The object of study of the research group are the mechanisms that regulate the metamorphosis of insects , and how these mechanisms have evolved from ancestral species, with a gradual metamorphosis (like in cockroaches or locusts), to the most modified species, with a discontinuous metamorphosis (like in butterflies or flies). Therefore, the questions that the research group on the Evolution of insect metamorphosis seek to answer are: How did metamorphosis develop in insects? What endocrine and molecular mechanisms led to the evolutionary transition from gradual to discontinuous metamorphosis?

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Folguera G.; Bastías DA.; Caers J.; Rojas JM.; Piulachs MD.; Bellés X.; Bozinovic F. 2011. An experimental test of the role of environmental temperature variability on ectotherm molecular, physiological and life-history traits: Implications for global warmingComparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology 159(3): 242-246.

Cristino, AS.; Tanaka, ED.; Rubio, M.; Piulachs, M-D.; Belles, X. 2011. Deep Sequencing of Organ- and Stage-Specific microRNAs in the Evolutionarily Basal Insect Blattella germanica (L.) (Dictyoptera, Blattellidae)PLoS ONE 6(4): e19350. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019350

Clynen, E.; Ciudad,L.; Bellés, X.; Piulachs, MD. 2011. Conservation of fruitless' role as master regulator of male courtship behaviour from cockroaches to fliesDevelopment Genes and Evolution 221(1): 43-48.

Bellés, X. 2011. When inordinate tissue growth is beneficial: Improving silk production by increasing silk gland size. Cell Research  21:862-863. doi:10.1038/cr.2011.68

Bauer, A. M.; Parham, J. F.; Brown, R. M.; [5 authors]; Carranza, S.; Grismer, J. L.; Wagner, P.; Schmitz, A.; Ananjeva, N. B.; Inger, R. F. 2011. Availability of new Bayesian-delimited gecko names and the importance of character-based species descriptions. Proceedings of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences 278: 490-492.