February 7, 2020

Contrary to a recent molecular phylogeny study, our new study suggested that Annulipalpia (retreat makers) formed the basal lineage of the caddisflies, implying that these aquatic insects were equipped with case-building capability when they split from their terrestrial sibling - Lepidoptera. The placement of "Spicipalpia" to the base of Integripalpia wou...

January 13, 2020

Wipfler, B., W. Koehler, P. B. Frandsen, A. Donath, S. Liu, R. Machida, B. Misof, R. S. Peters, S. Shimizu, X. Zhou, and S. Simon. 2020. Phylogenomics changes our understanding about earwig evolution. Systematic Entomology. PDF


Abstract. Earwigs are one of the comparatively species-poor insect orders. Although various aspe...

December 15, 2019


Käfer, S.#, S. Paraskevopoulou#, F. Zirkel, N. Wieseke, A. Donath, M. Petersen, T. C. Jones, S. Liu, X. Zhou, M. Middendorf, S. Junglen*, B. Misof*, C. Drosten*. 2019. Re-assessing the diversity of negative strand RNA viruses in insects. PLOS Pathogens. PDF

Abstract: The spectrum of viruses in insects is important for subjects as diverse as publ...

November 19, 2019

1KITE-Coleoptera:multiple horizontal gene transfer events may have enabled the diversification of phytophagous beetles. 

McKenna*#, D. D., S. Shin#, D. Ahrens, M. Balke, C. Beza-Beza, D. J. Clarke, A. Donath, H. E. Escalona, F. Friedrich, H. Letsch, S. Liu, D. Maddison, C. Mayer, B. Misof, P. J. Murin, O. Niehuis, R. S. Peters, L. Podsiadlowski, H. Pohl, E...

October 23, 2019


Kawahara, A. Y.*, D. Plotkin, M. Espeland, K. Meusemann, E. F.A. Toussaint, A. Donath, F. Gimnich, P. B. Frandsen, A. Zwick, M. dos Reis, J. R. Barber, R. S. Peters, S. Liu, X. Zhou, C. Mayer, L. Podsiadlowski, C. Storer, B. Misof, J. W. Breinholt. 2019. Phylogenomics reveals the evolutionary timing and pattern of butterflies and moths....

October 7, 2019

1KITE: Phasmatodea

Simon, S., H. Letsch, S. Bank, T. R. Buckley, A. Donath, S. Liu, R. Machida, K. Meusemann, B. Misof, L. Podsiadlowski, X. Zhou, B. Wipfler, and S. Bradler. 2019. Old World and New World Phasmatodea: phylogenomics resolve the evolutionary history of stick and leaf insects. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 7:345. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2019.0...

July 22, 2019

In our recent paper, a direct shotgun sequencing based approach (genome skimming) enabled quantitative measurement of pollen composition. In a series of mock samples, we demonstrated that the genome skimming method was both sensitive and accurate in revealing the diversity of pollen species, including species richness and relative abundance. The new metho...

June 30, 2019

Thanks to all contributing authors, we managed to organize 9 papers in this very first special issue on biodiversity genomics! The topics cover freshwater monitoring, detection of invasive species, diet analysis of carnivores, microbiota of model animals and bees, along with new informatics pipelines. These papers show diverse applications of metabarcodin...

May 17, 2019

It's the time of the year again. Hope for the best for all of you.

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