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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Lin,Y.;Huang, J.; Liu, Y.; Belles, X.; Lee, H. 2017. Oral delivery of dsRNA lipoplexes to German cockroach protects dsRNA from degradation and induces RNAi response Pest Management Science. 73: 5, 960-966

Korb J.; Belles X. 2017. Juvenile hormone and hemimetabolan. Current Opinion in Insect Science. 22:109-116

Fernandez-Nicolas A.; Belles X. 2017. Juvenile hormone signaling in short germ-band hemimetabolan embryos. Development. 144(24):4637-4644

Borras-Castells, F.; Nieva, C.; Maestro, J.L.; Maestro, O.; Belles, X.; Martín, D. 2017. Juvenile hormone biosynthesis in adult Blattella germanica requires nuclear receptors Seven-up and FTZ-F1. Sci Rep 7:40234.