprehensive study into the symbiotic relationships of the spider orchids, a group of high conservation concerns in Mediterranean habitats in Australia, with their fungal partners. The project will combine molecular, field and physiological experiments, offering a model system to predict orchids' response to climate change and the resilience of these symbioses in deteriorated and natural environments. FORECAST will develop new strategies for ongoing orchid conservation in Mediterranean environments.
Fields of science
- natural sciencesbiological sciencesmicrobiologymycology
- natural sciencesbiological sciencesecologyecosystems
- natural sciencesbiological sciencesbiological behavioural sciencesethologybiological interactions
- natural sciencesearth and related environmental sciencesatmospheric sciencesclimatologyclimatic changes
Funding SchemeMSCA-IF-GF - Global Fellowships
Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.
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