June 1, 2020 — A student research part of the FoodGutBrain project organized by the Student Union of the Department of Biotechnology started in September 2019 under the leadership of student Marko Rubinić and the mentorship of Ana Filošević, Ph.D. and Rozi Andretić Waldowski, PhD.
The project investigates the influence of food on the intestinal microbiome and behavior using the fruit fly (D. melanogaster) as a model organism. The research work was carried out in the Laboratory for Behavioral Genetics of the Department of Biotechnology in Rijeka, and partly in Istria, in collaboration with Science and Education Center in Višnjan.
The interesting fact is that the use of fruit flies in scientific research is not subject to ethics and cultivation and maintenance are cheap, while the development cycle lasts only fourteen days. The fly as a model organism is subject to the 3R (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement) principle as part of sustainable development.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the rest of the project is now being carried out online, through a survey and a quiz, and through webinars intended for the general public.
Join the survey here. It is valid from 1st to 15th of June 2020.
The project is supported by the Foundation of the University of Rijeka and OIKON Ltd. – Institute of Applied Ecology.
More information: https://sz.uniri.hr/vijesti_zborovi/foodgutbrain-uvod/