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  • Finland

  • PL 65 (Viikinkaari 1)



  • Viikinkaari 1, Biocentre 3

    00790 Helsinki


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Species in the wild are constantly faced with environmental variation, for example, in resource availability. The ability to cope with, react or even adapt to such environmental stress is therefore essential. We are using the Glanville fritillary butterfly (Melitaea cinxia) as a study system to investigate how genetic variation underpinning individual differences in key life-history traits are influenced by environmental conditions during development, life history trade-offs and ecological factors that vary among populations. This system offers a unique opportunity to study these questions, as long term data on the population dynamics and ecologically relevant information are available for more than 500 local-populations of the butterfly, key life-history traits can be assesses for large number of individuals, and the molecular tools are now available for this species to apply genomic research to ecologically relevant traits.

Our project on the ecological immunology in the Glanville fritillary butterfly was initiated in 2013. The projects aims to understand whether developmental conditions can work as predictive cues guiding individual's later life immune responses in an adaptive way, whether such responses can last across generations, and what is the influence of high immune defence investment on other key life-history traits under semi-natural conditions. We are using molecular and genomic tools to assess the role of genetic and epigenetic variation in shaping immune defence as a response to developmental stress.

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  • 1181 Ekologi, evolutionsbiologi

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Publikationer 2005 2019

Developmental stage-dependent response and preference for host plant quality in an insect herbivore

Salgado, A. L. & Saastamoinen, M., apr 2019, I : Animal Behaviour. 150, s. 27-38 12 s.

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Life history alterations upon oral and hemocoelic bacterial exposure in the butterfly Melitaea cinxia

Woestmann, L., Stucki, D. & Saastamoinen, M., 28 aug 2019, I : Ecology and Evolution. 16 s.

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Moderate plant water stress improves larval development, and impacts immunity and gut microbiota of a specialist herbivore

Rosa, E., Minard, G., Lindholm, J. & Saastamoinen, M., 20 feb 2019, I : PLoS One. 14, 2, 13 s., 0204292.

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Finnish Academy PhD-thesis award

Marjo Saastamoinen (!!Recipient), 2008

Pris: Pris och hedersbetygelser

Aktiviteter 2007 2019

Monimuotoisuutta tutkimassa

Bess Hardwick (Deltagare), Laura Antao (Deltagare), Viia Forsblom (Deltagare), Maria Hällfors (Deltagare), Pauliina Hyttinen (Deltagare), Malcolm Itter (Deltagare), Elina Kaarlejärvi (Deltagare), Anna-Liisa Laine (Deltagare), Øystein Opedal (Deltagare), Otso Ovaskainen (Deltagare), Marjo Saastamoinen (Deltagare), Jarno Vanhatalo (Deltagare), Benjamin Weigel (Deltagare), Tomas Roslin (Deltagare)
sep 2019

Aktivitet: Andra aktivitetstyperTyper av övriga aktiviteter - Övrigt

ESEB 2017

Marjo Saastamoinen (Medlem i organisationskommitté)

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium

Post doctoral Advisor - Anniina Mattila

Marjo Saastamoinen (Handledare)
jan 2017 → …

Aktivitet: ExaminationstyperPost doctoral mentor

PhD- thesis supervision - Torsti Schultz

Marjo Saastamoinen (Handledare)
2017 → …

Aktivitet: ExaminationstyperHandledare eller bihandledare av doktorsavhandling

Departmental seminar at the Oxford Brooks University

Marjo Saastamoinen (Närvarande)

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangPublic Talks