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Bridging chromosomal evolution and diversification in neotropical swarm-founding wasps through phylogenomics

Grant number: 16/21098-7
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2017
Effective date (End): December 20, 2017
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Genetics - Animal Genetics
Principal researcher:Eduardo Andrade Botelho de Almeida
Grantee:Rodolpho Santos Telles de Menezes
Supervisor abroad: Sean Gary Brady
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Research place: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, United States  
Associated to the scholarship:15/02432-0 - Organization and chromosomal evolution of repetitive elements in genomes of social wasps, BP.PD


Epiponini (Hymenoptera, Vespidae) is a diverse group of Neotropical social wasps with around 234 described species. These insects draw attention due to their variable nest architecture, swarm reproduction, subtle morphological difference among castes and a high chromosomal diversity. The main purpose of this project is to understand the relationship between chromosomal evolution and the diversification of Epiponini wasps. To do so, a time-calibrated phylogeny for these insects will be inferred using next-generation sequencing of ultraconserved elements (UCEs). These genomic elements have been used to study evolutionary relationships of multiple groups, including hymenopterans. Thus, specific probes for targeted enrichment of UCE loci developed for Hymenoptera will be used to gather 600+ UCE loci per sample, an unprecedented data set in comparative studies in social wasps. Results generated in this research will be readily integrated into a project about evolutionary dynamic of repetitive DNA (Proc. FAPESP 2015/02432-0) being currently conducted by the candidate of this proposal. (AU)

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Scientific publications (8)
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MENEZES, RODOLPHO S. T.; CABRAL-DE-MELLO, DIOGO C.; MILANI, DIOGO; BARDELLA, VANESSA B.; ALMEIDA, EDUARDO A. B. The relevance of chromosome fissions for major ribosomal DNA dispersion in hymenopteran insects. JOURNAL OF EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, v. 34, n. 9 AUG 2021. Web of Science Citations: 1.
DA SILVA CUNHA, DAYANA ALVES; TELLES MENEZES, RODOLPHO SANTOS; LIMA CARDOSO, CLAUDIA ANDREA; ANTONIALLI JUNIOR, WILLIAM FERNANDO. Is It Possible to Obtain the Chemical Profile From Ethanol-Preserved Specimens? The Hydrocarbon and Fatty Acid Composition of the Social Wasp Polybia paulista (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Epiponini). ENVIRONMENTAL ENTOMOLOGY, v. 50, n. 3, p. 580-588, JUN 2021. Web of Science Citations: 0.
KOSER, JAQUELINE REGINATO; BARRIOS-LEAL, DORA YOVANA; MENEZES, RODOLPHO S. T.; MANFRIN, MAURA HELENA. Independent Evolutionary Responses to Quaternary Landscape and Climatic Changes of Two Codistributed Cactophilic Drosophila Species (Drosophila repleta group) in Open Areas of South America. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, v. 113, n. 5, p. 389-397, SEP 2020. Web of Science Citations: 1.
MENEZES, RODOLPHO S. T.; LLOYD, MICHAEL W.; BRADY, SEAN G. Phylogenomics indicates Amazonia as the major source of Neotropical swarm-founding social wasp diversity. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, v. 287, n. 1928 JUN 10 2020. Web of Science Citations: 7.
STEFANELLO, FABIANO; MENEZES, RODOLPHO S. T.; RIBEIRO, I, JOSE RICARDO; ALMEIDA, EDUARDO A. B. Widespread Gene Flow Model Explains the Genetic-Morphological Variation in a Giant Water Bug Species Under Fine-Scale Spatial Sampling. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, v. 113, n. 3, p. 160-170, MAY 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
MENEZES, RODOLPHO S. T.; GAZONI, THIAGO; COSTA, MARCO A. Cytogenetics of warrior wasps (Vespidae: Synoeca) reveals intense evolutionary dynamics of ribosomal DNA clusters and an unprecedented number of microchromosomes in Hymenoptera. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, v. 126, n. 4, p. 925-935, APR 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
KOCH, E. B. A.; CORREIA, J. P. S. O.; MENEZES, R. S. T.; SILVESTRINI, R. A.; DELABIE, J. H. C.; VASCONCELOS, H. L. New Records and Potential Distribution of the Ant Gracilidris pombero Wild & Cuezzo (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology, v. 65, n. 3, p. 375-382, SEP 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
MENEZES, RODOLPHO S. T.; BARDELLA, VANESSA B.; CABRAL-DE-MELLO, DIOGO C.; LUCENA, DAERCIO A. A.; ALMEIDA, EDUARDO A. B. Are the TTAGG and TTAGGG telomeric repeats phylogenetically conserved in aculeate Hymenoptera?. NATURWISSENSCHAFTEN, v. 104, n. 9-10 OCT 2017. Web of Science Citations: 4.

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