Decomposition of organic material in the soil that is crucial for the growth and metabolism of plants and microorganisms, is the focal point of this research project. Plants take up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) during photosynthesis. Organisms such as fungi, bacteria mites and earthworms living in the soil decompose the dead plant material and release carbon dioxide (CO2) back into the atmosphere. This is why it is of such great importance to achieve a better understanding of the role of microorganism in the decomposition process, which is the objective of the TeaTime4Schools project.
TeaTime4Schools is funded by Sparkling Science, a research programme of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy. The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES), Open Science – Life Sciences in Dialogue and the HBLA for Viticulture and Pomology Klosterneuburg will cooperate and run the joint project from the beginning of September 2017 to the end of August 2019.