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Life holotype of Pristimantis boucephalus sp. nov. in dorsal view. (Photo: Edgar Lehr)
01/06/2017

EJT: 1000 species and beyond!

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Reinout Verbeke

European Journal of Taxonomy, co-founded by our Institute, is thrilled to announce the publication of the journal’s 1000th new species.

Map of the 22 sampled communities of animals and plants. The colors represent the strength to which each community shifted towards warm (pink) or cold-dwelling species (blue).
17/02/2017

More Warm-dwelling Animals and Plants as a Result of Climate Change

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Reinout Verbeke

Populations of warm-dwelling species have increased in Central Europe since 1980, particularly among terrestrial species, a new comprehensive study claims.

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.

Retired taxonomists Patrick Grootaert and Léon Baert. 'Taxonomy is more than collecting stamps' (Photo: Reinout Verbeke, RBINS)
18/01/2017

Taxonomists, An Endangered Species

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Reinout Verbeke

Taxonomists describe, define and identify life on Earth. This fundamental work is necessary to preserve and protect declining biodiversity.

Plants will be planted in these gabions. (photo: Jérôme Constant)
14/12/2016

A Simple Solution to Make the Leopold Park Pond Healthy Again

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Jonas Van Boxel

The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences wants to bring back biodiversity in the neighbouring Leopold Park by rehabilitating a natural bank around the pond.

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