Microbes 4 Climate

Global changes substantially pressure terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystems, presenting significant threats to agricultural and forestry systems. Climate Change stands out among these changes as a major concern, closely linked with biodiversity loss and ecosystem service degradation. Despite being a key life support system of the biosphere, microbes are often overlooked in the context of Climate Change, and our understanding of their responses to these changes remains limited. The impact of Climate Change on the assembly and functions of microbiomes, as well as their interactions with plants and soil and their effects on plant performance and productivity, are still poorly understood.

MICROBES-4-CLIMATE is a five-year Horizon Europe project, with a consortium of 31 committed partners from 13 countries, which aims to fill these knowledge gaps by granting researchers across various fields efficient access to a diverse array of world-class Research Infrastructures across Europe and beyond. These infrastructures offer integrated, advanced services, training, and scientific/technical support. At the heart of the M4C project lies an excellence-driven Transnational Access (TNA) Programme, empowering users to engage in curiosity-driven research to explore the complex interactions among microbiomes, plants, soil, and the environment in the context of Climate Change. The ultimate goal of the TNA programme is to encourage collaboration, drive innovation, and expedite scientific progress by facilitating researchers’ access to and utilization of state-of-the-art resources.

LifeWatch ERIC plays an important role in the MICROBES-4-CLIMATE project by facilitating access to advanced infrastructures and services, fostering interdisciplinary, curiosity-driven research crucial for attaining the project’s objectives.

Bulgaria

The Bulgarian National Distributed Centre is represented by the  Agricultural University-Plovdiv.

To know more about how Bulgaria contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Spain

The Spanish National Distributed Centre is supported by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, the Regional Government of Andalusia and the Guadalquivir River Basin Authority (Ministry for Ecological Transition-MITECO). Moreover, Spain is the hosting Member State of LifeWatch ERIC, the location of its Statutory Seat & ICT e-Infrastructure Technical Office (LifeWatch ERIC Common Facilities). 

To know more about how Spain contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Slovenia

The Slovenian National Distributed Centre is led by the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU). It focuses on the development of technological solutions in the field of biodiversity and socio-ecosystem research.

To know more about how Slovenia contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Portugal

The Portuguese National Distributed Centre is managed by PORBIOTA, the Portuguese e-Infrastructure for Information and Research on Biodiversity. Led by BIOPOLIS/CIBIO-InBIO – Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, PORBIOTA connects the principal Portuguese research institutions working in biodiversity.

To know more about how Portugal contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Netherlands

The Dutch National Distributed Centre is hosted by the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam. Moreover, The Netherlands hosts one of the LifeWatch ERIC Common Facilities, the Virtual Laboratory and Innovation Centre.

To know more about how The Netherlands contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Italy

The Italian National Distributed Centre is led and managed by the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and is coordinated by a Joint Research Unit, currently comprising 35 members. Moreover, Italy hosts one of the LifeWatch ERIC Common Facilities, the Service Centre.

To know more about how Italy contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Greece

The Greek National Distributed Centre is funded by the Greek General Secretariat of Research and Technology and is coordinated by the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, in conjunction with 47 associated partner institutions.

To know more about how Greece contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Belgium

The Belgian National Distributed Centre makes varied and complementary in-kind contributions to LifeWatch ERIC. These are implemented in the form of long-lasting projects by various research centres and universities distributed throughout the country and supported by each respective political authority.

To know more about how Belgium contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.