Taking an eco-evolutionary look at the management of aquatic species
Adaptive radiation is the process in which the number of species with a common ancestor is driven by the adaptation of organisms to new ecological contexts. The EU-funded ARAMIS project will bring an eco-evolutionary perspective to the management of aquatic species. Specifically, it will research this process in freshwater microbial communities. Specifically, it hypothesises that the environmental forces driving the unique evolution of every freshwater clade are the same, both in nature and in relative importance. The project will test this hypothesis by combining metagenomics, metatranscriptomics and enrichment cultures over a set of more than 200 lake samples. If validated, this paradigm will allow the development of powerful conceptual models. In addition to the high academic potential, the project will also have an impact on social and public policy.