Invertebrates

***While the museum building is closed for
renovation, scientific research continues at Tervuren.***

invertebratesThe activities of the ‘Invertebrates’ scientific service include research, information collection and dissemination, and the organization of training courses on certain invertebrate groups of the Afrotropical region.

Research is centred on the study of the biodiversity of tropical African invertebrates. Areas of research cover different disciplines:

  •  taxonomy,
  •  population genetics,
  •  phylogenetics,
  •  biogeography,
  •  biodiversity,
  •  ecosystems,
  •  etc.

Research activities include both individual projects and multidisciplinary approaches with other services within the institution or other national or international research institutes.

Research is centred on the collections. Field research yields new specimens that are used as reference material for future research. Storage, documentation, and optimal conservation of collections are carried out in close collaboration with the Biological Collection and Data Management service.

The service has unique expertise in the research of specific invertebrate groups of the Afrotropical region. It also has extensive documentation and data sheets on tropical African invertebrates in general. This information is made available to third parties, particularly our African partners. Data management and dissemination is carried out in collaboration with the Biological Collection and Data Management service.
 

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