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Axis 1: Ecosystems, biodiversity and evolution

Thematic axis 1 is geared towards the description and comprehension of various biotic modules – soil, plants, bodies of water, atmosphere - their processes and interactions (bio/geo/chemical cycles).

It is also geared towards the comprehension and prediction of the evolution of life, of the natural dynamics of ecosystems and of biodiversity as well as their reactions to the pressures of mankind and climate.

Finally, the research would provide the necessary scientific support for the management and sustainable utilization of biodiversity and ecosystems and associated policies. This theme will allow the establishment of monitoring or surveillance if this should prove useful in the context of the research.

[The description of the axis as mentioned in the note to the Council of Ministers]

Projects:

 

Network projects of the call 2016

MICROBIAN
Microbiome diversity and function in the Sør Rondane Mountains, East Antarctica

  • Duration of the project:
  • Budget: 853.304€
  • Coordinator: VYVERMAN Wim (UGent)       
  • Promotors: WILMOTTE Annick (ULg), WILLEMS Anne (UGent), VANHELLEMONT Quinten, VAN DE PUTTE Anton (IRSNB-KBIN), VAN DE VIJVER Bart (JBM-PM)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VANCAUWENBERGHE Maaike

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

TrIAS
Tracking Invasive Alien Species: Building a data-driven framework to inform policy

  • Duration of the project:
  • Budget: 720.619€
  • Coordinator: GROOM Quentin (JBM-PM)       
  • Promotors: ADRIAENS Tim (INBO), TERMONIA Piet (IRM-KMI), EGGERMONT Hilde (IRSNB-KBIN), LENS Luc (UGent), VAN DE KERKHOVE Ruben (VITO), VAN HOEY Gert (ILVO), VERLEYE Thomas (VLIZ), MONTY Arnaud (ULg), JACQUEMART Anne-Laure (UCL), BARBIER Yvan (SPW), ROELANDT Sophie (CERVA-CODA)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VAN DER WERF Aline

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

Forestflow
Shifting the balance? Dissolved carbon fluxes from forests under future rainfall regimes

  • Duration of the project:
  • Budget: 754.408€
  • Coordinator: JANSSENS Ivan (UAntwerpen)       
  • Promotors: WILLEMS Patrick (KULeuven), VINCKE Caroline (UCL), TERMONIA Piet (IRM-KMI)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VAN DER WERF Aline

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

ORCA
A comparative analysis of ORganic and Conventional Agriculture’s impact on aquatic biodiversity

  • Duration of the project:
  • Budget: 393.514€
  • Coordinator: DE MEESTER Luc (KULeuven)     
  • Promotors: MARTENS Koen (IRSNB-KBIN), LOUETTE Gerald (INBO)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VAN DER WERF Aline

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

PERSUADE
ExPERimental approaches towards Future Sustainable Use of North Sea Artificial HarD SubstratEs

  • Duration of the project:
  • Budget: 488.889€
  • Coordinator: DEGRAER Steven VANAVERBEKE Jan (IRSNB-KBIN)
  • Promotors: MOENS Tom SOETAERT, Karline VANCOLEN Carl (UGent), CATTRIJSSE Andre (VLIZ)
  • BELSPO programme manager: COX David

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

 

Network projects of the call 2015

FACE-It
Functional biodiversity in a Changing sedimentary Environment: Implications for biogeochemistry and food webs in a managerial setting

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2015 - 15/03/2020
  • Budget: 973.650€
  • Coordinator: DEGRAER Steven, DE MESEL Ilse, VANAVERBEKE Jan (IRSNB-KBIN)          
  • Promotors: MOENS Tom (UGent), VAN HOEY Gert (ILVO), GRÉGOIRE Marilaure (ULg)
  • BELSPO programme manager: COX David

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

HIPE
Human impacts on ecosystem health and resources of Lake Edward

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2015 - 15/03/2020
  • Budget: 997.897€
  • Coordinator: BORGES Alberto (ULg)
  • Promotors: BOUILLON Steven (KULeuven), SNOEKS Jos (MRAC-KMMA), DE MERODE Emmanuel (Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature, Parc National des Virunga), OKELLO William, ODONGKARA Konstantine (National Fisheries Resources Research Institute, Jinja)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VAN DER WERF Aline

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

RECTO
Refugia and Ecosystem Tolerance in the Southern Ocean

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2015 - 15/03/2020
  • Budget: 1.673.532€
  • Coordinator: SCHON Isa, VAN DE PUTTE Anton (IRSNB-KBIN)
  • Promotors: DANIS Bruno, DUBOIS Philippe, DE RIDDER Chantal (ULB), LEPOINT Gilles, FREDERICH Bruno (ULg), KOCHZIUS Marc (VUB), VANREUSEL Ann, LELIAERT Frederik (UGent), VOLCKAERT Filip (KULeuven)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VANCAUWENBERGHE Maaike

