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Hook a Worm to Catch a Man: Tracking Historical and Recent Human Settlement, Land use and Migration in Neotropical Rainforests using Ecosystem Engineers

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Project "HOOKaWORM" data sheet

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Organization address
address: NEWPORT ROAD 30-36
postcode: CF24 ODE

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 261˙599 €
 EC max contribution 261˙599 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-05-01   to  2018-04-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    CARDIFF UNIVERSITY UK (CARDIFF) coordinator 261˙599.00
2    Centro Nacional de Pesquisa de Florestas BR (Colombo) partner 0.00


 Project objective

The anthropologic and archaeological study of pre-Columbian people of the Amazonian basin has revealed sophisticated agriculture practices. Notwithstanding the absence of historical written records the biological evidence of these practices remains in the remarkable biodiversity of the Amazonian 'dark earths' (ADEs) or “Terra Preta do Indio” produced by ancient civilisations to promote highly productive and sustainable agriculture. Promoting the interdisciplinary connection between anthropology, soil ecology and genomics the applicant will be able to investigate both the relationship of ADEs to the associated extant biodiversity, reveal details of past and current anthropogenic impact on the natural surroundings, as well as new clues regarding settlement dynamics over a large part of Brazil. The applicant and the supporting team will accomplish this by: a) Assessing the current soil biodiversity assemblages to gain knowledge about the functioning and potential role of soil ecosystem engineers, organic matter and nutrients to the formation of these extremely fertile soils; this novel approach will aid in understanding the origin and sustainable management of ADEs as well as highly weathered and acid soils under humid tropical conditions. b) Using DNA barcoding to describe the diversity of the ecosystem engineer community associated with past and recent Amerindian settlements throughout the Amazonian basin. c) Using genomics of a peregrine species closely related with human landscape domestication to mirror the human exchanges and flow among the Neotropical rainforest associated with the migration of Amazonian Indians. This will be achieved by integrating the state-of-the-art methods in invertebrate morphology, molecular genetics, and computational analyses with incorporation of pre-existent and new ecological, anthropological and environmental metadata sustained by a multidisciplinary collaborative network.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Luis Cunha, George G. Brown, David W. G. Stanton, Elodie Da Silva, Fabricio A. Hansel, Gabriella Jorge, Doyle McKey, Pablo Vidal-Torrado, Rodrigo S. Macedo, Elena Velasquez, Samuel W. James, Patrick Lavelle, Peter Kille
Soil Animals and Pedogenesis
published pages: 110-125, ISSN: 0038-075X, DOI: 10.1097/SS.0000000000000144
Soil Science 181/3/4 2019-06-18
2017 Ana C. Conrado, Hugo Arruda, David W.G. Stanton, Samuel W. James, Peter Kille, George Brown, Elodie Silva, Lise Dupont, Shabnam Taheri, Andrew J. Morgan, Nelson Simões, Armindo Rodrigues, Rafael Montiel, Luis Cunha
The complete mitochondrial DNA sequence of the pantropical earthworm Pontoscolex corethrurus (Rhinodrilidae, Clitellata): Mitogenome characterization and phylogenetic positioning
published pages: 1-13, ISSN: 1313-2989, DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.688.13721
ZooKeys 688 2019-06-18
2017 L. Cunha, A. Thornber, P. Kille, A.J. Morgan, M. Novo
A large set of microsatellites for the highly invasive earthworm Amynthas corticis predicted from low coverage genomes
published pages: 152-155, ISSN: 0929-1393, DOI: 10.1016/j.apsoil.2017.05.029
Applied Soil Ecology 119 2019-06-18

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