MOLTER (MOLecular structures as drivers and tracers of TERrestrial C fluxes ) is an ESF-funded Research Networking Programme for the 2008-2013 period. MOLTER aims at stimulating European research on isotopic and organic chemistry exploration of carbon stabilization and biogeochemistry in terrestrial ecosystems and soils in particular. This is done primarily by the funding of scientific exchange visits, workshops, conferences and summer schools which address molecular soil organic matter themes.

Our understanding of the formation, stabilisation and decomposition of complex organic compounds in the environment (e.g., organic matter in plants, litter, soils and water) is currently being revolutionized by advanced techniques in identification, quantification, and origin tracing of functional groups and individual molecules. MOLTER promotes exchanges of ideas on emerging concepts and paradigms in this important field of research. In particular, MOLTER recognizes the need to further promote research on the:

  • Continued development of new analytical techniques,
  • Inter-comparison of results from different techniques,
  • Creation of molecular databases on studied ecosystems.

Development of molecular modelling from soil to ecosystem levels.
The MOLTER Networking Programme started in Feburary 2008. See what Activities have been funded so far from the program.

Participating countries are Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. New countries are welcome to join!


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