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The future research vessel © Freire Shipyard/Rolls-Royce Marine AS
01/03/2019

Vote for the name of our new research vessel!

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Charlotte Degueldre

On 6 November 2018, the cabinet Science Policy launched a competition for secondary schools to propose a name for the new Belgian oceanographic research vessel, which we expect at the end of 2020. Several schools have shown their most original side.

Visual MNF 2019 (c) Brussels Museums
30/01/2019

MNF 2019 | US Sport Party

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Charlotte Degueldre

Give me an M

Give me an N

Give me an F

MNF!

Sardines (Stolothrissa tanganicae) from Lake Tanganyika. (Photo: Els De Keyzer)
15/01/2019

Sardines of Lake Tanganyika Prove One And Indivisible

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Reinout Verbeke

The sardines from Lake Tanganyika (Africa) form one homogeneous group, according to a genetic study. This implies that the four countries around the lake will have to team up to maintain the overfished sardines. The fish offers food security to millions of people in Central Africa.

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.

Some organisms - like this saltmarsh beetle - can evolve surprisingly quickly by re-using ancient gene variants that were once useful. (Image: RBINS)
04/12/2018

Rapid Evolution Through Defrosted Ice Age Genes

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Reinout Verbeke

Researchers of our Institute discovered that organisms can evolve surprisingly quickly by re-using ancient gene variants that were once useful. Understanding how species manage to adapt quickly is important in times of sudden changes in climate and environment.

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