Description of project:
Tephritidae is one of the largest dipteran families comprising >4000 species of which 350 are of economic importance (EI), mainly as pests of cultivated fruits. In Africa, most pest species belong to the genera Ceratitis, Dacus, and Bactrocera. TBI (Tephritid Barcoding Initiative) is an international project initiated by CBOL, that aims at barcoding all EI taxa and their congeners. The JEMU (Joint Experimental Molecular Unit), a joint unit of two BE-TAF members, focuses on barcoding initiatives for a wide variety of organisms. The Royal Museum for Central Africa has one of the most important collections of African fruit flies and has extensive expertise in the morphological taxonomy and systematics of the major pest genera.
Duration of training:
To be discussed with mentor, training from December 2011 onward
Candidates should have profound knowledge of work in a molecular laboratory, in particular with regard to extraction procedures, PCR and sequencing. The molecular aspect of the training is not intended as general training in barcoding but focuses on the specific techniques and protocols with regard to fruit flies.
Research project: within framework of JEMU and TBI
Name of mentor/supervisor:
Dr. Marc De Meyer
Royal Museum for Central Africa, Entomology Section
Leuvensesteenweg 13, B-3080 Tervuren, Belgium
There is a registration fee per participant of 500 euro for students and researchers (2500 euro for persons coming from private companies and industry). Participants are responsible for their own travel and subsistence expenses.
Deadline for registration: 1 October 2011
Participants will be notified by 14 October 2011 whether accepted to the training.
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Payment details and deadline will be provided upon acceptance to the training.