Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Grand Exhibit Hall (Town and Country Hotel and Convention Center)
Next-Gen sequencing technology provided efficient genome mapping and assembly. Here we present the genome drafts of two ant species: Camponotus floridanus and Harpegnathos saltator. These two species represent distinct social structure and organization, and provide excellent models to study neurobiology, aging and development in a social colony environment. We compared candidate gene expression levels related to aging and development among the castes, and are investigating the epigenetic mechanisms controlling such differentiation. These research will facilitate the study of the complex eusocial insect in the laboratory system and further our understanding of the intricate epigenetic control behind social insect development.