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Lactase persistence and the Cultural History of Europe

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 215362

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2008

  • End date

    31 August 2012

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 316 271

  • EU contribution

    € 3 316 271

Coordinated by:

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

Objective

The ideal training for future researchers in Europe, draws together leading groups in the world, state-of-the-art methods and a clearly focused, important and emotive questions with widespread repercussions, and integrates them using sophisticated tools and training devices; welcome to LeCHE. This large (14 researcher, 24 participant) training network explores the origin and impact of dairying Europe. The ITN will draw on the latest genetic studies of modern humans and domestic animals to identify markers of specific traits, but will also travel back in time and search for these in ancient remains. The Lactase Persistence trait is under extreme selection in humans; ancient DNA analyses suggesting that it was absent in the first Neolithic farmers. Modern phylogeographic patterning indicates a high degree of co-evolution of humans and domesticates. We will test these hypotheses by using sophisticated chemical and isotopic geochemical analyses of artefacts and bones, combined with traditional archaeology to obtain direct evidence of milk consumption and explore husbandry practices. All these data will be integrated into a large database. Mathematical modelling of gene flow and selection in Neolithic populations, constrained by archaeological data, will be compared with modern distribution of genetic diversity and ancient remains. Each student will have their own research project, but will be encouraged to think and work as a team, by network activities, including a sophisticated set of Web 2.0 tools for communication, summer schools and their co-authorship of a book, the latter to teach them writing, editing and team-working skills. The students will benefit from industrial involvement, both instrument/analytical, but also the involvement of the modern diary industry. They will help organize a final conference, for which we have already agreed sponsorship from a Spanish foundation, sponsors of the meeting at which this proposal was born.
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Coordinator

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET

Address

Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala

Sweden

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 339 695

Administrative Contact

Carolina Wallström-Pan (Ms.)

Participants (12)

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 210 984

UNIVERSITY OF YORK

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 402 541

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 422 143

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 211 240

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 245 967

JOHANNES GUTENBERG-UNIVERSITAT MAINZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 201 981

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 204 395

THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 217 092

Roemisch-Germanische Kommission des Deutschen Archaeologischen Instituts

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 200 255

VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 268 423

REISS-ENGELHORN-MUSEEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 180 742

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 210 813

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 215362

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2008

  • End date

    31 August 2012

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 316 271

  • EU contribution

    € 3 316 271

Coordinated by:

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET

Sweden