Rescued by evolution, boosted by past adaptations

Main funder

Funder's project number: 312508

Funds granted by main funder (€)

  • 173 919,00

Funding program

Project timetable

Project start date: 01/09/2017

Project end date: 31/08/2019


Despite the fact that environmental fluctuations are ubiquitous, and are predicted to increase during climate change, the long term evolutionary consequences of fluctuating environments are rarely studied. Interestingly, many possible adaptations to fluctuating environments have also been suggested to benefit species in new evolutionary challenges and may explain evolutionary novelties.
What kinds of adaptations evolve in fluctuating environments, and will the adaptations of the past give a kick-start to future evolution? I will tackle these questions mainly by rigorous experimental evolution experiments with bacteria and next generation sequencing. As many of the experiments presented offer unique tests on rarely studied, but important, evolutionary phenomena, I expect that results will be influential in many fields of biology.

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