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SocParPhenoEvol

Insect social parasites: behavioural genomics models for understanding the basis of phenotypic evolution

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UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON 

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address: GOWER STREET
city: LONDON
postcode: WC1E 6BT
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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website https://ciniales.wixsite.com/alessandrocini/socparphenoevol-project
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-04-01   to  2019-03-31

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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON UK (LONDON) coordinator 183˙454.00
2    UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL UK (BRISTOL) participant 0.00

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 Project objective

Understanding how diversity of life arises at the level of the genes is one of the biggest challenges in modern biology. Genomic methodologies now allow us to dissect the molecular basis of this phenotypic diversity and plasticity. However, we lack an integrated study of key phenotypic traits and their dynamic changes in an ecologically relevant setting, with the associated dynamic nature of the underpinning genes. I propose to use an inter-disciplinary approach, by uniting classical ethology with new molecular tools of genomics, to understand how genes give rise to phenotypic traits and their dynamic plasticity using an insect social parasite system as model. Insect social parasites show striking phenotypic diversity compared to their hosts and have been identified as unique models for understanding the molecular basis of phenotypic diversity and plasticity. Yet, they have remained largely unexploited so far, due to the difficulty of conducting genomic studies on non-model organisms. This project will combine for the first time the transcriptomic (i.e. multiple species comparisons of brain genome-wide RNA-seq analyses followed by candidate gene approach RT-PCR) and behavioural phenotyping in order to reveal the molecular basis of phenotypic diversity in a Polistes paper wasp social parasite system, which comprises the social parasite, the host and a related non host species. This will be a landmark project in the exploding field of Behavioural Genomics as it will ensure high replication in an ecologically relevant setting in wild populations and it will exploit a deep ethological knowledge of the model system to ensure precise integration of behaviour with new methods for dissecting molecular processes. This project offers a unique opportunity to capitalize on molecular and behavioural expertise of the Supervisor and ER, generating the most comprehensive empirical and theoretical body of work to date, thus placing the ER as a leader in this new and exciting field.

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
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2018 Irene Pepiciello, Alessandro Cini, Rachele Nieri, Valerio Mazzoni, Rita Cervo
Adult–larval vibrational communication in paper wasps: the role of abdominal wagging in Polistes dominula
published pages: jeb186247, ISSN: 0022-0949, DOI: 10.1242/jeb.186247
The Journal of Experimental Biology 221/20 2019-09-25
2018 Federico Cappa, Alessandro Cini, Irene Pepiciello, Iacopo Petrocelli, Rita Cervo
Female body size, weight and fat storage rather than nestmateship determine male attraction in the invasive yellow-legged hornet Vespa velutina nigrithorax
published pages: 73-85, ISSN: 0394-9370, DOI: 10.1080/03949370.2018.1501437
Ethology Ecology & Evolution 31/1 2019-09-25
2019 Alessandro Cini, Seirian Sumner, Rita Cervo
Inquiline social parasites as tools to unlock the secrets of insect sociality
published pages: 20180193, ISSN: 0962-8436, DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2018.0193
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 374/1769 2019-09-25
2018 Seirian Sumner, Georgia Law, Alessandro Cini
Why we love bees and hate wasps
published pages: 836-845, ISSN: 0307-6946, DOI: 10.1111/een.12676
Ecological Entomology 43/6 2019-09-25

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