Documentation

RespirIT
Assessing spatio-temporal relationships between respiratory health and biodiversity using individual wearable technology

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2015 - 15/03/2020
  • Budget: 1.411.006€
  • Coordinator: SOMERS Ben, VAN ORSHOVEN Jos (KULeuven)
  • Promotors: DENDONCKER Nicolas, LINARD Catherine (UNamur), HENDRICKX Marijke, VAN NIEUWENHUYSE An (ISP-WIV), NAWROT Tim (UHasselt), DELCLOO Andy, HAMDI Rafiq (IRM-KMI), AERTS Jean-Marie (KULeuven)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VAN DER WERF Aline

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

 

Network projects of the call 2013

AFRIFORD
Genetic and paleoecological signatures of African rainforest dynamics: pre-adapted to change?

  • Duration of the project: 01/12/2013 - 28/02/2018
  • Budget: 1.158.172 €
  • Coordinator: HARDY Olivier (ULB)          
  • Promotors: VERSCHUREN Dirk (UGent); BEECKMAN Hans (MRAC-KMMA); FRANCOIS Louis (ULg)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VAN DER WERF Aline

Documentation

 

BELBEES
Multidiciplinary assessment of BELgian wild BEE decline to adapt mitigation management policy

  • Duration of the project: 01/12/2013 - 28/02/2018
  • Budget: 1.311.899€
  • Coordinator : RASMONT Pierre (UMONS)                                                          
  • Promotors: BOEVÉ Jean-Luc (KBIN); DE GRAAF Dirk (UGent); DENDONCKER Nicolas (UNamur); DUFRÊNE Marc (ULg); SMAGGHE Guy (UGent)
  • BELSPO programme manager: JAMART Georges

Documentation

 

FORBIO CLIMATE
Adaptation potential of biodiverse forests in the face of climate change

  • Duration of the project: 01/12/2013 - 28/02/2018
  • Budget: 1.013.618€
  • Coordinator : VERHEYEN Kris (UGent)               
  • Promotors: MUYS Bart (KULeuven); CARNOL Monique (ULg); PONETTE Quentin (UCL); HAMDI Rafiq (IRM-KMI)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VAN DER WERF Aline

Documentation

GENBAS
Behavioral and genomic aspects of cichlid speciation

  • Duration of the project: 01/12/2013 - 28/02/2018
  • Budget: 1.043.298€
  • Coordinator : VERHEYEN Erik (IRSNB-KBIN)                                                        
  • Promotors: VAN HOUDT Jeroen (KULeuven); SNOEKS Jos (MRAC-KMMA); PONCIN Pascal (ULg)
  • BELSPO programme manager: COX David

Documentation

 

VERSO
Ecosystem Responses to global change: a multiscale approach in the Southern Ocean    

  • Duration of the project: 01/12/2013 - 28/02/2018
  • Budget: 1.239.038€
  • Coordinator : DANIS Bruno (ULB)                        
  • Promotors: VANREUSEL Ann (UGent); VOLCKAERT Filip (KULeuven); DEHAIRS Frank (VUB); LEPOINT Gilles (ULg); VAN DE PUTTE Anton (IRSNB-KBIN)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VAN DER WERF Aline

Documentation

Pioneer project of the call 2013

TILAPIA
Tracing fish Introductions and LAteral Parasite transfer to Indigenous Aquatic fauna

  • Duration of the project: 01/10/2013 - 31/12/2015
  • Budget: 149.100€
  • Promotor: HUYSE Tine (MRAC-KMMA)
  • BELSPO programme manager: JAMART Georges

Documentation

 

MELATIN-PRV
Mechanisms contributing to pseudorabies virus latency induction in domestic pigs in vivo.

  • Duration of the project: 01/10/2013 - 31/12/2015
  • Budget: 139.063€
  • Promotor: DE REGGE Nick (CODA-CERVA)
  • BELSPO programme manager: JAMART Georges

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

PASTREE
New Plant Architectural Strategies and TerrestRialisation patterns in the Early Eifelian.

