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Measure of the Ecological influence in Epigenetic-mediated Learning and memory formation in the Honeybee

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Coordinator
BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH CENTER ALEXANDER FLEMING 

Organization address
address: FLEMING STREET 34
city: VARI-ATHENS
postcode: 16672
website: www.fleming.gr

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 Coordinator Country Greece [EL]
 Total cost 152˙653 €
 EC max contribution 152˙653 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2017
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-CAR
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-05-02   to  2020-08-16

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1    BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH CENTER ALEXANDER FLEMING EL (VARI-ATHENS) coordinator 152˙653.00

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 Project objective

Understanding the mechanisms of species adaptation within ecosystems in perpetual change is one of the greatest contemporary scientific challenges. Pollinating insects such as honeybees are particularly sensitive to the changes brought by the intensive mono-agricultural practices and insecticide exposure. Anticipating the widespread decline of bees requires a better understanding of the molecular pathways that affect their cognition such as memory, within their natural habitats. The unique field based behavioural experiments used in this proposal will provide memory and adaptation indexes from honeybees of various ecological and geographical places in Greece. It will help monitoring bee heath, improve beekeeper practices and consequently, participate in a better pollinator European management strategy. The recent discovery of epigenetic mechanisms that can explain phenotypic plasticity of honeybee holds great promise in understanding epigenetic-mediated adaptation. This proposal will also use state-of-the-art ‘-omic’ and super-resolution microscopy techniques to determine the brain cells type associated with the epigenetic dynamic occurring during memory formation in bees. These results will greatly participate to the understanding mechanisms of brain plasticity. The multidisciplinary approach of this proposal is feasible thanks to the unique combination of the researcher expertise on epigenetic study in social insects together with the extensive competence for the characterisation of the molecular pathways involved in memory formation of the host lab. Moreover the two partner organizations and their network will bring additional expertise and infrastructure for honeybee management used in this proposal. Together, the results of this proposal will generate new health indexes for bees, molecular biomarkers to the environmental quality and will participate to a better management of pesticide for sustainable agriculture.

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
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2019 Alison Gray, Robert Brodschneider, Noureddine Adjlane, Alexis Ballis, Valters Brusbardis, Jean-Daniel Charrière, Robert Chlebo, Mary F. Coffey, Bram Cornelissen, Cristina Amaro da Costa, Tamás Csáki, Bjørn Dahle, Jiří Danihlík, Marica Maja Dražić, Garth Evans, Mariia Fedoriak, Ivan Forsythe, Dirk de Graaf, Aleš Gregorc, Jes Johannesen, Lassi Kauko, Preben Kristiansen, Maritta Martikkala,
Loss rates of honey bee colonies during winter 2017/18 in 36 countries participating in the COLOSS survey, including effects of forage sources
published pages: 1-7, ISSN: 0021-8839, DOI: 10.1080/00218839.2019.1615661
Journal of Apicultural Research 2019-08-05

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