The Role of Epigenetics in the behavior aging and communication of ants - provisional title

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

The Role of Epigenetics in the behavior aging and communication of ants - provisional title The Role of Epigenetics in the behavior, aging, and communication of ants - provisional title Juergen Liebig is an expert in the two ant model systems of this proposal. He worked with these ants for 13 to 18 years with many publications on their chemical communication, aggressive behavior and reproductive physiology. He established the species for the HHMI collaborative project. He will be the central node for any ant-specific behavioral, chemical, or other organismic questions of the ant model systems. Furthermore, he will support every member with advice on culturing conditions and will distribute ant colonies as needed from his large ant colony stock. Specifically, he will work on developmental determination of queen and worker caste, chemical communication, reproductive physiology, characterization of olfactory receptors and the determination and analysis of behavioral phenotypes in aggression assays in H. saltator and minor/major worker differentiation in C. floridanus. He will specifically collaborate with the Reinberg lab on worker/gamergate transition in H. saltator and cell line development, with the Ray/Zwiebel lab on characterization of olfactory receptors and the investigation of receptor space, with the Berger lab on the epigenetics of caste determination, behavioral phenotypes of minors and majors and aging in both species, with the Desplan and Zwiebel lab on the establishment of injection and ant culturing techniques for ant transgenics.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date9/1/128/31/16

Funding

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI): $765,510.00

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