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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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

Visit of Esther Baumann / project ECOPOTENTIAL

E. Baumann is a Master'student (M2) from the University Of Bayreuth supervised by Pr. Carl Beierkunhlein and visiting the island to acheive the fieldwork of her project. She describes her experience.

On the 10th of August I arrived on the Island of La Reunion to conduct the fieldwork for my Master Thesis, which is embedded in the ECOPOTENTIAL project (H2020). The study aims at detecting patterns in leaf coloration along an elevational gradient in the subalpine shrublands of La Réunion island.

Beyond that aim, stands the concept that the elevational gradient is considered as a proxy for changing environmental conditions, as e.g. increased UV-radiation and increased wind speeds.

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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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A la recherche des collemboles ...

Sandrine Salmon (ECOTROP, UMR MECADEV) et Cyrille d'Haese (UMR 7205 ISYEB) sont en mission en octobre 2015 à la Réunion pour le projet ``Communautés d'arthropodes du sol à l'Ile de La Réunion : recolonisation d'habitats détruits des coulées de lave'' financé par l'Action Transversale du Muséum (ATM, ``dynamiques socio-écosystémiques, entre perturbations et résiliences environnementales et culturelles'') et l'UMR MECADEV.
Collaborations locales: Dominique Strasberg (UMR PVBMT) et Fabrice Boyer (PNR)

Chemical signaling of native flowers and their fly pollinators - Réunion- July/Aug 2015

by Florent Martos, postdoctoral fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa)

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Indigenous flowers found on remote oceanic islands mostly rely on small flying insects—such as bees, flies or beetles—in order to achieve pollination. The pollinating insects are primarily attracted to the olfactory cues emitted by these flowers in the environment. In the Reunion National Park, the main functional groups of pollinators and the insect species playing key roles in maintaining the natural plant communities have yet to be identified.

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