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Replaying the ‘genome duplication’ tape of life: the importance of polyploidy for adaptation in a changing environment

Project description

Unravelling the role of stress in the evolution of polyploidy

Despite the existence of many polyploid species, whole genome duplications (WGDs) are not evident in their genome. The consensus is that WGDs have contributed to polyploid species but took place at specific times during evolution under stressful conditions or environmental changes. The EU-funded DOUBLE-TROUBLE project wishes to address why environmental changes affect polyploidy and is working under the hypothesis that polyploid species have a survival or fitness advantage compared to non-polyploids. Scientists will run evolutionary experiments, and combined with modelling, they will decipher the adaptive potential of polyploids under stressful conditions or during times of climate change.

Call for proposal

ERC-2018-ADG
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Host institution

VIB VZW
Address
Rijvisschestraat 120
9052 Zwijnaarde - Gent
Belgium
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 2 500 000

Beneficiaries (1)

VIB VZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 2 500 000
Address
Rijvisschestraat 120
9052 Zwijnaarde - Gent
Activity type
Research Organisations