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Ecological Function and Biodiversity Indicators in European Soils

Objective

The strategic goal of EcoFINDERS is to provide the EC with tools to design and implement soil strategies aimed at ensuring sustainable use of soils, including: i) Characterisation of European soil biodiversity; ii) Determination of relations between soil biodiversity, soil functions and ecosystem services; iii) Design of policy-relevant and cost-effective indicators for monitoring soil biodiversity. The project will: i) Develop and standardise tools and procedures to measure microbial and faunal diversity; ii) Describe the diversity of soil organisms (microbes and fauna), iii) Decipher the interactions among soil organisms and with plants through foodwebs and iv) Determine the role played by soil organisms in soils ecosystem services (nutrient cycling, carbon storage, water retention, soil structure regulation, resistance to pests and diseases, and regulation of above-ground diversity); iii) Establish cost-effective bioindicators for measuring sustainability of the microbial and faunal diversity and their associated functions (using a combination of metrics and meta-analysis); iv) Evaluate the economic value of ecosystem services, the added value of these bioindicators; v) Develop and implement effective communication strategies to engage the European public around issues associated with the sustainability of soil biodiversity. The overall concept of the project is to develop and integrate the following activities: i) Decipher the links between soil biodiversity, activities, functioning and ecosystem services; ii) Combine three types of approach: observation, experimentation, and computation; iii) Assess the impact of environmental conditions; iv) Integrate information on microbes, fauna and plant communities and analyse how these compartments interact. The general hypotheses are: changes in soil biodiversity indicate the direction and rate of changes in soil functions and associated ecosystem services; application of cost-effective bioindicators brings an economic added value to sustainable soil management.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2010
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 117 573,35
Administrative Contact
Philippe Lemanceau (Dr.)

Participants (27)

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 590 400,25
Address
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
SN2 1EU Swindon Wiltshire
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mark Jonathan Bailey (Prof.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 783 737
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Britt Sønberg Vilstrup (Ms.)
ECT OEKOTOXIKOLOGIE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 312 264,55
Address
Bottgerstrasse 2-14
65439 Florsheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anja Coors (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET ZU KOELN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 123 881
Address
Albertus Magnus Platz
50931 Koeln
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael Bonkowski (Prof.)
INRAE TRANSFERT SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 330 022
Address
Rue Du Docteur Finlay 28
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tuong Bao Diep (Dr.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 75 407
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
David Walker (Mr.)
MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 150 637
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Katarina Hedlund (Prof.)
KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 597 273
Address
Kloveniersburgwal 29 Het Trippenhuis
1011 JV Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Erwin Van De Ridder (Mr.)
RIJKSINSTITUUT VOOR VOLKSGEZONDHEID EN MILIEU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 180 491
Address
Antonie Van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9
3721 MA Bilthoven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Michiel Rutgers (Dr.)
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 168 040
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sara Hallin (Dr.)
Agricultural Catchments Programme
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 277 963
Address
Oak Park
R93 Carlow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mairead Esmonde (Ms.)
IMAR - INSTITUTO DO MAR
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 249 888,39
Address
Rua Prof Dr Frederico Machado 4 Departamento De Oceanografia E Pescas Univ Dos Acores
9901-862 Horta
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
João Carlos Marques (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 87 778
Address
Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
10124 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paola Bonfante (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 186 908
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Donal Doolan (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 161 345
Address
King's College Regent Walk
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anderson Crystal (Ms.)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 850,80
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Keith Cann (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 82 753
Address
Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sarah Taylor (Dr.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 408 643
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lijbert Brussaard (Prof.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 495 224
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jack Faber (Dr.)
CENTRUM SPOLOCENSKYCH A PSYCHOLOGICKYCH VIED SLOVENSKEJ AKADEMIE VIED

Participation ended

Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 38 201,93
Address
Sancova 56
811 05 Bratislava
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Tatiana Kluvankova Oravska (Dr.)
CHINA AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 8 000
Address
Yuanmingyuan Xilu 2 Haidian District
100193 Beijing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jianbo Shen (Prof.)
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 60 000
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Franc štampar (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SASSARI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 12 500
Address
Piazza Universita 21
07100 Sassari
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pier Paolo Roggero (Prof.)
ASOCIACION BC3 BASQUE CENTRE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE - KLIMA ALDAKETA IKERGAI
Spain
EU contribution
€ 231 376,66
Address
Edificio 1 Planta 1 Parque Cientifico De Upv/ehu Barrio Sarriena
48940 Leioa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Julen Ugalde (Mr.)
SRUC
United Kingdom
Address
West Mains Road
EH9 3JG Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael Smith (Dr.)
USTAV EKOLOGIE LESA SLOVENSKEJ AKADEMIE VIED
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 52 148,07
Address
Sturova 2
960 53 Zvolen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Tatiana Kluvankova-Oravska (Prof.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 216 624
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liz Fay (Ms.)