Highlights

Scientific publication:

Using next-generation sequencing to improve DNA barcoding: lessons from a small-scale study of wild bee species (Hymenoptera, Halictidae) by Sonet G, Pauly, A, Nagy ZT, Virgilio M, Jordaens K, Van Houdt J, Worms S, De Meyer M, Backeljau T , 2018 , Apidologie , First online

Running project:

Genomics of the Nile Tilapia in the Congo Basin: tissue samples of 144 specimens of Oreochromis niloticus from Lower, Middle and Upper Congo are being analyzed using the 'RADseq' method. This approach (restriction associated DNA sequencing) enables the collection of short DNA sequences from all over the genome, which are associated with restriction sites (Jun. 2018).

Scientific publication:

Tom van der Valk and the team lead by Dr. Katerina Guschanski (Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Sweden) analysed historical museum of two critically endangered eastern gorilla taxa, Grauer’s (Gorilla beringei graueri) and mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei).
 
Many of the historical specimens were sampled in the Royal Museum for Central Africa and  the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. They show that the loss of peripheral populations has the most profound effect on gorilla genetic diversity.
 

Scientific publication:

Linking phenotype, genotype and environment to unravel genetic components underlying cold hardiness in coastal Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii)
Vangestel C, Eckert AJ, Wegrzyn JL, Clair BSt., Neale DB , 2018 , Tree Genetics & Genomes , 14: 10. doi: 10.1007/s11295-017-1225-x (Feb. 2018).

Scientific publication:

Finding loci associated to partial resistance to white pine blister rust in sugar pine (Pinus lambertiana Dougl.).
Vázquez-Lobo A, De La Torre AR, Martínez-García PJ, Vangestel C, Wegzryn JL, Calic I, Burton D, Davis D, Kinloch B, Vogler D, Neale DB, 2017, Tree Genetics & Genomes (Feb. 2018).

Here is a brief summary of the JEMU projects of 2017 (call for proposal of 2016) and of their current status  (Jan. 2018).
2016-2017 Highlights for the period 2016-2017
2014-2015 Highlights for the period 2014-2015
2011-2013 Highlights for the period 2011-2013

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith