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Timothy Penny

Timothy

PhD student

Email: t.penny@qmul.ac.uk

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Project title: The role of beneficial microbes in Insect Adaptation

Summary: Exploring multiple factors to explain the diversity and distribution of bacterial symbionts of aphids. A large part of the project will be looking at recent and past co-evolution between aphids and a defensive symbiont, which will involve cross-infection experiments to infer costs of infection and host ranges and co-phylogenetic analysis to examine co-diversification and transfer events. The project will also examine symbiont:parasite co-evolution to explain symbiont distribution.

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