Adaptation of natural populations to pesticides
The use of pesticides in agriculture is common practice, but little is known about the long-term effects it has on off-target species such as freshwater zooplankton. The EU-funded MultiOmicsTox project aims to investigate how the prolonged presence of chemicals in the environment for many generations alters the genetic variation and affects molecular evolution. Researchers will study the evolution of Daphnia over a period of 120 years and link molecular changes with pesticide exposure. This will provide important insight into the true susceptibility of populations to pesticides and their adaptive responses. Long term, the generated information will support the formulation of appropriate health and environmental policies.