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An interdisciplinary study of the evolution of antipredator mechanisms: aquatic invertebrates as a model

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Original title: Een interdisciplinaire studie van de evolutie van antipredator- mechanismen: aquatische invertebraten als model
Period: January 2004 till December 2007
Status: Completed

Thesaurus term: Proteomics
Taxonomic term: Daphnia O.F. Müller, 1785 [WoRMS]

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This study aims at an interdiciplinary analysis of the evolution of anti-predator traits in damselfly larvae and waterfleas. The study involves a comparative analysis of peptide and protein profiles in an effort to elucidate the molecular-physiological intermediates of anti-predator traits. In addition, we will try to quantify selection pressures in cattle tank experiments, and to quantify evolutionary potential in a multi-trait context. This involves the reconstruction of genetic variance-covariance matrices, QTL analysis and an analysis of phylogenetic constraints.

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