The development of a cost-efficient eQTL scanning strategy to unravel the broad transcriptional response of a generalist pest to novel hosts

14 April 2024 → 13 October 2024
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Analysis of next-generation sequence data
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Computational transcriptomics and epigenomics
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural plant protection
Tetranychus urticae genotype-environment interactions host plant adaptation eQTL scanning
Project description
Aiming to unravel genetic mechanisms underlying the polyphagous two-spotted spider mite ’s unique host adaptation ability, an experimental ‘pseudo-panmictic’ population was created to: (i) Uncover eQTLs (mainly trans) linked to a host shift, relying on predominantly RNA-seq (ii) Examine genotype-environment interactions in different hosts (iii) Study genetic selection for/against relevant genotypes identified in (i) and (ii) caused by a new host