Sperm evolution across reproductive and fertilization modes

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Sperm evolution across reproductive and fertilization modes

Projektbeskrivning

Spermatozoa are the most diverse cell type, a fact that has intrigued evolutionary biologists for centuries. So far, only studies within animal groups that vary mostly in minor (size), not major (shape) sperm design have been conducted. Consequently, this key question remains unanswered. Water bears (Tardigrada) are tiny eight-legged animals, best known for surviving extreme conditions (even outer Space!). But their spermatozoa are equally strange – tufted tails, hinged heads, no mitochondria… all the diversity needed to finally tackle the issue within a single group. This project will also brings tardigrade research into Finland, providing a source of new and charismatic creatures to inspire the next generation of scientists.
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Startår

2021

Slutår

2023

Beviljade finansiering

Sara Calhim Orcid -palvelun logo
197 784 €

Finansiär

Suomen Akatemia

Typ av finansiering

Akademiforskarens forskningskostnader

Utlysning

Academy Research Fellows: follow-on funding for research costs, invited applicants only 2020

Övriga uppgifter

Finansieringsbeslutets nummer

335759

Vetenskapsområden

Ekologi, evolutionsbiologi

Forskningsområden

Ekologia, evoluutiobiologia ja ekofysiologia