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The University of Southampton
Biological Sciences

Research project: A genome-wide approach to understand domestication

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Using genomic technologies we will investigate the genomics of aubergine domestication, revealing the location of domestication, the effect of selection on the genome, and candidate genes potentially underlying domestication phenotypes.

The domestication of plants and animals transformed the world and laid the foundations for human civilisation. We will investigate all these phenomena by studying the domestication of aubergine, for which a whole genome sequence is soon to be released, and which has the benefit of being one of only a handful of crops that has been domesticated more than once. Two complementary approaches will be employed, screening variation throughout the whole genome (RAD sequencing) and sequencing whole transcriptomes (RNA sequencing).

Morphological diversity in cultivat
Morphological diversity in cultivat

Funding: University of Southampton, “Annual Adventure in Research” Grant
Funding Duration: January 2014 - August 2015

Related research groups

Ecology and Evolution
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