The Ministry of Science, Innovation and University has awarded a network of excellence to the Red Ecosoil, led by Jorge Curiel, Ikerbasque research professor at BC3


The Ministry of Science, Innovation and University has awarded a network of excellence to the Red Ecosoil, led by Jorge Curiel, Ikerbasque research professor at BC3.

The red, “Biodiversity, trophic levels and ecological interactions in the soil system and its relationship to ecosystem functioning and services” is the only project given to an ecology group.

 

Summary

Understanding the soil system is an enormous challenge that requires multidisciplinary consortia of experts from many different fields of knowledge, including ecology, diversity and structure of biological communities and their interactions, key biogeochemical processes and their interaction with the vegetation and their abiotic environment. The network ECOSOIL is a unique opportunity to bring these important and complementary disciplines together in a single project for a coordinated effort to understand the soil system. In this context, the main motivation of the ECOSOIL thematic network is to (i) integrate research and knowledge from a number of internationally renowned researchers in different fields of soil biology and biota-plant-soil relationships, and (ii) initiate a series of meetings and workshops focused on the generation of new synergies that generate much needed knowledge to help solve key environmental problems (eg. resilience to climate change, pollution, sustainable production). The spirit of this thematic network is to fill the knowledge void of the soil system through the development of a common language between the different disciplines that make up the consortium, encouraging collaboration between different thematic groups, harmonizing methodologies and planning new medium / long term experimental efforts. ECOSOIL further prioritizes the formation of the next generation of soil ecologists, capitalizing upon the unique and multidisciplinary context of the consortium. The ultimate goal of the network will be the internationalization of a pioneer research line in the study of soil ecology, whose hallmark is a holistic view for the generation of a system biology approach to the understanding of the of the soil biome

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