Investigating an ongoing selective sweep: the dynamics and consequences of the spread of male-killer suppression in the butterfly Hypolimnas bolina

Lead Research Organisation: University of Cambridge
Department Name: Zoology


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Description This study has documented a dramatic influence of natural selection on the genome of this butterfly due to the spread of a 'supressor' locus. This locus repressses the male-killing effect of a Wolbachia bacteria. It represents the strongest example of natural selection found to date in nature
Exploitation Route Find the gene involved in interaction for exploitation
Sectors Education,Environment

Description In educational materials (2 academic books, 1 public science book in progress)
First Year Of Impact 2010
Sector Education
Impact Types Cultural

Description NERC Directed Mode grant
Amount £460,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/N010434/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2016 
End 07/2019
Title Hypolimnasshortreads 
Description Short read data for Hypolimnas transcriptome 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2014 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Paper in PloS Genetics 
Description Lecture to Secondary school science teachers 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Lecture to Science educators conference in 'Science in the Real World' programme, on microbial importance in animal biology, ecology and evolution. Interest afterwards via email; potentially to be made into podcast for the British Ecological Society Engagement series.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016