Next generation sequencing techniques, phylogenomics and molecular taxonomy are generating unprecedented amounts of data which challenge concepts of data analyses and storage.Within the zmb we are trying to face these challenges by developing new algorithms, software, the establishment of a high performance computing (HPC) LINUX cluster, and adequate archiving systems.
New experimental and computational techniques provide exciting opportunities to unravel the genomic basis of how new phenotypic traits emerge and how existing traits adapt, hence how biodiversity is formed and changed. To reconstruct the evolutionary history of novel phenotypes an integrated, phylogenomic perspective is now possible. Insects, being the most species rich phylum of higher eukaryotes, are a particularly promising and amenable system to study the complexities of evolutionary innovations.
Molecular genetic methods provide taxonomy with a powerful tool to reidentify or describe species as they apply to all organisms (irrespective of developmental stage, sex, or body part) and offer universal, quantifiable characters. With DNA barcoding, the foundation is laid for automated and accelerated taxon identification - and thus for effective biodiversity monitoring, upon which conservation depends.
The Leibniz Graduate School on Genomic Biodiversity Research (GBR) is a cooperative initiative of the Münster Graduate School of Evolution Initiative (MGSEI) at the University of Münster and the Bonn International Graduate School (BIGS) of the University of Bonn.