Opendata, web and dolomites


Elucidating the molecular and biophysical mechanism of coral calcification in view of the future acidified ocean

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






 Ca2Coral project word cloud

Explore the words cloud of the Ca2Coral project. It provides you a very rough idea of what is the project "Ca2Coral" about.

aragonite    compartments    organisms    unless    organic    matrix    calcium    biomineralisation    skeletal    concentrate    combination    zooxanthellate    emissions    reaction    imaging    nucleation    lines    proteins    below    continue    mechanism    enigmatic    expression    mineral    largely    group    hypothesis    core    calcify    models    genomic    resolution    cloned    calcification    larval    skeleton    responsible    basic    ions    biophysical    roles    stony    vitro    biological    corals    precipitation    thermodynamic    inquiry    sufficient    precipitate    seawater    line    spectroscopic    material    ultra    adult    ph    genes       stylophora    clear    carbonate    projected    parallel    cell    ignored    considerations    exposed    vivo    ca2coral    equilibrium    holobiont    otherwise    elucidate    co2    anions    geochemist    genetics    levels    wounded    acidic    decades    scenarios    genomics    molecular    pistillata    functional    coral    emerged    2100    although    chemistry    precursor   

Project "Ca2Coral" data sheet

The following table provides information about the project.


Organization address
city: HAIFA
postcode: 31905

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 Israel [IL]
 Total cost 1˙499˙741 €
 EC max contribution 1˙499˙741 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-01-01   to  2022-12-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA IL (HAIFA) coordinator 1˙499˙741.00


 Project objective

Although various aspects of biomineralisation in corals have been studied for decades, the basic mechanism of precipitation of the aragonite skeleton remains enigmatic. Two parallel lines of inquiry have emerged: geochemist models of calcification that are directly related to seawater carbonate chemistry at thermodynamic equilibrium. Here, the role of the organisms in the precipitation reaction is largely ignored. The second line is based on biological considerations of the biomineralisation process, which focuses on models of biophysical processes far from thermodynamic equilibrium that concentrate calcium ions, anions and proteins responsible for nucleation in specific compartments. Recently, I identified and cloned a group of highly acidic proteins derived the common stony coral, Stylophora pistillata. All of the cloned proteins precipitate aragonite in seawater at pH 8.2 and 7.6 in-vitro. However, it is not at all clear if the expression of these proteins in-vivo is sufficient for the formation of an aragonite skeleton at seawater pH values below ~7.8. Here using a combination of molecular, biophysical, genomic, and cell biological approaches, we proposed to test the core hypothesis that, unless wounded or otherwise having skeletal material exposed directly to seawater, stony zooxanthellate corals will continue to calcify at pH values projected for the CO2 emissions scenarios for 2100. Specifically, the objectives of Ca2Coral are to: 1) Use functional genomics to identify the key genes and proteins involved both in the organic matrix and skeleton formation in the adult holobiont and during its larval development. 2) Use a genetics approach to elucidate the roles of specific proteins in the biomineralisation process. 3) Use ultra-high resolution imaging and spectroscopic analysis at different pH levels to elucidate the biomineralisation pathways and mineral precursor in corals in the adult holobiont and during its larval development.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Ra\'anan Laipnik, Veronica Bissi, Chang-Yu Sun, Giuseppe Falini, Pupa U.P.A. Gilbert, Tali Mass
Coral acid rich protein selects vaterite polymorph in vitro
published pages: 107431, ISSN: 1047-8477, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsb.2019.107431
Journal of Structural Biology 2020-01-29
2018 Anat Akiva, Maayan Neder, Keren Kahil, Rotem Gavriel, Iddo Pinkas, Gil Goobes, Tali Mass
Minerals in the pre-settled coral Stylophora pistillata crystallize via protein and ion changes
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-04285-7
Nature Communications 9/1 2019-11-11
2019 Maayan Neder, Pierre Philippe Laissue, Anat Akiva, Derya Akkaynak, Marie Albéric, Oliver Spaeker, Yael Politi, Iddo Pinkas, Tali Mass
Mineral formation in the primary polyps of pocilloporoid corals
published pages: 631-645, ISSN: 1742-7061, DOI: 10.1016/j.actbio.2019.07.016
Acta Biomaterialia 96 2019-11-11

Are you the coordinator (or a participant) of this project? Plaese send me more information about the "CA2CORAL" 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 "CA2CORAL" are provided by the European Opendata Portal: CORDIS opendata.

More projects from the same programme (H2020-EU.1.1.)

Photopharm (2020)

Photopharmacology: From Academia toward the Clinic.

Read More  

DimorphicCircuits (2019)

Elucidating the development of sexually-dimorphic circuits: from molecular mechanisms to synapses and behavior

Read More  

VictPart (2019)

Righting Victim Participation in Transitional Justice

Read More