Institut Max Planck au 3P

L'UMR PVBMT accueille le Max Plank Institute for developmental Biology depuis 2018, le container laboratoire situé au Port depuis 2010 a rejoint le site du Pôle de protection des Plantes. Les chercheurs visitent le laboratoire une à deux fois par an.


de gauche à droite: Tess Renahan, Ph.D. Student; Christian Weiler, Technician; Dr. Wen-Sui Lo, Postdoc; Dr. Matthias Herrmann, Staff Scientist; Pr. Ralf Sommer, Director (Image: Jacques Rochat)


"The population genetic perspective of our model nematode Pristionchus pacificuswork focuses on La Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean. In surveys since 2008, we found La Réunion to harbor an exceptional diversity of P. pacificus that covers all known haplotype groups of the species (Herrmann et al., 2010; Morgan et al., 2012).

With its high number of endemic scarab beetles, its young geological age of only 2-3 million years and the fact that it represents a French oversea Department with an outstanding infrastructure, La Réunion Island represents an exceptional system for detailed investigations of population genetics and evolutionary ecology. Since 2010, we run a small field station on the Island and the Max-Planck Society provides funds to support our Island activities. So far, we obtained more than 500 P. pacificus isolates from La Réunion from a diversity of beetles, locations and habitats. We are currently analyzing these strains, using high throughput methodology. Together, La Réunion presents a unique research opportunity to couple population genetics and ecology with genetic and genomic studies." The Sommer lab

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Erasmus + experience on Réunion island 2018

I landed on the island of La Reunion on July 27 after a long journey from the Azores Archipelago (Portugal) where I live and where I´m doing a Master in Management and Conservation of Nature while I work in the Azorean Biodiversity Group  in the arthropod laboratory. I came to the island thanks to the Erasmus + scholarship that allows mobility among students of the European Union. I chose this destination because I wanted to learn about the fauna and flora of the island. What better place than the laboratory UMR PVBMT at the University of La Réunion to learn about both in a positive environment.

Some of the pictures taken during my work processing the samples (Photos Alejandra Ros 2018)

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An international team of entomologists in La Réunion

A team of entomologists, Roger Kitching (Griffith University, Australia) and Beverley Kitching, Louise Ashton (University of Hong Kong), John Shillcok and Christophe Thébaud (University of Toulouse) spent a month in La Réunion to survey moths.

In the framework of the Divines Project (Feder) and a grant from National Geographic, this team surveyed moths in ten lowland rainforest sites on La Réunion (Island Biodiv plots) in collaboration with Dominique Strasberg. They will do it twice, once in April then in November 2018.

Collection of the moths by Louise Ashton and John Shillcok

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La Réunion, présentée à l'exposition "SPACED" - protected natural landscapes from above au Parlement européen

Se tient actuellement au parlement européen une exposition intitulée "SPACED - Protecting natural landscapes from above" dans laquelle un panneau est dédié à La Réunion. Alexandre WIEFELS, post-doc recruté via une mesure de financement FEDER Post-Doc/H2020, a réalisé ce panneau.


Panneau SPACED pour La Réunion (Wieffels, A. 2017)

Cette exposition sur le thème de la télédétection et des services écosystémiques est une production du projet H2020 Ecopotential ( www.ecopotential-project.eudont l'Université de La Réunion (UMR ESPACE-DEV, UMR PVBMT, UMR ENTROPIE) est partenaire, avec la collaboration du Parc National de La Réunion et de la Réserve Naturelle Marine de La Réunion.

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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

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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Scientific visit from the University of Cape Town

pixDeux chercheurs de l'Université du Cap du département de Sciences biologiques sont actuellement en visite dans l'ile (19 au 30 juin 2016), Pr. Terry Hedderson (bryologue) et Dr. Adam West (écophysiologue) ains que deux étudiants de Honours (Laura Figenschou et Mark Fitzgibbon), ils mènent une étude sur l'écophysiologie des bryophytes de La Réunion.
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