The TALE project was funded through the 2013-2014 BiodivERsA/FACCE-JPI joint call for research proposals, with the national funders German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), The Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness and the National Research Programme ‘Sustainable Use of Soil as a Resource’ (NRP 68) of the Swiss, National Science Foundation.