Supported by the DFG Emmy Noether program, our research will continues to investigate the genetic basis of divergent preference behaviours in the sympatric species H. cydno and H. melpomene, as well as broaden out across the Heliconius radiation. The ultimate aim is to dissect the molecular basis of preference behaviours in this group to better understand how these phenotypes evolved and how this has influenced the evolution of new species. Our work will combine long term field and insectary based projects in the tropics with modern genomic and genetic techniques.

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