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Systematics and phylogeography of neotropical fig wasps (Agaonidae)

Grant number: 14/18924-7
Support type:Research Grants - Visiting Researcher Grant - International
Duration: November 03, 2014 - November 24, 2014
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology
Principal Investigator:Rodrigo Augusto Santinelo Pereira
Grantee:Rodrigo Augusto Santinelo Pereira
Visiting researcher: Jean Yves Rasplus
Visiting researcher institution: Centre de Biologie et de Gestion des Populations (CBGP), France
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil


In this event, Dr. Jean Yves Rasplus will work on a research project about phylogeography of Neotropical fig trees and fig wasps, which we are starting in collaboration. Specifically, Dr. Rasplus will contribute with knowledge transfer and support for the obtention of molecular data with New Generation Sequencing (NGS) methods. At the first two weeks we will have meetings to discuss our project and to learn how to build NGS libraries. In addition, we will discuss our current project on taxonomy and systematics of Neotropical fig wasps. Dr. Rasplus will give a speech for the two postgraduate programs in my institution (PG in Entomology and PG in Comparative Biology). During his visit, Dr. Rasplus will figure out as examiner on the thesis defense of my PhD student Fernando Farache and will join us in field excursions and discussion sections with my postgraduate students. (AU)