Biologists discuss work on adaptive radiation: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Patiala, February 17

Princeton University evolutionary biologists, Fellows of the Royal Society and Pulitzer Prize winners known for their work with Darwin’s finches on Daphne Major, Professor Peter Grant and Professor Rosemary Grant discussed their work on the adaptive radiation in Darwin’s finches during the second day of the International Conference on Insect Systematics and Evolutionary Biology today.

It was the second day of the three-day event at Punjabi University. The duo spoke about their lifelong work on adaptive radiation in Darwin’s finches while Professor Madeleine Beekman, University of Sydney, known for her work on the evolution of dance language in bees, conflicts and cooperation in a colony and the evolution of cognition, discussed bees. and why these insects are important in answering different evolutionary questions.

Professor Tracy Chapman, an evolutionary geneticist from the University of East Anglia, presented her work on the evolution of reproductive traits in fruit flies and how these findings could be used to develop new genetic methods of pest control.

Professor Fernando Gonzales, University of Valencia, discussed the evolutionary molecular epidemiology of different pathogens, RNA viruses such as hepatitis C virus and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Dr. Anand Krishnan, IISER, Bhopal, Dr. Bodhisatta Nandy, IISER Behrampur were also part of the event.—

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