Research projects

Hitherto JEMU supported ca. 40 research projects that were initiated by research teams from both RMCA and/or RBINS in collaboration with other Belgian and/or foreign partners.

There are two types of projects:
- flagship projects provide funding for new or ongoing studies that substantially contribute to the scientific valorisation of the collections of RMCA and RBINS;
- pilot projects provide support to scientists of RBINS and RMCA in order to carry out pilot research in specific fields.

Acronym Coordinator Image
LAST Last Aurochs Standing. On the trail of Bos primigenius on its way out of Belgium Bea De Cupere & Quentin Goffette (RBINS)
TRISS Towards a better understanding of the tripartite interactions driving Schistosoma transmission in Senegal Tine Huyse (RMCA)
PPMATS Phylogeny and Plant secondary Metabolites of Athalia and other Tenthredinid Sawflies Jean-Luc Boevé (RBINS)
METASKIM Using genome skimming to investigate the mega-diversity of the stygobiont genus Metastenasellus (Crustacea, Isopoda) in African groundwater Patrick Martin (RBINS)
CHROMO Obtaining chromosomal-level genome assemblies for non-model organisms to assess the role of genomic rearrangements in taxonomy and evolution Frederik Hendrickx (RBINS)
POLBEN Developing molecular tools for pollen metabarcoding in insect pollination ecology Kurt Jordaens (RMCA)
MORPHOCRISPR Exploring the use of gene-editing to unravel the genomic basis of conspicuous morphological variation Frederik Hendrickx (RBINS)
MitOx Mitochondrial DNA analysis of ancient musk oxes from a possible relict population of Belgium Mietje Germonpre (RBINS)
DIMAMAS Testing less destructive sampling techniques for DNA identification of manufactured animal material from archaeological sites Quentin Goffette (RBINS)
ManTiS Exploring the diversity and phylogeny of Oriental praying mantises (Mantodea) based on recently collected material and preserved museum specimens Wouter Dekoninck (RBINS)
KEARAD Evolutionary history of the cichlid assemblages of the Lake Victoria Region Superflock reconstructed using whole genome seqencing Maarten Van Steenberge & Jos Snoeks (RMCA)
TWOSS Tropical wolf spiders systematics Arnaud Henrard (RMCA)
DNADD DNA analysis of a Roman skeleton of a Cervidae from Belgium Fabienne Pigière (RBINS)
TILAPIA-GenoCongo Genomics of the Nile Tilapia in the Congo Basin Tine Huyse (RMCA)
Tyto Harry Potter and the fate of the European barn owl Erik Verheyen (RBINS)
Reseq_gibbosus Dwarf spider dimorphism investigated using whole genome resequencing Frederik Hendrickx (RBINS)
MolChaRE Molecular characterization of recent echinoderms Yves Samyn (RBINS) and Didier VandenSpiegel (RMCA)
HalAfrEu Phylogeny of Halictidae bees from Africa and Europe Alain Pauly & Jean‐Luc Boevé (RBINS)
LT-Stolo Population genomics of the Lake Tanganyika sprat (Stolothrissa tanganicae) Maarten Van Steenberge (RMCA) & Maarten Vanhove (RBINS)
PhylDOL Phylogenetic position of the mangrove dolichopodid fly genera Ngirhaphium Evenhuis & Grootaert 2002 and Physopyga Grootaert & Meuffels 1989 Patrick Grootaert (RBINS)
CRYOLI Cryptic diversity in aquatic oligochaetes from extreme environments Patrick Martin (RBINS)
TAS_Halictus Testing NGS applications: Targeted amplicon sequencing of bees of the genus Halictus Gontran Sonet (RBINS)
Phylo_WaterSnakes Testing NGS applications: Phylogenomics of African water snakes Zoltán T. Nagy (RBINS)
GBS_capitata & RAD_FAR Testing NGS applications: Population genomics of Ceratitis capitata and phylogenomics of a fruitfly species complex Massimiliano Virgilio (RMCA)
SPEBAS Species Boundaries in selected Afrotropical hover fly genera Kurt Jordaens (RMCA)
GBS_Bulinus Population genomics of intermediate hosts of the human blood fluke Tine Huyse (RMCA)
GBS_Big_Mammals Population genetics of lions and the African buffalo Nathalie Smitz (RMCA)
Andant Applicability of DNA barcodes for an effective assessment of the diversity of ant communities in the Ecuadorian Andes Maurice Leponce (RBINS)
DBCLTC DNA barcoding of Lake Tanganyika cichlids Jos Snoeks (RMCA)
Gybar DNA- barcoding in the Gyratrix hermaphroditus species-complex: a case study on European populations Thierry Backeljau (RBINS)
BC42W Barcodes for two winged insects: a support project for barcoding of Diptera of medical, veterinary, agricultural and biodiversity concern Marc De Meyer (RMCA)
DemoTroRo Barcoding 2 years of tropical rodent life: ecology, demography and population history of two rodent genera Praomys and Hylomyscus Erik Verheyen (RBINS), Jan Kennis (University of Antwerp), Herwig Leirs (University of Antwerp)
GALCAR Investigating species boundaries of carabid beetles of Galapagos by DNA barcoding Frederik Hendrickx (RBINS)
Paratroph Barcoding and phylogeny of Lake Tanganyika cichlid parasites: Monogenea and Copepoda on Tropheini as a case study Jos Snoeks (RMCA)
Barmar Barcoding of Malagasy reptiles Zoltán T. Nagy (RBINS)
Eces_pseu Evolution and chemo-ecology in sawflies: biosynthesis of defensive terpenoids in Pseudodineura larvae Jean-Luc Boevé (RBINS)
Dag Diversity of the Anoplotermes-group: an integrative approach Maurice Leponce (RBINS) and Thomas Bourguignon (ULB)
Barcolys Testing two barcoding markers in the Antarctic Lysianassoidea (Amphipoda: Crustacea) Patrick Martin & Charlotte Havermans (RBINS)
Lithocolletinae Phylogenetic relationships within the subfamily Lithocolletinae (Lepidoptera, Gracillariidae) in the Afrotropical region Jurate De Prins (RMCA)
Barfly Optimization of DNA barcodes for fruit flies Massimiliano Virgilio (RMCA/RBINS)

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