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Genomics of cave evolution in the European olm

Project description

Genomic mechanisms in organism evolution

Phenotype changes occur during the transition of some organisms from the surface to the subterranean environment. These include loss of eyes and skin pigmentation and increase of non-visual sensory organs. The olm (Proteus anguinus) is listed as a vulnerable species and represents a famous example of convergent evolution at this transition. The EU-funded GENEVOLCAV project will use the olm as a model organism to investigate and explain the genomic mechanisms involved in this transition. The project will reconstruct the number of independent transitions from the surface to caves across all olm lineages, generate a full chromosome-level assembly of the olm’s genome, detect the genetic and selective mechanisms, and reconstruct the demographic history of olm lineages.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-IF-2019
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Coordinator

UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 231 619,20

Partners (1)

BGI SHENZHEN LIFE SCIENCE RESEARCH INSTITUTION
China
Address
Building 11, Beishan Industrial Zone Yantian District
518083 Shenzhen
Activity type
Research Organisations