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IDENTIFYING SYLVATIC RESERVOIR SPECIES OF OUTBREAK-PRONE ARTHROPODBORNE VIRUSES THROUGH LARGE-SCALE SEROSTATUS MAPPING IN AFRICAN WILDLIFE - credit: Prescott Musaba @UNIKIS_DRC
01/01/2020 to 31/12/2024

IDENTIFYING SYLVATIC RESERVOIR SPECIES OF OUTBREAK-PRONE ARTHROPODBORNE VIRUSES THROUGH LARGE-SCALE SEROSTATUS MAPPING IN AFRICAN WILDLIFE

Arthropod-borne (arbo)viruses require a hematophagous arthropod vector for transmission to vertebrates and are responsible for a significant global public health burden with over 100 viral species having the capacity to cause disease in humans.

BIODIVERSITY CHANGES IN AFRICAN FORESTS AND EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES: SHOULD WE WORRY? (BIODIV-AFREID:)
01/01/2020 to 31/12/2023

BIODIVERSITY CHANGES IN AFRICAN FORESTS AND EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES: SHOULD WE WORRY? (BIODIV-AFREID)

Since the publication of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005) report, there has been an increased attention to the links between biodiversity, ecosystem services and human wellbeing.

01/12/2019 to 31/03/2024

Insect Service and Biodiversity in Agroecological Farming (ISeBAF)

We propose to focus on two major functional groups of insects that are of interest in agroecological farming, namely pollinators, particularly bees (Hymenoptera, Apoidea) and flower flies (Diptera, Syrphidae), but also pests, particularly fruit flies (Diptera, Tephritidae) as targets and proxies for the evaluation of pollinator & pest biodiv

owl
01/01/2019 to 31/12/2021

HARRY POTTER AND THE FATE OF THE EUROPEAN BARN OWL (OWL)

We characterise the genetic diversity of the current Tyto alba population in Belgium and compare this to the genetic diversity from before the Harry Potter hype. This comparison will highlight whether/how much genetic material from foreign subspecies has entered our local population.

kearad
01/01/2019 to 31/12/2019

RAD SEQUENCING TO RECONSTRUCT THE EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY OF THE CICHLID ASSEMBLAGES OF THE LAKE VICTORIA REGION SUPERFLOCK (KEREAD)

The cichlid species flocks of the East African Great Lakes form the most spectacular examples of adaptive radiation and explosive speciation in vertebrates. The endemic cichlid species flocks from some of the lesser lakes, such as Albert, Edward and Kivu have remained largely overlooked.

Wing dimorphism in the carabid beetle Bembidion properans.
01/01/2019 to 31/12/2019

UNDERSTANDING THE GENOMIC BASIS OF TAXON-WIDE PARALLEL WING EVOLUTION IN CARABID BEETLES

The recurrent gain and loss of identical but complex traits during the time course of evolution has puzzled evolutionary biologists since Darwin.

africanlakes
01/04/2018 to 30/09/2019

STRENGTHENING CAPACITY IN RESEARCH, POLICY AND MANAGEMENT THROUGH DEVELOPMENT OF A NETWORK OF AFRICAN GREAT LAKES BASIN STAKEHOLDERS

To develop a perpetual network of key stakeholders to collaborate and coordinate action on priority research, policy and management issues on the African Great Lakes region through regular and consistent communication exchange, this project will host an applied, collaborative workshop which creates lake committees on each of the African Great La

sprat sardine project
01/01/2017 to 31/12/2019

POPULATION GENOMICS OF THE LAKE TANGANYIKA SPRAT (Stolothrissa tanganicae)

The Lake Tanganyika sprat (Stolothrissa tanganicae) and the Lake Tanganyika sardine (Limnothrissa miodon), form the bulk of the fisheries in Lake Tanganyika, which provide a livelihood for tens of thousands of lakeshore fishermen and a cheap source of protein for millions of people in the neighbouring countries.

The two male morphs of the dwarf spider Oedothorax gibbosus.
01/01/2016 to 31/12/2019

SUPERGENES, PHENOTYPIC SWITCHING AND THE EVOLUTION AND MAINTENANCE OF VARIATION IN CONSPICUOUS SEXUALLY SELECTED TRAITS (SUPERGENES)

Secondary sexual traits, being traits that allow males to increase their mating success, such as the Peacock’s tail, represent one of the most astonishing and rapidly evolving traits in nature.

BopCo (Bushmeat project)
01/11/2015 to 30/11/2020

Barcoding Facility for Organisms and Tissues of Policy Concern

The Barcoding Facility for Organisms and Tissues of Policy Concern (BopCo) is a, BELSPO financed, species identification service that provides access to expertise and infrastructure necessary to identify specimens, tissues or derived products of organisms of policy concern:

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