Next generation sequencing techniques, phylogenomics and molecular taxonomy are generating unprecedented amounts of data which challenge concepts of data analyses and storage.Within the zmb we are trying to face these challenges by developing new algorithms, software, the establishment of a high performance computing (HPC) LINUX cluster, and adequate archiving systems.
New experimental and computational techniques provide exciting opportunities to unravel the genomic basis of how new phenotypic traits emerge and how existing traits adapt, hence how biodiversity is formed and changed. To reconstruct the evolutionary history of novel phenotypes an integrated, phylogenomic perspective is now possible. Insects, being the most species rich phylum of higher eukaryotes, are a particularly promising and amenable system to study the complexities of evolutionary innovations.
The Junior research group "Adaptive Genomics of Sulawesi Ricefishes" is founded by Leibniz since 2017. Focus of the project is the funding. Focus of the project is studying the molecular evolutionary background of a particular reproductive strategy in ricefishes (Actinopterygii: Adrianichthyidae) called ventral breeding or ventral fin breeding, which has evolved in at least two lineages of this group occurring on Sulawesi.