The interactive effect of maternal nutrition and microbiome on offspring immunity and fitness

Project Details

Layman's description

We are developing a formal framework and designing experiments to better understand how early condition (nutrition, juvenile environment, and maternal environment) shape later life in insects and how that may influence their immunity in relation to both mother and offspring microbiome. Dr. Barreaux (Bristol, UK) will spend time (May-Jun) in the lab of Dr. Ponton (Macquarie, Australia) on a pilot study modifying nutrition in juvenile and adult mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti) and flies (Drosophila melanogaster). Differences in the gut microbiota, in immune response and in life history (size, survival and reproduction) will be recorded in both sexes of both species. Dr. English (Bristol, UK) will also visit Macquarie to discuss the results, the theoretical models, and larger grant applications (Jun-July).

This project is funded thanks to an award from the International Strategic Fund at the University of Bristol.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/01/2031/07/20