• Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
 
 

 

 

 

HOTFOXES - Life in the desert: deciphering the genomic architecture of extreme-environment adaptation using North-African foxes

 

Extreme environments offer a natural experimental setting to investigate the evolution of remarkable adaptive traits. This project aims to address the genomic architecture underlying fast evolutionary adaptation in deserts by focusing on the recent divergence between the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) and the Rueppell's fox (V. rueppellii), a species adapted to the arid regions of the largest desert in the world, the Sahara. By using a powerful multidisciplinary approach that integrates evolutionary histories, molecular population genetics and eco-physiology data with cutting edge genomic tools, we expect to identify and characterize i) the processes of genomic divergence between the two sister-species, ii) the functional roles of the most relevant genes and gene changes involved in the adaptation of V. rueppellii to extreme arid settings, and iii) the relevance of those genes on the parallel adaptation of the more distantly related, desert-dwelling fox species V. zerda and V. pallida.

 
Principal Investigator:
 
Raquel Godinho

Raquel Godinho

Principal Researcher

 
Research Team:
 
Joana L. Rocha

Joana L. Rocha

PhD Student

 
 
 
Nuno Santos

Nuno Santos

Post-Doc Researcher

 
Zbyszek Boratynski

Zbyszek Boratynski

Post-Doc Researcher

 
 
Other Members:
Rasmus Nielsen (UC Berkeley)
 
State:
On going
 
Proponent Institution:
ICETA-UP (CIBIO-InBIO)
 
Funded by:
FCT
 
Dates:
2018 (Duration: 3 years)
 
Participant Institutions:
CIBIO-InBIO
 
Reference:
PTDC/BIA-EVL/31902/2017