The “Eco-evolutionary Genetics subgroup” includes 1 senior researcher (integrated member), hired under the FCT Investigator program, one post-doctoral researcher and one research technician hired by a research project.
We use a multilevel approach that ranges from genes to ecosystems in the context of experimental evolution with the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans and bacteria such as Escherichia coli to understand how adaptation to stressful environments is affected by interactions between organisms. Our three main goals are: i) to understand the role of species interactions in adaptation to stressful abiotic conditions; ii) to find how host-microbe interactions affect the the evolution of aging and which genes underlie this process; iii) to show how frequency- and density- dependent effects resulting from interactions between individuals affect ecological robustness of populations.
Simões, P., Fragata, I., Santos, J., Santos, M. A., Santos, M., Rose, M. R. & Matos, M. (2019) How phenotypic convergence arises in experimental evolution.Evolution, Online early, . DOI:10.1111/evo.13806 (IF2018 3,573; Q1 Evolutionary Biology)
Chelo, I.M., Afonso, B., Carvalho, S., Theologidis, I., Goy, A., Pino-Querido A., Proulx, S.R. & Teotónio, H. (2019) Partial selfing can reduce genetic loads while maintaining diversity during experimental evolution.G3-Genes Genomes Genetics, Online early, . DOI:10.1534/g3.119.400239 (IF2018 2,630; Q2 Genetics and Heredity)
Vieira dos Santos, M.C., Horta, J., Moura, L., Pires, D.V., Conceição, I., Abrantes, I. & Costa, S. (2019) An integrative approach for the selection of Pochonia chlamydosporia isolates for biocontrol of potato cyst and root knot nematodes.Phytopathologia Mediterranea, 58(1), 187-199. DOI:10.14601/Phytopathol_Mediterr-23780 (IF2018 1,974; Q2 Plant Sciences) NON-cE3c affiliated