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30th of June 2020 was a very important date for our Group - our first birthday!
We are looking for motivated researchers - a Post-Doc and a Ph.D. Student - who will join us this fall in high-throughput studies of insect symbioses.
Sandra, Anna and Piotr have successfully sampled leafhoppers near the Institute of Environmental Sciences. We've caught multiple individuals of our target species. They will be used for fluorescent microscopy, long-read symbiont genome sequencing, as well as a population screen for an unusual bacterial symbiont that lives inside cells of another bacterial symbiont.
The lab is back to full operational capacity after COVID-related restrictions. And the latest amplicon sequencing run on the institutional Illumina MiSeq resulted in some of the cleanest 2 x 300 bp read data we have ever seen! The data will allow us to progress on several projects.
Piotr contributed to a collaborative paper in the journal Mycologia exploring the relationships among drug-producing, behavior-manipulating, sexually transmissible pathogenic fungi that attack different cicadas.