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Roraima firefly larva. (Photo: RBINS)
19/11/2019

Firefly Stops Glowing And Preys On Its Predator

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Reinout Verbeke

Belgian biologist Philippe Kok has found that larvae of a firefly species in South-America shifted their diet to a small toad that is supposed to be their predator. Interestingly, the larvae have stopped glowing. In this way, they can better ambush the toad.

A wild bee of the Halictidae family (©Alain Pauly, RBINS) in front of a tiny part of its DNA sequence
21/12/2018

Tested and approved: affordable application of new DNA sequencing technologies

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Siska Van Parys

Scientists of our institute and the RMCA (Royal Museum for Central Africa) have successfully applied a technique enabling the collection of DNA of many specimens at a relatively cheap cost.

Newly described species Epimeria loerzae from the Antarctic (Photo: Cédric d'Udekem d'Acoz, RBINS)
16/10/2017

28 New Amphipod Species Discovered in Antarctica

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Reinout Verbeke

Biologists Cédric d'Udekem d'Acoz and  Marie Verheye of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences have discovered no less than 28 new amphipod species in Antarctica.

Biologists Sophie Gryseels, Herwig Leirs and Erik Verheyen will investigate the cause of the 2017 Ebola outbreak in northern Congo (Photo: University of Antwerp)
27/06/2017

Belgian Researchers Join Investigation Into Cause of Ebola Outbreak in Congo

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Reinout Verbeke

A small-scale Ebola epidemic broke out in northern Congo in May was contained relatively quickly.

A typical city-dwelling carabid beetle: Harpalus affinis. De species tolerates higher temperatures and has long wings. (Photo: Andrey Vlasenko)
07/02/2017

Urbanization Leads to Poorer Insect Communities

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Reinout Verbeke

Cities eliminate less mobile species and favour those that thrive at higher temperatures. This is the conclusion of a field study conducted in 81 places in Belgium.

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