A roadmap for Island biology

A recent paper, following the conference of Island Biology 2016 in Azores, presents the next 50 fundamental questions in Island Biology, celebrating the 50 years of The Theory of Island Biogeography. We hope this paper will inspire many more young and older scientists to undertake their studies on the vibrant field of Island Biology.


Article: Patiño, J., Whittaker, R.J., Borges, P.A.V., Fernández-Palacios, J.M., Ah-Peng, C., Araújo, M.B., Ávila, S.P., Cardoso, P., Cornuault, J., de Boer, E.J., de Nascimento, L., Gil, A., González-Castro, A., Gruner, D.S., Heleno, R., Hortal, J., Illera, J.C., Kaiser-Bunbury, C.N., Matthews, T.J., Papadopoulou, A., Pettorelli, N., Price, J.P., Santos, A.M.C., Steinbauer, M.J., Triantis, K.A., Valente, L., Vargas, P., Weigelt, P., Emerson, B.C., 2017. A roadmap for island biology: 50 fundamental questions after 50 years of The Theory of Island Biogeography. Journal of Biogeography: n/a-n/a. DOI:10.1111/jbi.12986


XXI AETFAT congress 2017, 15-19 may 2017, Nairobi, Kenya

The XXIst AETFAT congress took place at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi Kenya, on the theme "Systematics, biogeography and Conservation of African plants and fungi".

Contributions from our team:
1) Malombe I., Ah-Peng C., Hedderson T., Wilding N., (2017). Bryoflora of coastal forests in Kenya, AETFAT conference, 15-19 May 2017, Nairobi, Kenya
2) Ah-Peng C., Wilding N., Marline L., Hedderson T., Malombe I., Muchura H., Nekesa S., Chuah-Petiot M. Bardat J., Strasberg D., Flores O., (2017) Taxonomic and functional diversity of African mountain top bryophytes: a comparison between continent, continental island and oceanic island communities, AETFAT conference, 15-19 May 2017, Nairobi, Kenya
3) Ah-Peng C., Flores O., Leclair de Bellevue J., Jeamblu F., Moureau E., Piteau A., Staménoff P., Strasberg D. & Duflot V. (2017) Cloud layer, trade wind inversion and cloud water interception by bryophytes on oceanic island, AETFAT conference 2017, 15-19 May 2017, Nairobi, Kenya, poster

On Thursday May 18th, Claudine Ah-Peng chaired the session of the SWIO flora, which welcome 7 contributions:
- Bytebier B.,et al. An online resource of the flora of the Western Indian ocean region
- Andriambololonera S. et al. Botanical diversity of Malagasy inselbergs (Central Plateau of Madagascar)
- Mohammed A. et al. Systematic and interactive identification key of species of the mangroves of Comoros archipelago
- Riera B et al. Base de reconnaissance Xper des plantes et de leurs usages pour la gestion et la conservation des zones forestières, Aire protégée d'Entrants, Madagascar

-    Pailler T. & Martos F. Characterization of visual and olfactive traits implied in Bulbophyllum floral mimicry
- Malombe et al. Bryoflora of coastal forests in Kenya
- Baider C. & Florens V. Conservation of the flora of Mauritius: the overwhelming importance to prioritize invasion alien plant control.

On Wednesday May 17th, a visit to the restauration site Brackenhurst farm was organized:


The next AETFAT conference will be hosted in Zambia in 2020.

Functional diversity of Azorean bryophytes

Two recent publications from the PhD student, Déborah Henriques (University of Azores) on functional trait diversity along an elevational gradient and the presentation of the BRYOTRAIT-AZO, the first open access bryophyte database for traits. We wish to provide similar databases for the other studied archipelagos from the MOVECLIM project (Net Biome).

Henriques, D.S.G., Rigal F., Borges, P.A.V., Ah-Peng C. & Gabriel R. (2017). Functional diversity and composition of bryophyte water-related traits in Azorean native vegetation Plant Ecology and Diversity (http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/KkJvv3GvUWAQMCQheGnA/full)

Henriques D., C. Ah-Peng & R. Gabriel (2017). Structure of the database BRYOTRAIT-AZO, a trait database for Azorean bryophytes Cryptogamie bryologie 38(2) :137-152

The role of epiphytic bryophytes in interception, storage, and the regulated release of atmospheric moisture in a tropical montane cloud forest

New article out !


  • Investigation of cloud water interception in a tropical montane cloud forest.
  • Forest ecohydrological functioning investigated using two liverwort species.
  • Novel approach using lysimeters to quantify cloud water flux through bryophytes.
  • Species intercept cloud water efficiently, but differ in water-holding capacity and flux.
  • Differences in CWI related to plant architecture as well as microhabitat.

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L'UMR PVBMT recrute des entomologistes

Dans le cadre du projet FEDER DIVINES (Suivi de la biodiversité et Innovation pour l’acquisition des connaissances des EcoSystèmes naturels du bien classé patrimoine mondial à La Réunion), notre équipe recrute pour  24 mois deux entomologistes:

Un assistant ingénieur et un ingénieur de recherches à temps partiel 70%.

Veuillez contacter dominique.strasberg@univ-reunion.fr pour plus d'informations.

Date limite de candidature: 11 avril 2017

Les fiches de poste sont à ces liens:

IGR entomo

ASI entomologiste




Bryophytes of Kenya's coastal forests - A guide to common species

Bryophytes of Kenya's coastal forests - A guide to common species
Authors : Wilding N., Hedderson T., Ah-Peng C & Malombe I.
Date: dec. 2016

Front page of the guideThis guide was produced in the framework of the Kenyan Coastal forest project funded by the Indian Ocean Commission (FED/20015/358-516-SVC-101). This field guide presents 20 species of bryophytes (12 mosses and 8 liverworts) commonly encountered in Kenya's coastal forest region. Each species is accompanied by high quality images and easy to understand descriptions. A glossary of terms is provided as well as further reading and references on African bryophytes. Lire la suite

Contrasting predation services of predator and omnivore diversity mediated by invasive ants in a tropical agroecosystem

New article published in Basic & Applied Ecology :


cover_bae_s14391791Invasive natural enemies are known to either strengthen or weaken the suppression of herbivorous arthropods. However, the impact of invasive species on the predation service provided by natural enemy diversity remains largely unexplored. Here, we tease apart the roles of invasive ants as providers of a predation service and a potential disservice, i.e. reducing the diversity of natural enemies. In mango orchards on Reunion Island, we evaluated the predation service in 20 open fields by simultaneously monitoring the predation on bait eggs and arthropod communities in two strata: the ground surface and the mango tree canopy. Lire la suite

Ecole thématique sur les invasions biologiques, 17-19/10/2016

Description synthétique de l'action

Organisateurs / cofinanceurs
: Université de La Réunion, Université de Stellenbosch CIB, Parc National de La Réunion, DEAL, CIRAD, UICN international.

Comité d'organisation : D. Strasberg, C. Julliot, C. Ah Peng, C. Cybèle, F. Chiroleu

Logistique: Audrey Valery, Even&Sciences

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