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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.

Pupils looking at the stick insects in their classroom
19/10/2016

‘Stick Insects In Class’ wins Science Communication award

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Reinout Verbeke
Two entomologists from our Institute have won an award from the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.
Our famous Goyet dog skull, the oldest dog identified to date, is being sampled for DNA analysis. (photo: Reinout Verbeke - RBINS)
14/10/2016

How DNA Reveals Ancient Secrets

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Jonas Van Boxel

A Neanderthal bone, a mummified Egyptian cat, a dog from Siberian permafrost, a sturgeon from Roman times or medieval plant remains: their DNA is a fantastic source of information. But the genetic code of these ancient organisms is not easy to crack.

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