IEA Sulmacgen will be active in 2020 and 2021, notably through Dr. Julie Duboscq (CNRS), in collaboration with the IPB (Institute Pertanian Bogor) and the National Museum of Natural History, Paris.

The objectives of this collaboration are to study of the crested macaques in their natural environment within the established Macaca Nigra Project and to develop a specific study on the feedback loops between social dynamics and genetic relatedness. Macaques share the same social organisation but different social styles. The crested macaques are unique because more social than any other species. A pending question about the evolution of such specificity is the impact of kinship on social relationships, at the heart of the costs and benefits of social life. Currently, kinship in wild animals rests on noninvasive samples and is assessed through a mixed use of genetic markers and observational pedigree which is unsatisfyingly slow and imprecise. The project thus proposes to develop an advanced protocol to obtain high resolution genetic data through capture-based enrichment genotyping and sequencing. This will generate genomic data of great further application potential.

This IEA project involves the CNRS, the Pertanian Bogor Institute (IPB) and the National Museum of Natural History in Paris.