A conference on the formation of new species recalls the figure of the scientist Mario Fares

The assembly hall of the main building of the Science Park of the University of Valencia (UV) will host, on Tuesday, April 12 at 12:30 p.m., the lecture Emerging by fusion: genomics and evolutionary implications of hybridisation, given by Toni Gabaldón within the framework of the Mario Fares Memorial. The presentation can be attended either in person or online.

Toni Gabaldón, research professor at the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), will give the lecture with the aim of presenting the implications of hybridisation in the formation of new species based on real examples. Through this process, defined as the cross between two varieties or races of one or several species, hybrids originate from the mating of two divergent organisms, causing species with chimeric genomes and that present phenotypic traits - genotype adapted to a certain environment - that allow them to thrive in new ecosystems.

Recent research has shown that the hybridisation process occurs in various lineages of eukaryotes. Although hybrids were considered a rarity because they were studied in plants and animals, for some organisms such as single-celled fungi, the origin of key traits and entire lineages depends on hybridisation.

Mario Fares was a scientist who developed his career between the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the University of Dublin. He developed 84 publications and 9 posthumous works on genetic duplication, evolution of species and analysis of biological factors. For his work, he received around ¤3 million in Project Grants and awards such as the Young Researcher Award from the President of Ireland (2004); the Fellow of Trinity College Dublin (2010) and the FulBright Fellowship (2003).

The Mario Fares Memorial is organised by the I2SysBio, the Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology (ICBiBE) and the Scientific Culture and Innovation Unit of the University of Valencia (UCC+i). The Ministry of Science and Innovation of the Government of Spain, the Faculty of Biological Sciences of the UV and the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECyT) also collaborate.

Online presentation at this link .

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