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Infrastructure grant for 3D-visualization laboratory and phenomics

Together with several other Principal Investigators (PIs) within and outside the CAnMove-environment, Erik Svensson applied for an Infrastructure Grant from the Science Faculty last winter to initiate a 3D-visualization laboratory at the Biology Department - and got it!
3D visualisation

The goal was to purchase equipment for 3D-visualization of animal form, particularly shape, in the form of laserscanners for both large (e. g. birds, bats, fish, lizards) and small animals (e. g. insects). Size and shape are important traits for animal function and fitness, e. g. for locomotion, thermoregulation, mate choice and sexual selection and natural selection. Quantifying size and shape more rapidly and efficiently is part of a growing research trend in the postgenomic era which is sometimes termed phenomics.

We were recently happy to find out that the Science Faculty has awarded our consortium 1.2 million SEK to purchase this equipment, and partly cover the salary of Giuseppe Bianco to get this new 3D-lab up and running, hopefully sometime in 2017. We are of course delighted for this great news, and we hope that also other researchers and groups outside our consortium will be able to utilize this new equipment in the future.

The application consortium consists of Erik Svensson (main applicant; Evolutionary Ecology), Jessica Abbott(Evolutionary Ecology), Christer Brönmark (Aquatic Ecology), Mats Eriksson (Department of Geology), Anders Hedenström (Evolutionary Ecology), Christoffer Johansson (Evolutionary Ecology), Johan Lindgren(Department of Geology), Tobias Uller (Evolutionary Ecology) and Niklas Wahlberg (Biological Museums/Biodiversity Unit).

/Erik Svensson

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