Geenimustrite kasutamine bioloogilise luubina (BLUEPRINT)
Sustainable management practice of the Baltic Sea depends on a fundamental knowledge and definition of this ecosystem, enabling a prediction of its ecological status and balance. Current descriptors in Baltic Sea monitoring to assess biologically driven processes are largely focusing on structural components and do not adequately cover this demand. A general understanding exists that new indicators representing distinct biogeochemical processes are needed, but they remain undeveloped. Baltic Sea nutrient biogeochemistry is practically driven by bacterioplankton and forms the foundation for food web processes. Incorporation of a functional microbial profile can therefore improve Baltic biogeochemistry models and complement existing environmental indicators applied by HELCOM. Through experimentation and in situ analyses, this project will advance accordant knowledge based on the identification of key functional genes or general genetic metagenomic/-transcriptomic fingerprints determining distinct pelagic nutrient fluxes. The overarching goal is to link genetic BLUEPRINTs with specific environmental conditions in the Baltic Sea. On this basis, a novel and sensitive indicator for good environmental status will be developed and its practical applicability proven. This verified new descriptor will be integrated into and constrain current biogeochemical models, and finally guided into its political and practical implementation in environmental monitoring of the Baltic Sea.
|KTH Royal Institute of Technology||partner||Rootsi Kuningriik||TA asutus|
|Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde||partner||Saksamaa Liitvabariik||TA asutus|
|Linnaeus University||partner||Rootsi Kuningriik||ülikool|
|Stockholm University||partner||Rootsi Kuningriik||ülikool|
|University of Copenhagen||koordinaator||Taani Kuningriik||ülikool|
|University of Helsinki||partner||Soome Vabariik||ülikool|