6 Aug 2020
Inside every cell lies a genome – a full set of DNA that contains the instructions for building an organism. Across the biological world, genomes show a staggering diversity in size. For example, the...
Type: Press release
3 Aug 2020
From left to right: Simone Pigolotti (OIST Biological Complexity Unit), Gaku Tokuda (University of the Ryukyus), Yukihiro Kinjo (OIST Evolutionary Genomics Unit) and Tom Bourguignon (OIST...
Type: Photo
3 Aug 2020
A microscope image showing Blattabacterium, a species of bacteria that lives inside the cells of cockroaches and termites.
Type: Photo
16 Jul 2020
Ocean plankton are the drifters of the marine world. They’re algae, animals, bacteria, or protists that are at the mercy of the tide and currents. Many are microscopic and hidden from view, barely...
Type: Press release
18 Oct 2019
Despite their important ecological role as decomposers, termites are often overlooked in research. Evolutionary biologists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST...
Type: Press release
8 Oct 2019
The new phylogeny correctly places the Sphaerotermitinae as a sister of the Macrotermitinae, within the Termitidae family. Both subfamilies display the rare behavior of building combs within their...
Type: Photo
8 Oct 2019
From left to right: Professor Thomas Bourguignon, a Termitidae nest, and Dr. Aleš Buček.
Type: Photo
16 Feb 2018
Termite workers surround their queen. The queen and king pass on gut bacteria to their offspring during colony foundation.
Type: Photo
16 Feb 2018
Termites (Cubitermes sp.), including termite larvae (white), workers (brown without large jaws) and soldiers (brown with large jaws).
Type: Photo
16 Feb 2018
A pile of dead wood, leaf litter and soil might look like garden waste to us. But to termites, it’s a nutritious lunch. Termites are among the rare organisms that can feed on wood. This remarkable...
Type: Press release
15 Feb 2018
Thomas Bourguignon analyzes termites in the Evolutionary Genomics lab at OIST.
Type: Photo
9 Nov 2016
OIST is proud to announce that five new faculty members have joined the university. Prof. Yasha Neiman, Prof. Izumi Fukunaga, Prof. Yejun Feng, Prof. Thomas Bourguignon and Prof. Marylka...
Type: News Article
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