Establishing the Helliconius Genome Consortium

Lead Research Organisation: University of Cambridge
Department Name: Zoology

Abstract

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Description We published the first butterfly genome sequence in Nature which has been a major resource for further work in the field of genomics in the Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths). This was a small grant that facilitated the interaction of consortium members from many countries and made this possible.
Exploitation Route Further genomics analysis in the Lepidoptera. Development of better genomic resources for insects and crop pests
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Education,Environment

URL http://www.heliconius.org
 
Description We have used the results of this work in our presentation for the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2014 in which we described the evolution of butterly wing patterns to ~15000 members of the public. In addition the grant helped establish an international research consortium that has collectively contributed to our understanding of evolutionary processes in these butterflies.
Sector Education,Environment
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description BBSRC BBR Fund
Amount £534,491 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/K020161/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2013 
End 06/2017
 
Description ERC Advanced Grant
Amount € 2,500,000 (EUR)
Funding ID SpeciationGenetics 
Organisation European Research Council (ERC) 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 06/2014 
End 06/2019
 
Description Heliconius Genome Consortium 
Organisation Baylor College of Medicine
Department Human Genome Sequencing Centre
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I led establishment of the Heliconius Genome Consortium which sequenced the first butterfly genome
Collaborator Contribution Many skills in genomic analysis and Heliconius biology
Impact Genome sequenced and published
Start Year 2010
 
Description Heliconius Genome Consortium 
Organisation Cornell University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I led establishment of the Heliconius Genome Consortium which sequenced the first butterfly genome
Collaborator Contribution Many skills in genomic analysis and Heliconius biology
Impact Genome sequenced and published
Start Year 2010
 
Description Heliconius Genome Consortium 
Organisation Harvard University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I led establishment of the Heliconius Genome Consortium which sequenced the first butterfly genome
Collaborator Contribution Many skills in genomic analysis and Heliconius biology
Impact Genome sequenced and published
Start Year 2010
 
Description Heliconius Genome Consortium 
Organisation National Museum of Natural History
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I led establishment of the Heliconius Genome Consortium which sequenced the first butterfly genome
Collaborator Contribution Many skills in genomic analysis and Heliconius biology
Impact Genome sequenced and published
Start Year 2010
 
Description Heliconius Genome Consortium 
Organisation Smithsonian Institution
Department Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Country Panama 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I led establishment of the Heliconius Genome Consortium which sequenced the first butterfly genome
Collaborator Contribution Many skills in genomic analysis and Heliconius biology
Impact Genome sequenced and published
Start Year 2010
 
Description Heliconius Genome Consortium 
Organisation University of the Andes, Chile
Country Chile 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I led establishment of the Heliconius Genome Consortium which sequenced the first butterfly genome
Collaborator Contribution Many skills in genomic analysis and Heliconius biology
Impact Genome sequenced and published
Start Year 2010
 
Description Royal Society Summer Science Exhibit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 15000 members of the public and schoolchildren attended the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibit in London and learnt about our work on wing pattern evolution in Heliconius

Feedback from teachers and schoolchildren indicated that we inspired new ways of thinking and understanding genetics and evolution
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://sse.royalsociety.org/2014/butterfly-evolution/