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Conservation of a pH-sensitive structure in the C-terminal region of spider silk extends across the entire silk gene family (2018)
Journal Article
Strickland, M., Tudorica, V., Řezáč, M., Thomas, N. R., & Goodacre, S. L. (in press). Conservation of a pH-sensitive structure in the C-terminal region of spider silk extends across the entire silk gene family. Nature, doi:10.1038/s41437-018-0050-9. ISSN 0028-0836

Spiders produce multiple silks with different physical properties that allow them to occupy a diverse range of ecological niches, including the underwater environment. Despite this functional diversity, past molecular analyses show a high degree of a... Read More

Antibiotic spider silk: site-specific functionalisation of recombinant spider silk using ‘click’- chemistry (2016)
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Harvey, D., Bardelang, P., Goodacre, S., Cockayne, A., & Thomas, N. R. (2017). Antibiotic spider silk: site-specific functionalisation of recombinant spider silk using ‘click’- chemistry. Advanced Materials, 29(10), doi:10.1002/adma.201604245

The use of functionalised recombinant spider silk as a sustainable advanced biomaterial is currently an area of intense interest owing to spider silk’s intrinsic strength, toughness, biocompatibility and biodegradability. This paper demonstrates, for... Read More

Sail or sink: novel behavioural adaptations on water in aerially dispersing species (2015)
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Hayashi, M., Bakkali, M., Hyde, A., & Goodacre, S. L. (2015). Sail or sink: novel behavioural adaptations on water in aerially dispersing species. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 15, doi:10.1186/s12862-015-0402-5

Background: Long-distance dispersal events have the potential to shape species distributions and ecosystem diversity over large spatial scales, and to influence processes such as population persistence and the pace and scale of invasion. How such dis... Read More

A screen for bacterial endosymbionts in the model organisms Tribolium castaneum, T. confusum, Callosobruchus maculatus, and related species (2015)
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Goodacre, S., Fricke, C., & Martin, O. (2015). A screen for bacterial endosymbionts in the model organisms Tribolium castaneum, T. confusum, Callosobruchus maculatus, and related species. Insect Science, 22(2), doi:10.1111/1744-7917.12096. ISSN 1672-9609

Reproductive parasites such as Wolbachia are extremely widespread amongst the arthropods and can have a large influence over the reproduction and fitness of their hosts. Undetected infections could thus confound the results of a wide range of studies... Read More

Sail or sink: novel behavioural adaptations on water in aerially dispersing species (2015)
Journal Article
Hayashi, M., Bakkali, M., Hyde, A., & Goodacre, S. (2015). Sail or sink: novel behavioural adaptations on water in aerially dispersing species. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 15, doi:10.1186/s12862-015-0402-5. ISSN 1471-2148

Background Long-distance dispersal events have the potential to shape species distributions and ecosystem diversity over large spatial scales, and to influence processes such as population persistence and the pace and scale of invasion. How such d... Read More

Molecular characterization of the malaria vector Anopheles barbirostris van der Wulp in Sri Lanka (2014)
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Gajapathy, K., Jude, P. J., Goodacre, S., Peiris, L. B., Ramasamy, R., & Surendran, S. N. (2014). Molecular characterization of the malaria vector Anopheles barbirostris van der Wulp in Sri Lanka. Parasites and Vectors, 7(1), doi:10.1186/1756-3305-7-348. ISSN 1756-3305

Background: Anopheles barbirostris is a vector of malaria in Sri Lanka. The taxon exists as a species complex in the Southeast Asian region. Previous studies using molecular markers suggest that there are more than 4 distinct clades within the An. ba... Read More

Can long-range PCR be used to amplify genetically divergent mitochondrial genomes for comparative phylogenetics?: a case study within spiders (Arthropoda: Araneae) (2013)
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Araneae). PLoS ONE, 8(5), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0062404. ISSN 1932-6203

The development of second generation sequencing technology has resulted in the rapid production of large volumes of sequence data for relatively little cost, thereby substantially increasing the quantity of data available for phylogenetic studies. De... Read More