Terra Preta de Índio Network
This is our story
The collaborative network “Terra Preta de Índio Network” was established in 2015 under the grants NEWTON/RCUK–CONFAP Grant (NE/N000323/1: Newton Fund) and NERC-IOF grant (NE/M017656/1), bringing together researchers mainly from UK and Brazil, but also other Latin American countries, towards a unique objective: “unlock key ecological and archaeological questions related to the study of ‘Anthropogenic Ecosystems’ (AEs), in particular the influence shown on biodiversity and vice versa across Brazilian Biomes, using a multidisciplinary approach. By conducting high-quality interdisciplinary research using a suite of tiered interactions spanning from archaeology, through soil science and geochemistry to invertebrate and plant biodiversity. We intend to apply the full diversity of the ‘Omics ‘tool box’ including ancient DNA, environmental and ecological genomics approaches to unlock the relationship between Brazil’s biodiversity and the extensive pre-Colombian civilisations. We expect the TPI network to grow both in discipline and diversity of its international participants. The first collaborative event included researchers from across Latin America (Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela and French Guiana) together with researchers from USA, France, Spain and UK reflecting both that the AEs theme impact interest across South America together with highlighting the wider international curiosity in how ancient civilisations shaped millenary landscapes and biodiversity. The impacts of the network will be realized in four major spheres: 1) Knowledge and understanding; 2) Cross-disciplinary working; 3) International research collaboration; and, 4) land-use knowledge to assist sustainable intensification. The network provides an exceptional opportunity to overlay knowledge grounded in science-based archaeology with an understanding of soil science, microbiology and biodiversity to deliver a solution for society’s demand for food while cataloguing and protecting global biodiversity. The potential of this international collaborative venture is to unlock the secrets of how the pre-Columbian civilization created, which created enriched “gardens” and potentially rediscover ways of creating a contemporary equivalent human managed ecosystems.
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We are open to collaboration and one of our main goals is to support search for new funding. Feel free to get in touch with us. We will give you the attention deserved,
The TPInetwork is sourced on collaboration based on a complimentary expertise in molecular biology, bioinformatics, anthropology, archaeology, ancient DNA, microbiology, botany, soil science and environmental chemistry that together provide the foundation for project delivery. Our novel ideas are generated on a multidisciplinary approach in order to deliver far-reaching insights and impact.
One of the strengths of TPInetwork is that we apply the full diversity of the ‘Omics ‘tool box’ including ancient DNA, environmental and ecological genomics approaches to unlock the relationship between Brazil’s biodiversity and the extensive pre-Colombian civilisations.
Our team members are always looking forward to talk about what we do. It’s our intention to disseminate our work where it can be sought for, feel free to contact us about possibilities.