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February 24, 2018

A great diversity of viruses have co-occured with insect hosts, taking advances of the cellular machinery of the host, including splicing. Our recent study on co-expressed viruses from host transcriptomes revealed these viral transcripts not only can infer the diversity of insect viruses, but also splicing codes of the hosts. The finding provides a new ap...

February 1, 2018

Mitochondrion is the major energy production organelle in eukaryotes, generating more than 70% of the ATPs through the OXPHOS pathway, which consists of proteins encoded by both mitochondrial and nuclear genes. We investigated nucleotide substitution rates and selective pressures for OXPHOS genes of the 4 major insect orders. The results show that hymenop...

January 11, 2018

The award is named after one of the greatest Chinese entomologists, Prof. Chou Io, who made significant contribution to the early development of Chinese entomology research, including the publication of China's first monograph of butterflies. It is a great honor to receive this award. 

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December 14, 2017

We used a phylogenomic approach to inferring chalcidoid wasp phylogenetic relationships and provided the first molecular clock-based estimation of deep Chalcidoidea divergence times. The phylogeny was then followed in tracing evolutionary roots of host switches, jumping ability, and associations with figs.

Peters*, R. S., O. Niehuis, S. Gunkel, M. Bläser,...

November 1, 2017

We developed a new pipeline based on Illumina sequencing platform and SOAPBarcode program to produce full-length COI barcodes at just 1/10 of current cost. This new method will hopefully further expand both taxonomic and geographic coverages of reference DNA barcodes, enabling large-scale molecular ecology studies.

Liu, S.#, C. Yang#, C. Zhou#, and X. Zhou...

September 9, 2017

Vespid wasps is a diverse hymenopteran lineage including a wide range of life history strategies. The recent study from the 1KITE helped to reconstruct a robust evolutionary history of Vespidae. 

Bank, S.#, M. Sann#, C. Mayer, K. Meusemann, A. Donath, L. Podsiadlowski, A. Kozlov, M. Petersen, L. Krogmann, R. Meier, P. Rosa, T. Schmitt, M. Wurdack, S. Liu, ...

August 26, 2017

The evolution of powered flight is a major innovation that has facilitated the success of insects. Previously, studies of birds, bats, and insects have detected molecular signatures of differing selection regimes in energy-related genes associated with flight evolution and/or loss. Here, using DNA sequences from over 1,000 nuclear and mitochondrial protei...

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