  • Duration of the project: 01/10/2013 - 31/12/2015
  • Budget: 150.000€
  • Promotor: GODEFROIT Pascal (IRSNB-KBIN)
  • BELSPO programme manager: JAMART Georges

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

Pioneer project of the call 2012

GENESORT
Is evolution repeatable? Introducing novel tools to unravel the genetics of parallel radiations

  • Duration of the project: 01/10/2013 - 31/12/2015
  • Budget: 149.978€
  • Promotor: HENDRICKX Frederik (IRSNB-KBIN)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VAN DER WERF Aline

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

 

Projects funded in the frame of the ERA-NET Biodiversa

BIO-Tide-BE
The role of microbial biodiversity in the functioning of marine tidal flat sediments

  • Duration of the project:  
  • Budget: 226.000 €
  • Coordinator: SABBE Koen (UGent)
  • BELSPO programme manager:

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

BIOVEINS-BE
Connectivity of green and blue infrastructures: living veins for biodiverse and healthy cities

  • Duration of the project:  
  • Budget: 239.200 €
  • Coordinator: SAMSON Roeland (UAntwerpen)
  • BELSPO programme manager:

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

CLIMARCTIC-BE
Climate change impacts on Arctic soil and lake microbiomes

  • Duration of the project:  
  • Budget: 230.000 €
  • Coordinator: VERLEYEN Elie (UGent)
  • BELSPO programme manager:

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

FUNGREEN-BE
Functional connectivity and green infrastructure

  • Duration of the project:  
  • Budget: 200.000 €
  • Promotor: HONNAY Olivier (KU Leuven)
  • BELSPO programme manager:

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

IMAGINE-BE
Integrative Management of Green Infrastructures Multifunctionality, Ecosystem integrity and Ecosystem Services: From assessment to regulation in socio-ecological systems

  • Duration of the project:  
  • Budget: 226.000 €
  • Promotor: DE BLUST Geert (INBO)
  • BELSPO programme manager:

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

REPEAT-BE
REstoration and prognosis of PEAT formation in fens – linking diversity in plant functional traits to soil biological and biogeochemical processes

  • Duration of the project:  
  • Budget: 239.200 €
  • Promotor: VAN DIGGELEN Ruurd (UAntwerpen)
  • BELSPO programme manager:

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

SoilForEUROPE-BE
Predicting European forest soil biodiversity and its functioning under climate change

  • Duration of the project:  
  • Budget: 182.000 €
  • Promotor: VRANKEN Liesbet (KU Leuven)
  • BELSPO programme manager:

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

URBANGAIA-BE
Managing urban Biodiversity and Green Infrastructure to increase city resilience

  • Duration of the project:  
  • Budget: 182.000 €
  • Promotor: JACOBS Sander (INBO)
  • BELSPO programme manager:

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

UrbanMycoserve-BE
Understanding and Managing Urban Ectomycorrhizal Fungi Communities to Increase the Health and Ecosystem Service Provisioning of Urban Trees

  • Duration of the project:  
  • Budget: 275.000 €
  • Coordinator: HONNAY Olivier (KU Leuven)
  • BELSPO programme manager:

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

WOODNET-BE
Connectivity patterns and processes along a gradient of European landscapes with woody vegetation and spatial heterogeneity

  • Duration of the project:  
  • Budget: 236.407 €
  • Promotor: HANCE Thierry (UCL)
  • BELSPO programme manager:

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

DIARS-BE
Detection of plant invasive species and assessment of their impact on ecosystem properties through remote sensing.

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2013 - 14/12/2016                                           
  • Budget: 211.048 €
  • Promotor: HONNAY O.  (KULeuven)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VAN DER WERF Aline

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

EXOTIC-BE
EXperimentally Orientated genomics to Tackle Insects adaptive Challenges during bioinvasions: the ladybird Harmonia axyridis as a model species.

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2013 - 14/12/2016
  • Budget: 99.122 €
  • Coordinator: VERHEGGEN F. (ULg)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VAN DER WERF Aline

Documentation

INVAXEN-BE
INVAsive biology of XENopus laievis in Europe ecology, impact and predictive models

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2013 - 14/12/2016
  • Budget: 187.919 €
  • Coordinator: BACKELJAU Thierry (IRSNB-KBIN)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VAN DER WERF Aline

Documentation

RESIPATH-BE
Responses of Europena Forests and Society to Invasive Pathogens

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2013 - 14/12/2016
  • Budget: 201.911 €
  • Coordinator: HEUNGENS Kurt (ILVO)
  • BELSPO programme manager: VAN DER WERF Aline

Documentation

 

Projects funded in the frame of JPI Oceans

EPHEMARE
Ecotoxicological effects of microplastics in marine ecosystems

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2015 - 15/03/2019
  • Budget: 200.000 €
  • Coordinator: BLUST Ronny (UAntwerpen)
  • BELSPO programme manager: COX David

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

 

PLASTOX
Direct and indirect ecotoxicological impacts of microplastics on marine organisms.

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2015 - 15/03/2019
  • Budget: 200.000 €
  • Coordinator: MOENS Tom (UGent)
  • BELSPO programme manager: COX David

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

WEATHER-MIC
How microplastic weathering changes its transport, fate and toxicity in the marine environment

  • Duration of the project: 15/12/2015 - 15/03/2019
  • Budget: 200.000€
  • Coordinator: TOORMAN Erik (KULeuven)
  • BELSPO programme manager: COX David

Documentation

  • Project description
  • Project website
  • Fedra

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