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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.

Urbanization puts a great selection pressure on species and could disrupt ecosystems. (Photo: RBINS)
23/05/2018

Urbanization Affects Animal Body Size

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Reinout Verbeke

Animals in cities are considerably smaller or larger than species on the countryside, a large study concludes. Co-author Frederik Hendrickx (RBINS): ‘Urbanization puts a great selection pressure on species and could disrupt ecosystems.’

Cyrtodactylus bintangtinggi, een gecko co-described by Olivier Pauwels in 2012. (photo: Lee Grismer)
04/12/2017

Scientists Finish ‘Atlas of life’

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Jonas Van Boxel

An international team of researchers has made a catalogue of all reptiles on Earth. It is the last chapter in the ‘Atlas of life’, the first global review of all vertebrates on our planet. The atlas can be an important tool for the conservation of wildlife.

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