By Bernhard A. Huber

ISBN-10: 0387243151

ISBN-13: 9780387243153

ISBN-10: 0387243208

ISBN-13: 9780387243207

In may well 2004, the Alexander Koenig Zoological learn Museum hosted the 5th foreign Symposium on Tropical Biology. This sequence was once tested on the ZFMK within the early Eighties, and has variably interested in systematics and ecology of tropical organisms, with an emphasis on Africa. past volumes are these edited through Schuchmann (1985), Peters and Hutterer (1990), Ulrich (1997), and Rheinwald (2000). The symposium in 2004 used to be prepared via the Entomology division lower than the path of Michael Schmitt. The goal was once to target Africa instead of on a specific taxon, and to spotlight biodiversity in any respect degrees starting from molecules to ecosystems. This concentration was once well timed in part a result of at the moment operating BIOTA Africa programmes (BIOdiversity tracking Transect research in Africa). BIOTA is an interdisciplinary examine undertaking targeting sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity in Africa (http://www.biote-africa.de). consultation titles have been Biogeography and Speciation approaches, Phylogenetic styles and Systematics, variety Declines and Conservation, and utilized Biodiversity Informatics. each one consultation used to be opened by means of an invited speaker, and all jointly seventy seven lectures and fifty nine posters have been offered. there have been over two hundred members and it used to be enjoyable to us to satisfy colleagues from 26 countries, together with Russia, Ukraine, Japan, united states, and ten African international locations. We thank all individuals for his or her necessary contributions.

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