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SOCIAL EVOLUTION : an INTEGRATED STUDY OF THE EFFECTS OF KINSHIP, COMMUNICATION, PRODUCTIVITY and DISEASE

Objective



Our network will offer 13 two-year postdocs, training young European genetics, evolutionary modelling and organic chemistry with specialities researchers to become highly competitive in the expanding and important area of population biology. Special emphasis will be on interdisciplinary in ants, bees and wasps. We aim to understand social evolution by addressing the key factors: kinship (local genetic variation), questions of genetic diversity, chemical ecology and the long-term effects of diseases. Extensive working visits to several laboratories of other productivity (as affected by reproductive competition), communication (including kin-recognition), and disease. These factors are of general network partners are an essential part of all our postdoc training programmes. In addition, 6 workshops and 3 symposia organised by the relevance to biology and social insects are ideally suited as model network will extend our expertise and training to a selection of European systems to study their significance. The wide expertise of the network will allow us to study specifically the interactions among these key factors in postdocs and Ph.D. students from outside the network, creating a broader recruitment basis for TMR postdocs in later years of the network. ways that would be difficult for a single research group.
Our network will combine both theoretical, experimental, and field studies and has extensive expertise in the numerous advanced techniques necessary for
1. the determination of kinship with hyper variable DNA-markers, 2. evolutionary modelling, 3. the (GC-MS) micro-analysis of communication substances and pheromones, 4. the analysis of reproductive competition, 5. the study of insect diseases.

Funding Scheme

NET - Research network contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF AARHUS
Address
68,Nordlandsvej 68
8240 Risskov
Denmark

Participants (6)

Bayerische Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Germany
Address
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg
SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ZUERICH
Switzerland
Address
Clausiusstrasse 25
8092 Zurich
UNIVERSITY OF FLORENCE
Italy
Address
Via Romana 17/19
50125 Firenze
UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
Address
Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
University of Keele
United Kingdom
Address

ST5 5BG Keele - Staffordshire
Uppsala University
Sweden
Address
181,Dag Hammarskiölds Väg
750 07 Uppsala