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How Transposable Elements drive the Emergence of Phenotypic Innovations

Project description

Role of transposable elements in the process of adaptive radiation

Adaptive radiation is a process of an organism's rapid diversification from an ancestral species into a multitude of new forms. Transposable elements (TEs) co-evolve with hosts and are important elements of adaptation to novel environments. Blattodea insect order (cockroaches) is diverse, and previous studies suggest the TEs as a driving force during Blattodea diversification. The EU-funded TEEPI project will study the role of TEs in the organismal adaptation to rapidly changing environments while providing a way to prevent the expansion of cockroaches and termites as pests. The research will employ the new sequencing methodology, allowing to map precisely the different types of TEs and detect the TE families responsible for the adaptation of specific phenotypes.

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Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 174 806,40