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Ecological Genomics Institute

Ecological Genomics Institute

The way in which organisms react to their environments involves both short-term ecological and long-term evolutionary responses. The complexity of these interactions has made their genetic and mechanistic dissection difficult. However, advances in high-throughput genomic technologies and computational methods to handle the enormous amounts of data now make these complex questions tractable. For example, we can now determine the effects of the abiotic environment on individuals at the level of gene expression as well as the extent of genetic variation within whole populations and even communities at the level of the whole genome. These innovations promise to illuminate genome function by elucidating the functions of unfamiliar genes and relevant ecological drivers by determining responsive genome functions.

The field of Ecological Genomics seeks to understand the genetic mechanisms underlying responses of organisms to their natural environments. By its very nature, ecological genomics is an interdisciplinary field, requiring a multidisciplinary approach that combines field studies with laboratory experiments with in ecologically relevant framework that integrates disciplines by using genomic approaches in an ecological context.

The Kansas State University Ecological Genomics Institute (KSU EGI) seeks to provide an intellectual environment as well as resources to enable integrated research approaches that address these questions. Currently, over 20 KSU laboratories across at least three colleges are affiliated with the KSU EGI. More information can be found on our website.
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