Dutch biodiversity book

New book on Dutch biodiversity

On 25
November 2010 the book De Nederlandse biodiversiteit (Dutch biodiversity) was presented in NCB Naturalis in Leiden for an audience of more than 200. The book gives an up-to-date overview of all species groups. The 100+ specialists have revised their species lists and now 47,800 established species have been recorded. In the course of the preparation of the book a new phylum was found for the Netherlands: Cycliophora. These small creatures, which live on the mouthparts of lobsters, were only described recently and are now found on Dutch lobsters in the collection of the Leiden Museum. For each treated group one or more photos are presented and a brief summary is given of the number of species, biology and distribution. The language is Dutch, but it is illustrated with many photos, graphs, tables and statistics, which make it interesting for non-Dutch readers.

The Dutch Species Catalogue uses Fauna Europaea as a reference list on European animal taxa.

Noordijk, J., R.M.J.C. Kleukers, E.J. van Nieukerken & A.J. van Loon (editors) 2010. De Nederlandse biodiversiteit [The Biodiversity of The Netherlands]. Nederlandse Fauna 10: 1-512. NCB Naturalis & European Invertebrate Survey Nederland (EIS). ISBN 978-90-5011-351-9.

Researchers night

PESI partners participate in “Researchers night” – face to face with European researchers

The Researchers' Night is a Europe-wide event bringing together the public at large and researchers once a year and in 2010 it was on the 24th of September. At the NHM London there were displays on all of their research projects and 3 temporary barswere erected where scientists were‘hanging out’to answer questions from the public.They also provided exclusive museum tours and talks during their after-hours event to approx 7,000 members of the public. It was a wonderful opportunity for the public to discover what research is being carried out here and to look at some of the rare specimen on displaywhichare usually not open to public. Also participating in the researcher’s night was the National Museum of Natural History and Comenius Universityin Bratislava.

The 2010 edition of the Researchers' Night took place on 24 September in over 600 venues within 250 European cities in 33 countries.http://ec.europa.eu/research/researchersnight/


PESI in International Innovation


Taking a register

The PESI project, led by Dr Yde de Jong, is bringing together four major community networks on taxonomic indexing and their respective knowledge infrastructures, and seeks to better define and coordinate strategies for biodiversity management

Read more about PESI in the International Innovation Report, May 2010.


The Akdeniz University Antalya and the “Flora Research Society” hosted the XIII OPTIMA Meeting in Antalya, Turkey (22–26 March 2010). OPTIMA (Organization for the Phyto-Taxonomic Investigation of the Mediterranean Area) meetings are held every three years in different countries of the Mediterranean region. This was the appropriate place (ca. 220 participants from 22 countries) to present a poster on the progress of Euro+Med Plantbase within PESI.



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