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Gene family evolution in insects
Insects are amongst the most successful animal groups of our planet, dominating terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. The invention of wings is one of the most important key innovations in insects since wings allowed the conquest ...
Supervisor: Dr. Sabrina Simon
Department: Biosystematics Group
Embryogenesis of Odonata
Odonates (dragonflies and damselflies) have become prominent model systems to study the influence of temperature and photoperiod on insect development and ecology in general. The majority of the studies are covering juvenile state ...
Supervisor: Dr. Sabrina Simon
Department: Biosystematics Group
How did generalist insects evolve and what makes them so special?
Begindate and enddate are flexible. Interested in insects? Plant-insect interactions in specific? And would you like to study butterfly diversity by working with genome and transcriptome data? The majority of herbivorous insec ...
Supervisor: Thijmen Breeschoten
Department: Biosystematics Group
Mapping the genes controlling flowering time and vitamin content in the orphan vegetable Gynandropsis gynandra (Cleomaceae)
Spider plant (Gynandropsis gynandra) is a minor leafy vegetable which belongs to the Cleomaceae family, the sister family of Brassicaceae. Besides its food use, the species is used as a medicinal plant in various parts of the worl ...
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Eric Schranz
Department: Biosystematics Group
Evolution of egg-killing in Brassicales
Members of the Brassicaceae family are known to express a hypersensitive response(HR)-like necrosis when cabbage white butterflies (Pieris sp.) lay eggs on their leaves. The plant responds with a local cell death in the leaf under ...
Supervisor: Nina Fatouros
Department: Biosystematics Group
A hitch-hikers guide to egg parasitism
Minute hymenopteran wasps of the genus Trichogramma parasitise eggs of butterflies and moth. They are the most widely used biological control agents worldwide. However, their phylogeny, dispersal behavior, and parasitism capacitie ...
Supervisor: Nina Fatouros and Xianhui Shi
Department: Biosystematics Group
Natural selection of (anti-) sex pheromones by egg parasitoids
Butterfly males can produce and transfer an anti-sex pheromone, a so-called anti-aphrodisiac (AA), to females during mating to render them less attractive to other males. AAs from cabbage white butterflies, Pieris brassicae and ...
Supervisor: Nina Fatouros, Xianhui Shi
Department: Biosystematics Group
How do plants kill butterfly eggs?
In response to eggs of cabbage white butterflies (Pieris spp.), black mustard plants (Brassica nigra, a relative of cabbage crops) respond with necrosis resembling a hypersensitive response (HR). HR is a form of programmed cell d ...
Supervisor: Nina Fatouros, Niccolo Bassetti
Department: Biosystematics Group
Herbarium genomics to assess wild and landrace diversity in Cannabis sativa
Cannabis is native to Eurasia where it has been cultivated by humans for fiber and medicinal/ritual purposes for millenia. However, the variation across local landraces and putative wild plants remains unknown. Moreover, extensive ...
Supervisor: Dr. Robin van Velzen, Dr. Tinde van Andel
Department: Biosystematics Group
Evolution of biosynthesis genes in cannabis and hop
Description Cannabis sativa is valued for its psychotropic and medicinal effect due to unique prenylated polyketides known as cannabinoids. Its closest relative, hop (Humulus lupulus) is valued as a flavouring agent in the product ...
Supervisor: Dr. Robin van Velzen
Department: Biosystematics Group
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