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Advances in zoology - MB170P87
Title: Advances in zoology
Czech title: Pokroky v zoologii
Guaranteed by: Department of Zoology (31-170)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Actual: from 2021 to 2022
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 2
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:0/3, C [DS]
Capacity: unlimited
Min. number of students: 5
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Note: enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: doc. Mgr. Pavel Munclinger, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): doc. Mgr. Pavel Munclinger, Ph.D.
Annotation -
Last update: doc. Mgr. Pavel Munclinger, Ph.D. (23.11.2022)
Lectures of invited guests. Winter semester 2022:


The lectures start on Friday, 14:30, at the anthropology lecture room, Viničná 7, ground floor, near the hind staircase.

Novel perspectives in speciation research and the role of non-Mendelian inheritance

The lecture will present current advances in knowledge about the role of non-Mendelian reproductive systems in speciation and biodiversity formation. It will be organized into several blocks including theoretical as well as practical aspects of genomic and cytogenetic research on clonal and polyploid organisms. These will include:

1. Brief recap on current knowledge about speciation in the face of gene flow and the evolution of postzygotic reproductive barriers (the speciation continuum). What are the “species” and how do we define them?
2. Review of reproductive modes in Metazoans with particular focus on how non-Mendelian inheritance affects the interspecific gene flow.
3. Extended speciation continuum: a conceptual shift implementing the evolution of non-Mendelian inheritance into the speciation research. Emergence of clonally reproducing “species” and the evolution of polyploidy.
4. Cytogenetic methods to investigate mitotic and (mainly)meiotic chromosomes of (partially)clonal and polyploid organisms.
5. Genomic and transcriptomic methods to investigate genomes and gene expression in diploid and polyploid organisms of hybrid origin.
6. Population genomics of asexual organisms

Anatolie Marta, Mgr. – cytogenetics, chromosomal speciation
Janko Karel, Mgr., PhD. – molecular ecology, genomics, transcriptomics
Dmitrii Dedukh, Mgr., PhD. – molecular cytogenetics, meiosis

Literature -
Last update: doc. Mgr. Pavel Munclinger, Ph.D. (25.10.2019)

We recomend reading of recent papers in leading journals of the field.

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