Welcome to Deepa Agashe’s lab at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore!

Organisms often face new, changing or otherwise challenging environments, which can drive evolutionary adaptations. However, different populations and species often respond differentially to the same environmental change, potentially altering their evolutionary trajectories. For instance, some organisms flourish in new environments, whereas others go extinct. What factors determine individual and population-level responses, and what are the... Continue Reading →

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Rittik starts new faculty position

Former postdoctoral fellow Rittik Deb has joined the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) Bhubaneswar as an Assistant Professor. Congratulations Rittik, and we look forward to all of the exciting discoveries that you and your group will make in the coming years!

New paper: Review on evolutionary prediction

In late 2019, a bunch of people gathered at the Lorentz Center in The Netherlands to think about how we can predict evolution, and what we need to do better. It was a fantastic meeting, and we just published one of the outcomes – a review discussing different kinds of evolutionary predictions, factors that increase predictability,... Continue Reading →

New paper: Bacterial associates can increase rice yield

The results of our field study of the impact of different Methylobacterium strains on their host rice landraces (traditionally cultivated rice varieties from Manipur) are out! We find that strains show host-specific effects (beneficial or deleterious). Though the mechanisms remain unclear still, it is clear that there is enormous potential to use beneficial host-bacterial interactions for... Continue Reading →

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