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Quantifying the impact of climate change on orchid mycorrhizal symbiosis in Mediterranean biodiversity hotspots

Project description

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.

Coordinator

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS KEW
Net EU contribution
€ 277 940,16
Address
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
TW93AB Richmond
United Kingdom

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Region
London Outer London — West and North West Hounslow and Richmond upon Thames
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00

Partners (1)

Partner

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

CURTIN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Australia
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Gpo Box U1987
6845 Perth

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 171 473,28