Research interests in our research group

Our group is interested on the role of alternative splicing of the genes, introgression (interspecific gene flow) and chromosomal inversions in cold adaptation at the genomic level. We use Drosophila virlis group flies, namely D. montana, D. flavomontana and D. lummei as model species. We also investigate the effects of Trypanosoma parasites on mortality, locomotor activity and cold tolerance of the flies.

 

Selected recent publications

Parker, D. J., Wiberg, R. A. W., Trivedi, U., Tyukmaeva, V., Gharbi, K., Butlin, R. K., Hoikkala, A., Kankare*, M. & Ritchie*, M. G. (2018). Inter- and intra-specific genomic divergence in Drosophila montana shows evidence for cold adaptation. BioRxiv https://doi.org/10.1101/282582. *corresponding authors.

Tapanainen, R., Parker, D.J. and Kankare, M. (2018). Photosensitive alternative splicing of the circadian clock gene timeless is population specific in cold-adapted fly Drosophila montana. 3G: Genes, Genomes and Genetics, doi:10.1534/g3.118.200050

Salminen, T, Merisalo, M., Laiho, A., Hoikkala, A. and Kankare, M. (2015). Plastic phenotypic and expressional changes regulated by seasonal cues enable insects to survive over the harsh winter period at high latitudes. Scientific Reports, 5: 11197.