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Queen’s Staff Awarded Collaborative Funding

28/10/2015


Joint Mobility and Planning Projects Scheme Results

Research Development are pleased to announce the results of the 2015 round of the Joint Mobility and Planning Projects (JMPP) scheme which is operated in partnership with the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).

This scheme aims to facilitate and support international research based engagement between staff at Queen’s and their colleagues based at Higher Education Institutions in São Paulo State, Brazil. The intention of the scheme is to foster the creation of sustainable relationships and lead to the development of large scale research funding applications.

This year, under the second annual call as part of a five-year partnership, Queen’s staff have received two awards of £20,000 each to work with researchers from Brazil in the areas of food security and palaeoecology.

Dr Paul Williams, based in the Institute of Global Food Security (IGFS) at Queen’s University Belfast will work with Dr Amauri Antonio Menegário from the Centre for Environmental Studies at Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) in Rio Claro on a project that aims to enhance our capability to predict the availability of toxic trace elements in field crops.

The investigators will work together to employ the diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) technique to better understand the diffusion of three most common toxic metals (Arsenic, Lead and Cadmium) in key field crop soils in São Paulo State (Sugarcane and Soybean) and Northern Ireland (Potato and Barley).

This project will contribute to enhanced diagnostic capabilities, the development of new sampling and assessment techniques, closer working relationships between researchers and regulatory bodies as well as an international collaboration that leads to research grant applications.

Dr Helen Roe from the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology will collaborate with Dr Daniel Lahr from the Department of Zoology at Universidade de São Paulo on a project that seeks to better understand the response of shelled protozoans to environmental stress.

Drawing upon their expertise in evolutionary biology and palaeoecology, the investigators will develop novel interdisciplinary methodologies combining molecular and genetic analyses with advanced imagery and 3D modelling to enhance our understanding of the functional traits of testate amoebae and how these can contribute to responses to environmental changes.

This project will result in the development novel methodologies in this emerging field, a robust assessment of the potential use of 3D modelling, a sustainable collaborative relationship and future grant applications.

For more information regarding the JMPP scheme and the successful applicants please see the following links:

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