Evolutionary ecotoxicology with Daphnia: genomic, transcriptomic and physiological mechanisms of tolerance and adaptation to cadmium and cyanobacterial stress

01 January 2010 → 31 October 2012
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Geology
    • Animal biology
    • General biology
    • Genetics
    • Systems biology
    • Aquatic sciences, challenges and pollution
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Molecular and cell biology
    • Molecular and cell biology
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Veterinary medicine
aquatic pollution genetic adaptation micro-evolution ecotoxicology heavy metals
Project description

The aim of this research is to mechanistically understand (1) the adaptation to Cd stress in natural North-American Daphnia pulex populations living in metal-contaminated lakes at the genomic, transcriptomic and physiological level, (2) to investigate the cross-tolerance of Cd-adapted populations to cyanobacterial stress, and (3) to validate our findings with a European water flea species, Daphnia magna.