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Séverine Fourdrilis, showing her collection of Melarhaphe neritoides

‘It’s like science isn’t enough in itself'

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Siska Van Parys

Tiny snails can tell great stories... When Séverine Fourdrilis started her PhD at our Institute 7 years ago, her plan was to carry out a rather classical genetic study on marine snails. After one year however, she discovered something strange was going on with one of the species’ genes.

Nilus spider eating a Hyperolius argus frog at Diani Beach, Kenya (photo: Andrea Benaglia)

Yes, It’s Possible: Spiders Eating Frogs

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Reinout Verbeke

Biologists have observed spiders catching and eating frogs and toads in tropical Africa. The frogs often exceed the spiders in size.

Sardines (Stolothrissa tanganicae) from Lake Tanganyika. (Photo: Els De Keyzer)

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

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)

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.


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