|Anotation||The project focuses on systematic studies based on molecular phylogenetic analyses and morphological studies of symbiotic shrimps of the family Palaemonidae, and of dipterous insects (order Diptera) of the families Myklaphilidae, Bolitophilidae, Sciaridae, Bibionidae, and Cecidomyiidae. The present project follows up on previous researches dealing with phylogenetic relationships within these families, which already allowed us to insight to their inner diversity and led to discoveries of undescribed taxa.
To confirm hypotheses on molecular phylogenies of studied groups, single and multi-gene analyses of DNA will be used. For this purposes, mitochondrial (12S, 16S, CytB, COI) and nuclear markers (H3, 18S, 28S, EF1a, CAD) will be amplified along with other newly designed markers.
The research team possesses one of the richest and ever-growing collection of symbiotic shrimps, mainly from the South China, and the Red Sea, and from scientific expeditions to Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Martinique. Further necessary material is available through our closer cooperation with museums and universities, especially in Frankfurt, Paris, Leiden, Oxford, and Taiwan. Within the dipterous insects own collections are also available, in addition to that, cooperation especially with experts from Northern Europe, the Baltic states (Norway, Finland and Estonia), and eventually also from the North America is maintained and thus further important material on Diptera may also be available for analyses.
The outputs of this project will be published in scientific impact-factor journals, or at national and international scientific conferences.