Entomologendag 2015

Thanks to Bart Pannebakker and the Dutch Entomology Society for the invite to their Entomologendag 2015 conference yesterday. It was a great pleasure to give the plenary talk and to enjoy many excellent talks during the day, meeting old friends and new early-stage researchers. A fun day!

Nicki’s paper out in G3

Our paper on gene expression during oviposition and sex allocation in Nasonia headed-up by Nicki is now out in print in G3. To access the paper, please go here.

Nasonia also made the cover! See Ferree et al. in the same issue for more Nasonia genome fun.

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Paper accepted in Genome Research

Dave has had a paper on the epigenetic basis of diapause in Nasonia accepted in Genome Research. In a collaboration led by Eran Tauber at Leicester, this work explores how day-length experienced by mothers – the critical cue for maternal programming of larval diapause – influences patterns of DNA methylation in female Nasonia, and shows that experimental manipulation of maternal methylation alters the frequency of diapausing offspring. This work is important for our understanding of larval diapause in Nasonia, but also more generally in terms of exploring the role of DNA methylation, and epigenetics more broadly, in insect function. We will let you know the paper is out in print.