Big ideas in Biology - Dr Alexander (Sasha) Mikheyev - Coevolution while you wait: the arms race between honey bees and ectoparasitic mites

Seminar/Forum

Big ideas in Biology - Dr Alexander (Sasha) Mikheyev - Coevolution while you wait: the arms race between honey bees and ectoparasitic mites

Novel diseases and pathogens force populations to adapt or face potential extinction. Likewise, parasites must evolve to reach a fitness optimum on their new host. Despite the ubiquity of this adversarial coevolutionary relationship, how it takes place at the genomic level remains poorly understood, particularly in natural environments. I will explore how species acquire new parasites, and the coevolutionary dynamics such host-switch events trigger using the ongoing battle between honey bees and their Varroa mites, the principle cause of worldwide bee declines.

Following the seminar, a light lunch will be provided in Drummond North, Biosciences 4

Presenter

  • Dr  Alexander (Sasha)  Mikheyev
    Dr Alexander (Sasha) Mikheyev , Future Fellow, Research School of Biology