כמה נמלים יש בעולם וכמה נמלים צריך בשביל לבנות רפסודה?

אתמול היה יום מוצלח במיוחד ליחסי הציבור של הנמלים! איל דיבר בתכנית העולם היום (כאן 11) על מחקר חדש שחישב כמה נמלים יש בעולם

https://youtu.be/kwsAUnqgdW8

ובתכנית שלושה שיודעים (כאן תרבות) על מחקר חדש שבדק איך נמלי אש בונות רפסודה

https://drive.google.com/file/d/15xW0wXCl2LN9sxg_aV5hUl1zMquQiYUe/view?usp=sharing

New ISF grant! Grad positions to study a novel social supergene

The lab got a new 5-year ISF grant to study the supergene we discovered in the desert ant Cataglyphis niger. Graduate student positions (PhD & MSc) are available to join this exciting project! Please contact Eyal for more information.

Lab delegation to IUSSI 2022

Our lab participated in IUSSI 2022 (the meeting of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects) in San Diego, which is the ultimate opportunity to meet social insect researchers from all over the world, learn about all sorts of studies that are advancing the frontiers of our field, and of course to present our own! Eyal gave a talk on adaptive evolution of Solenopsis fire ants; Felix presented a poster on the new webtool "ddgRADer" that he developed to aid the design of RAD-sequencing experiments (check it out here!), Volans presented a poster on the first micriobiome analysis of Cataglyphis niger that revealed significant differences between social forms (monogyne and polygyne colonies); and Aparna gave a groundbreaking (remote) talk announcing the discovery of a supergene associated with social form (a.k.a. "social chromosome")!

 

Back from sabbatical!

Eyal is back from the one year sabbatical in London where he refined his expertise in Bayesian population genomics and the art of luggage packing

Watch out! We're back to business... after a good bottle of scotch!

ddgRADer web tool is available online!

Just in time for the IUSSI meeting in San Diego, Felix completed the development of the web tool ddgRADer:

http://ddgrader.haifa.ac.il/

This user-friendly tool will assist beginners and experienced researchers in designing ddRAD-seq experiments (double-digest Restriction site Associated DNA sequencing). It allows optimization of experimental design to minimize waste of sequencing effort due to adaptor contamination and read overlaps.

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