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RoyalMess

Evolutionary genomics of royalty in Messor hybridogenetic ants
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  • Funder: European CommissionProject code: 948688 Call for proposal: ERC-2020-STG
  • Funded under: H2020 | ERC | ERC-STG Overall Budget: 1,500,000 EURFunder Contribution: 1,500,000 EUR
  • Status: On going
  • Start Date
    01 Sep 2021
    End Date
    31 Aug 2026
  • Detailed project information (CORDIS)
Description
Royalty in social insects is typically environmentally acquired rather than genetically determined. However, this is not the case in an exceptional reproductive system, known as social hybridogenesis. Here, two distinct royal lineages of ants can only produce queens by their own while they need to hybridize to produce workers. Eggs with a pure royal genome are thus genetically fated to become queens while hybrid genomes are fated to become workers. Convergent evolution toward such a baroque reproductive strategy appears common in harvester ant species (four times in Pogonomyrmex and Messor genera), but its origin is still completely mysterious. In this project, ...
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Description
Royalty in social insects is typically environmentally acquired rather than genetically determined. However, this is not the case in an exceptional reproductive system, known as social hybridogenesis. Here, two distinct royal lineages of ants can only produce queens by their own while they need to hybridize to produce workers. Eggs with a pure royal genome are thus genetically fated to become queens while hybrid genomes are fated to become workers. Convergent evolution toward such a baroque reproductive strategy appears common in harvester ant species (four times in Pogonomyrmex and Messor genera), but its origin is still completely mysterious. In this project, ...
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