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IGNITE ESRs virtual catch up meeting in times of a pandemic

Yesterday, the ESRs in IGNITE had a virtual meeting to catch up and discuss with each other the effects of the pandemic on their projects. The students shared their progress and plans for the future as the IGNITE project is nearing its end. Among the positive messages from the meeting were the news of some labs re-opening soon and ESRs making progress with thesis writing and even finding future research opportunities!  

IGNITE investigates the genomic evolution and chromosomal-level assembly of the freshwater sponge Ephydatia Muelleri

An IGNITE-funded research article has been published in the Nature Communications journal and looks into the animal genomic evolution with the chromosomal-level assembly of the freshwater sponge Ephydatia Muelleri. The genomes of non-bilaterian metazoans are key to understanding the molecular basis of early animal evolution. However, a full comprehension of how animal-specific traits, such as nervous systems arose, is hindered by the scarcity and... show more

IGNITE research presents evidence for the anaerobic metabolism of single-celled benthic organisms

A research article recently published in the ISME journal presents new findings on the cellular adaptations of Foraminifera to anoxic environment. The paper called "Anaerobic metabolism of Foraminifera thriving below the seafloor" presents proof that the single-celled eukaryotes’ metabolic functions are stimulated in anoxic environments. Figure. Census count of foraminifera tests and corresponding geochemical profiles ... show more

IGNITE research presents tool for pattern detection in chromosome contact maps

A research article recently published in the Nature Communications journal presents an algorithm inspired from computer vision that can detect patterns in contact maps. The paper called "Computer vision for pattern detection in chromosome contact maps" outlines the development of the Chromosight algorithm which provides insights into genomes by using visible patterns on genome-wide contact maps generated by chromosome conformation captu... show more

Exploring the grape phylloxera and its genome sequence: an IGNITE-funded study

An IGNITE-supported paper investigating the invasion of the aphid-like grape phylloxera Daktulosphaira vitifoliae is now available in the BMC Biology Journal.  Biological invasions are known to viciously affect ecosystems, as well as human species and economies, by threatening food production. According to the study, the grape phylloxera Daktulosphaira vitifoliae is one of the few biological pests which affects cultivated plant species to... show more