The role of alternative splicing in adaptation to a changing environment


Main funder


Funds granted by main funder (€)

247 850,00


Funding program

Research costs of Academy Research Fellow, AoF (Academy of Finland)


Project timetable

Project start date: 01/09/2016

Project end date: 31/08/2018


Summary

Alternative splicing, where one gene can produce a variety of different proteins, is known be a very common event in all eukaryotes. This process is known to promote evolutionary potential of the organisms but the knowledge on its role in adaptation is still scarce. In this project I will utilize new genomic and genetic methods to trace alternative splicing in candidate genes important in adaptation. I will search for splicing variants of these genes at the whole transcriptome level and study the effects of splicing in several candidate genes on cold tolerance. I will also study the effects of changes in gene function at the phenotypic level using cold tolerance tests and new gene editing techniques. This research aims to clarify how splicing is connected to changes in life-history traits involved in adaption to seasonally varying environments and it will provide insight into the processes affecting the ability of organisms to adapt to environmental changes also at the global scale.


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Web page

https://www.jyu.fi/bioenv/en/divisions/eko/research/evolgen/Kankare/alternative-splicing/maaria-research


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