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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Publications Publications

S. Chafino; D. López-Escardó; G. Benelli; H. Kovac; E. Casacuberta; X. Franch-Marro; J. Kathirithamby & D. Martín 2018. Differential expression of the adult specifier E93 in the strepsipteran Xenos vesparum Rossi suggests a role in female neoteny. . Scientific Reports . Article number: 14176. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-32611-y

Martínez R.; Esteve-Codina A.; Herrero-Nogareda L.; Ortiz-Villanueva E.; Barata C.; Tauler R.; Raldúa D.; Piña B.; Navarro-Martín L. 2018. Dose-dependent transcriptomic responses of zebrafish eleutheroembryos to Bisphenol A. Environmental Pollution. 243():988-997 doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2018.09.043

Campbell, K.; Lebreton, G.; Franch-Marro, X.; Casanova, J. 2018. Differential roles of the Drosophila EMT-inducing transcription factors Snail and Serpent in driving primary tumour growth. PLoS Genetics. 14(2):e1007167 doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1007167

Brito J.C.; Durant S.M.; Pettorelli N.; …[8 authors]…; Gonçalves D.V.; …[15 authors]… ; Boratyński Z.; Rebelo H.; Carvalho S.B. 2018. Armed conflicts and wildlife decline: Challenges and recommendations for effective conservation policy in the Sahara-Sahel. Conservation Letters. : doi: 10.1111/conl.12446

Romero-Rivas C.; Corey J.D.; Garcia X.; Thierry G.; Martin C.D.; Costa A. 2017. World knowledge and novel information integration during L2 speech comprehension. Bilingualism. 20(3):576-587