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Projektleitung an der Universität Würzburg:

The major research objective of CINCHRON is to advance knowledge in insect chronobiology. This will be
done in a number of insect models, including the vinegar fly, D. melanogaster, which provides the fundamental
knowledge of how circadian clocks work, relating directly to mammalian clocks and providing the connection with human
and animal well-being. The other insect models that will be studied are those that have robust seasonal responses
include the linden bug, Pyrrhocoris apterus which although not a pest, has become an important genetically tractable
model for diapause research in the past few years, the pest species Drosophila suzukii, (the spotted-wing Drosophila),
Ceratitis capitata (the Medfly), Bactrocera olei (the olive fly), Acyrthosiphon pisum (the pea aphid), and Nasonia
vitripennis (the parasitoid wasp), the latter an agent for biological control, Bombyx mori (the silkworm) and the pollinator,
Bombus terrestris (bumblebee). These latter species are of significant agricultural and economic implications. Our
proposal therefore impacts on both human health via fundamental studies of the circadian clock, and on food security via
the circadian and seasonal responses of insect pests.
Under this research umbrella lies the strategic objective, which is to increase the number of suitably trained
young researchers in modern insect molecular and comparative neurogenetics. The ESRs will learn skills in molecular
biology, neurobiology and neuroanatomy, genetics, ecology, evolution, behaviour, mathematical modelling, statistics and
bioinformatics, an unusual combination of multi-disciplinary skills. The students will develop their complementary and
transferable skills, but also be trained in entrepreneurship via exposure to the relevant private sectors. At a time when
global environmental changes are creating insect-related medical and agricultural challenges worldwide, the EU can illafford
a shortage of such suitably qualified young researchers. The consortium has therefore identified the ETN
programme as a vehicle for implementation of an interdisciplinary and intersectoral network bringing together the
complementary expertise of academic institutions and relevant industrial partners. This flexibility and adaptability should
ensure the future employability of the ESRs in academic or commercial environments. The training will be implemented
through scientific excellence, reflected in the international reputations of the laboratories in insect chronobiology. The
partner organisations are among the world leaders in the area of implementing methods of insect control. The projects
themselves reflect the calibre of the host laboratories and their interactions with sister-laboratories and the commercial
sector. Finally, the successful network training programme has been fully tried and tested in a previous successful ITN,
INsecTIME1, to which the majority of the laboratories and two of the commercial partners have contributed.

    Horizon 2020

Laufzeit: von 06.2018 bis 05.2021

EU ( H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017 )