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EVOLution of TREEs as drivers of terrestrial biodiversity

EVOLution of TREEs as drivers of terrestrial biodiversity

Objective

Evoltree will associate four major disciplines - genomics, genetics, ecology and evolution - for understanding, monitoring and predicting genetic diversity, ecosystems structures, dynamics and processes. This strategy will be applied to three major interacting elements of terrestrial ecosystems: trees, phytophagous insects and mycorrhizal fungi. The functional role of trees as drivers of biodiversity will be deciphered by investigating their adaptive diversity, their structuring role on diversity of associated species and their own evolutionary rate in response to biotic and abiotic environmental changes.

The network will integrate multidisciplinary research to dissect the structure, expression and polymorphism of genes of ecological significance, and contribute to the emergence of "ecosystem genomics". The genomic activities will be conducted within a "Laboratory without walls" where high throughput techniques will be integrated and then applied to a wide range of tree and associated species, starting with model species.

Evoltree will setup the necessary experimental infrastructures, information systems and bio informatics resources for common use by the partners. Large data sets will be compiled and made accessible by developing data mining procedures for the analysis of geographic and temporal distribution of genetic diversity. Evoltree will spread its knowledge and expertise for the purpose of education, biodiversity monitoring, and conservation.

The network will develop training capacities and facilitate mobility opportunities throughout Europe. A dynamic communication strategy will disseminate its results to the scientific community, end users and public. Evoltree will greatly contribute to the national and international efforts for preserving biodiversity, in particular, the resolutions initiated by the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy initiative and adopted by the Ministerial Conference on Protection of Forests in Europe.

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Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE (INRA)

Address

Rue De L'Universite 147
Paris

France

Administrative Contact

Antoine KREMER (Dr)

Participants (27)

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STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK

Netherlands

ARC SEIBERSDORF RESEARCH GMBH

Austria

BUNDESFORSCHUNGSANSTALT FUER FORST- UND HOLZWIRTSCHAFT

Germany

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

VLAAMS INTERUNIVERSITAIR INSTITUUT VOOR BIOTECHNOLOGIE VZW

Belgium

DANMARKS OG GROENLANDS GEOLOGISKE UNDERSOEGELSE

Denmark

GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAET GOETTINGEN STIFTUNG OEFFENTLICHEN RECHTS

Germany

INRA TRANSFERT S.A.

France

INTERNATIONAL PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES INSTITUTE

Italy

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL.

United Kingdom

PHILIPPS UNIVERSITAET MARBURG

Germany

EIDGENOESSISCHE FORSCHUNGSANSTALT WSL

Switzerland

TECHNICKA UNIVERZITA VO ZVOLENE

Slovakia

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACION Y TECNOLOGIA AGRARIA Y ALIMENTARIA

Spain

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI UDINE

Italy

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS)

France

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

UNIWERSYTET KAZIMIERZA WIELKIEGO

Poland

OULUN YLIOPISTO

Finland

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF WEST HUNGARY

Hungary

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

MAX PLANCK GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.

Germany

AUSTRIAN RESEARCH CENTERS GMBH - ARC

Austria

THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

United Kingdom

JOHANN HEINRICH VON THÜNEN-INSTITUT, BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FÜR LÄNDLICHE RÄUME, WALD UND FISCHEREI

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 16322

  • Start date

    1 April 2006

  • End date

    30 September 2010

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 21 690 000

  • EU contribution

    € 14 300 000

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE (INRA)

France