Thursday, November 5, 2015

Final project report

In spite of the name of this post and the low activity lately on this blog, MicrObs is still alive and kicking, so please stay tuned to this blog. However, the funding generously provided by an IEF Marie Curie grant from the E.U. is now over and thus, a final report has been published, describing what we have achieved in the project so far. It has been two very interesting years and most of what was planned (and a lot more!), we have managed to carry out. However, dissemination through scientific articles have not been one of these things, so far, and is still going on. Also, there is still sequencing data being generated from our last sampling expeditions, that is waiting to be analysed. You will be able to read much more about this here in not much time...

Although the project is now officially over, I (Anders Lanzén) is happily staying with my host institute Neiker until further notice, as I have obtained a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (named after the notorious count Juan de la Cierva, nobleman, engineer and inventor of the famous helicopter-like gyroplane).  As we are finalising the dissemination of results from MicrObs, we are also planning for the future of its Microbial Observatory established in the Pyrenées, aiming to secure more funding to be able to maintain this and carry out more work on microbial biogeography and climate change.

If you want to read a about our results to date, you can download the final project report here. Figures from the report below.