CréBeo (Irish) = 'Living soil'
The primary objective of this project is to increase scientific knowledge of soil biodiversity in Ireland. This will lead to improved research capability and development of sustainable soil protection strategies. This is a large-scale project built on a framework of four integrated components:
- Providing baseline data on distribution, diversity and indicator value of key soil micro- and macro-organisms: soil bacteria, mycorrhizal fungi, nematodes, ants and earthworms.
- Assessing the effects of biosolids applications on selected organism in field experiments.
- Investigating the functions of selected keystone species of ammonia-oxidising bacteria, saprotrophic fungi, mycorrhizal fungi, and earthworms.
- Evaluating specific soil-dwelling ant habitats to determine the need for measures protecting threatened species.
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The CréBeo project is a collaborative effort involving nine scientists from three Irish universities – University College Dublin, National University of Ireland Maynooth, University of Limerick - and Teagasc. Three PhD students are receiving advanced training in soil biodiversity research in the course of this study.
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