Opendata, web and dolomites


The role of aquatic hyphomycete spores in headwater stream food webs: a food quality approach.

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






 Spor-oikos project word cloud

Explore the words cloud of the Spor-oikos project. It provides you a very rough idea of what is the project "Spor-oikos" about.

fluxes    disciplines    mediated    cycling    iuml    train    molecules    researcher    hidden    nitrogen    mainly    acids    ensured    water    functioning    hence    nutrient    interactions    cues    fungal    designed    lakes    shape    theories    spots    functional    ecology    forested    biology    spores    contribution    microbially    microbial    unknown    quality    organisms    efficiency    chemical    energy    expertise    molecular    fatty    ecological    nutrients    relies    detritus    scientific    terrestrial    progressively    sporulation    streams    trophic    countries    insights    successfully    carbon    headwater    hyphomycetes    human    theory    experimentally    hyphomycete    transfer    last    spor    food    producer    freshwater    communities    biochemical    elemental    aquatic    phosphorus    articulate    flow    blind    interaction    unveil    understand    career    possibilities    inducing    kos    overlooked    scientists    global    pivotal    eutrophication    ecosystems    ratios    experiments    webs    carefully    laboratories    sterols    biotic    stream   

Project "Spor-oikos" data sheet

The following table provides information about the project.


Organization address
postcode: 3001 451

contact info
title: n.a.
name: n.a.
surname: n.a.
function: n.a.
email: n.a.
telephone: n.a.
fax: n.a.

 Coordinator Country Portugal [PT]
 Project website
 Total cost 160˙635 €
 EC max contribution 160˙635 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-01   to  2019-08-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA PT (COIMBRA) coordinator 160˙635.00


 Project objective

The functioning of forested headwater streams relies on microbially-mediated processes ensured mainly by aquatic hyphomycetes. They are pivotal systems for human and other biotic communities as they provide water, carbon, and nutrients. The scientific objectives of the Spor-oïkos project are to experimentally investigate: i) the chemical cues inducing aquatic hyphomycetes' sporulation, and ii) the functional role of aquatic hyphomycete spores in headwater food webs, both being blind spots in freshwater ecology. By applying a food quality approach and merging different scientific disciplines and theories (molecular biology, biochemical and elemental theories), this project will unveil a potential hidden pathway of nutrient and carbon (C) flow, offering new insights on the microbial contribution to large scale C fluxes. The biochemical theory studies the ecological role of essential molecules, mainly essential fatty acids and sterols. It is applied to investigate the efficiency of C transfer in trophic interactions. The elemental theory studies how the ratios of elements in organisms (e.g. C, Phosphorus and Nitrogen) shape their ecology and nutrient and energy fluxes in ecosystems. Both theories have successfully been applied to better understand the trophic interactions, and nutrient cycling in terrestrial and aquatic systems. In the last case, these theories have particularly been used to study the producer-consumer interaction in lakes, and it is just recently that they are being applied in detritus-based systems such as headwater streams. This work programme will be articulate by four experiments that have carefully been designed to progressively understand the overlooked importance of fungal spores in stream food webs, and the unknown effects of global changes (mainly eutrophication). Scientists from two high-level laboratories from two European countries will offer their expertise to train the researcher and hence open up the best possibilities for his career.

Are you the coordinator (or a participant) of this project? Plaese send me more information about the "SPOR-OIKOS" project.

For instance: the website url (it has not provided by EU-opendata yet), the logo, a more detailed description of the project (in plain text as a rtf file or a word file), some pictures (as picture files, not embedded into any word file), twitter account, linkedin page, etc.

Send me an  email ( and I put them in your project's page as son as possible.

Thanks. And then put a link of this page into your project's website.

The information about "SPOR-OIKOS" are provided by the European Opendata Portal: CORDIS opendata.

More projects from the same programme (H2020-EU.1.3.2.)

iRhomADAM (2020)

Uncovering the role of the iRhom2-ADAM17 interaction in inflammatory signalling

Read More  

POMOC (2019)

Charles IV and the power of marvellous objects

Read More  

SIMIS (2020)

Strongly Interacting Mass Imbalanced Superfluid with ultracold fermions

Read More