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Symbiont-assisted cuticle biosynthesis as a key innovation contributing to the evolutionary success of beetles

Project description

Research investigates the relationship between beetles and symbiotic bacteria

Elucidating the key adaptations underlying evolutionary success remains a central challenge in evolution and ecology. The EU-funded SYMBeetle project will investigate the evolution of a symbiont-assisted key adaptation process that protects beetles against dehydration and predators. Recent evidence has shown that beetles of at least seven different families have become dependent on symbiosis for the supply of an important substance – tyrosine. This aromatic amino acid is necessary for cuticle biosynthesis, hardening and tanning. Symbioses of this kind have evolved independently many times and have probably been a key factor enabling beetles to spread into new ecological niches.

Host institution

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Net EU contribution
€ 1 048 217,55
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munchen
Germany

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Beneficiaries (2)

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 1 048 217,55
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munchen

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
JOHANNES GUTENBERG-UNIVERSITAT MAINZ
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 949 532,45
Address
Saarstrasse 21
55122 Mainz

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Region
Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00