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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.
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Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

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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)

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NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 590 400,25

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 783 737

ECT Oekotoxikologie GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 312 264,55

UNIVERSITAET ZU KOELN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 123 881

INRA TRANSFERT S.A.

France

EU Contribution

€ 330 022

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 75 407

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 150 637

KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 597 273

RIJKSINSTITUUT VOOR VOLKSGEZONDHEID EN MILIEU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 180 491

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 168 040

TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 277 963

IMAR- INSTITUTO DO MAR

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 249 888,39

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 87 778

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 186 908

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 161 345

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 850,80

UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 82 753

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 408 643

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 495 224

CENTRUM SPOLOCENSKYCH A PSYCHOLOGICKYCH VIED SLOVENSKEJ AKADEMIE VIED

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 38 201,93

CHINA AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY

China

EU Contribution

€ 8 000

UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 60 000

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SASSARI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 12 500

ASOCIACION BC3 BASQUE CENTRE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE - KLIMA ALDAKETA IKERGAI

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 231 376,66

SRUC

United Kingdom

USTAV EKOLOGIE LESA SLOVENSKEJ AKADEMIE VIED

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 52 148,07

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 216 624

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 264465

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2011

  • End date

    31 December 2014

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 985 223,51

  • EU contribution

    € 6 999 930

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France