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MicroPhAn

We will sequence the genomes of the main bacterial endosymbionts of 100 species of a globally distributed aphid genus (Cinara). Using this data we will :
- conduct phylogenomic analyses of bacterial lineages and investigate the history of aphid/symbiont associations ;
- compare rates and patterns of molecular evolution of main symbiotic bacterial lineages ;
- investigate metabolic complementarities between bacterial symbionts ;
- illuminate the role of bacterial associations into aphid evolutionary transitions (e.g. : host plant shifts, climatic tolerance, and speciation).