The Gracillariidae is one the largest families of primitive moths (Lepidoptera). Gracillariid moths are generally distributed throughout the world except Antarctica, and they are more numerous in tropical areas. Many species of Gracillariidae are serious pests of agricultural and ornamental plants. The Global Taxonomic Database of Gracillariidae currently holds information on 147 genus-group names and in total 2.683 species-group names, belonging to 105 genera.
This checklist covers all relevant information of the major dacine fruit fly genera of Africa.
Initially established under the ENBI project, it provides a list current taxonomic status of species involved, as well as synonymy.
Limitations of scope: the pilot study is focusing on a group of Afrotropical fruit flies only. Reason is that, over the last decade years several projects have focused on this group (cf. above) and that a mass of specimen related data are available. Afrotropical is used here in the biogeographical sense, hence the region below of the Sahara dessert. However, some additional records from northern Africa and the Middle East are included but not as exhaustive as those fo…
This dataset covers all relevant information on every Afrotropical moth species.
The zoogeographic area covered can be defined as the Africa continent south of the Sahara (i.e. excl. Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt), the islands in the Atlantic Ocean: Amsterdam Island, Ascension, Cape Verde Archipelago, Inaccessible Island, St. Helena, São Tomé and Principe, Tristan da Cunha, and the islands in the Indian Ocean: Comores (Anjouan, Grande Comore, Mayotte, Mohéli), Madagascar, Mascarene Islands (La Réunion, Mauritius, Rodrigues), Seychelles (Félicité, Mahé, Praslin, Silhouette, a.o.).
Furthermore, also those moth species occurring in the transition zone to the Palaearctic faun…
BIOGEOnet is a taxonomic and biogeographic database of every living beings, developped on the behalf of the Vegetal Taxonomy and Conservation Biology Unit of the University of Liège.
This datatset contains human observations of Hexapoda in Belgium.
While the oldest exsiccata of the FUNDP herbarium date from the early 19th century, it is mainly with the creation of the chair of botany in 1844, some years after the foundation of the then very young University of Namur, that Father Auguste Bellynck LAID the foundations of a heritage that has constantly been extended since those days, thanks to personal collections and numerous purchases.
This dataset contains the Pteridophyta part of the herbarium.
The extensive African Rodentia specimen and tissue collections of the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA), the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) and the University of Antwerp (UA) provide taxonomical, ecological, geographical and genetic information, as well as measurements and data on parasitic and viral infections. The scientific importance of these collections is that, although numerous African rats and mice have been described over the last 150 years, many species descriptions are based on very few specimens.
Reference collection of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from the Paraguayan dry Chaco, collected along an aridity gradient between 2001 and 2004.
Overall, 1280 samples were carried out allowing to collect 50,552 individuals corresponding to 38 genera and 212 species or morphospecies.
The data in IFBL 1, 2 & 3 covers all of the IFBL 1 km² flora checklists sampled between 1939 and 1971. About 10000 original lists corresponding with some 1 200 000 data representative of the former distribution of vascular plant species in Belgium, were digitised. The IFBL data is integrated in existing national and regional flora databases and will contribute to the realisation of regional Flora Atlases. The analysis of the digitised data will improve the possibilities to compare floral data over successive periods and will be of help in developing a strategy for reducing the costs and the length of new flora monitoring and mapping projects in the future.
The Atlas of the Flora (Pteridophy…
Fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) are one of the most economically important groups of insects in the Afrotropical Region. They cause millions of Euros of damage to fruits and vegetables, and are a major constraint to commercial and subsistence farming in the region. The family Tephritidae includes more than 5000 species worldwide, approximately 1400 species of which develop in fleshy fruits (Norrbom et al 1999). Nearly 250 of these species are capable of achieving pest status by feeding on plants of economic importance (White and Elson-Harris 1992). The Mediterranean fruit fly, or Medfly, Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann), is currently the most important of these pests from an invasive speci…
This dataset is the result of te digitization project 2009.
A large amount of information on these species and their distribution in Belgium is available under the format of identified, pinned and labelled specimens in the collections of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), Department of Entomology.
This data is also presented on a website: http://projects.biodiversity.be/beetles/
Reference collections of plant material from Central Africa (DR Congo, Rwanda and Burundi). Digitizing specimen information is the first crucial step in the realisation of a widely accessible ‘working list of known plant species’ for this region and is an important tool for repatriation of knowledge to the countries of origin. In this first stage, we focussed on three families: Rubiaceae, Balsaminaceae and Orchidaceae.
ARABEL, the Arachnologia Belgica is a collaborative effort of scientists and spiders amateurs. It gathers information on collection specimens and observations of spiders in Belgium.
Participating organisations are: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences(RBINS), Royal Museum for Central Africa(RMCA), University of Ghent(UGent) and the Research Institute for Nature and Forest(INBO).
The Laboratorium voor Microbiologie (LMG) at the Faculty of Sciences University Gent holds more than 16,000 bacteria strains representing some 1,300 species, subspecies or pathovars. Over 16,000 strains, representing some 1,300 species, subspecies or pathovars, encompassing plant associated and phytopathogenic bacteria (pseudomonads, xanthomonads, erwiniae, agrobacteria, coryneforms, etc.), bacteria of medical or veterinary importance (Arcobacter, Campylobacter, Helicobacter, aeromonads, flavobacteria, bordetellae, enterococci, streptococci), marine bacteria (Vibrio) and various groups of biotechnological interest (such as lactic acid and acetic acid bacteria, N2 fixers, clostridia, bacilli…
Holding: Over 6,500 strains, mostly filamentous and yeast-like fungi of public health or related environmental interest. Special attention is given not only to fungi pathogenic for man or animal but also to allergenic species (Alternaria and Cladosporum). The collection holds various subcollections of fungi linked to specific diseases: for example a subcollection of over 500 Aspergillus fumigatus and over 300 Candida albicans strains isolated from human invasive diseases. Also present are important collections of keratinophilic fungi (dermatophytes, mainly Trichophyton and Microsporum) and black yeasts (Exophiala, Phialophora).
Over 25,000 strains of filamentous and yeast-like fungi, representing over 3 300 species of Ascomycetes, Basidiomycetes, Hyphomycetes and Zygomycetes. The mycological herbarium contains about 40,000 specimen. BCCMTM/MUCL houses the Penicillium collections of P. Biourge (founder of the collection in 1892) and G.L. Hennebert, as well as the UCL brewery yeast collection, numerous type strains and isolates of ecological and/or biotechnological importance. The collection's agro-industrial focus is reflected by its extensive holding of starter cultures for e.g. the manufacture of fermented foods, animal feed, biopesticides and biofertilisers (i.e. mycorrhizae), as well as by the availability of c…