On the origins of olive relatives in Madagascar A paper was published during the summer in Molecular Ecology Resources on the phylogenetics of the Olive tribe (Oleeae) based on both plastid and nuclear data. In particular, we developed a new strategy to build phylogenies based on single nucleotide polymorphisms obtained using two reference nuclear genomes (the … More New paper from Besnard team!
Generation time is a very important parameter for many genetic and genomic analyses. This study used the average age of parents to estimate the generation time of the grey mouse lemur, Microcebus murinus, based on parentage data generated for a free-living population over a 6-year period in northwestern Madagascar. The average age of parents was calculated … More One more paper from Radespiel team!
A new paper was published on American Journal of Primatology on the effects of forest fragmentation on the distribution and abundance of sympatric, endemic gray, and golden‐brown mouse lemurs (Microcebus murinus and Microcebus ravelobensis), the endemic western tuft‐tailed rat (Eliurus myoxinus), and the invasive black rat (Rattus rattus) in two regions in northwestern Madagascar. The paper explores … More New paper from Radespiel team is out!
A total of five INFRAGECO members presented talks outside the organized INFRAGECO symposium and all addressed important questions at the heart of the INFRAGECO project. Lounès Chikhi presented the theoretical work done in collaboration with the team of Olivier Mazet, on the analysis of genomic data with models incorporating structure. He showed some preliminary results … More Presentations by INFRAGECO team members at the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation annual meeting, Madagascar
The INFRAGECO team was present at the annual ATBC (Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation) meeting in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Ute Radespiel organised with the help of Guillaume Besnard and Lounes Chikhi a symposium entitled “The challenge of connectivity in a fragmented world – insights from Malagasy Forests”. Co-organized by three and co-chaired by two of … More INFRAGECO symposium on connectivity at the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation annual meeting in Madagascar
Last week, the INFRAGECO team was in Antananarivo (Madagascar) participating to the 3rd International Mouse Lemur Workshop. The meeting was organized by Mention Zoologie et Biodiversité Animale (MZBA), Faculté des Sciences in Ankatso. The main goal of the workshop was to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and information related to the biology (ecology, physiology and … More International Mouse Lemur Workshop
The third INFRAGECO – BiodivERsA meeting is currently taking place in Hannover (Germany). During the first day, the presentations focused on the field work that had been carried out in 2018 and on the communication activities with schools, NGOs, officials entities, etc. And the training of students. During the second day, the talks concentrated more … More Third INFRAGECO – BiodivERsA Meeting, Hannover
The complete Radespiel team is back from the field and already working hard on analysing their data. PhD students Malcolm Ramsay and Frederik Kiene returned from Madagascar in November 2018, while PhD student Bertrand Andriatsitohaina arrived in Hannover, Germany in January 2019. The team spent a total of six months in Madagascar in 2018 and … More Team Radespiel Finished Fieldwork!
After the return of Barbara Le Pors to Lisbon, the Malagasy team is still very active. Emmanuel Rasolondraibe, in particular has kept the Conservation spirit alive and has been visiting schools to speak to children, teenagers and teachers about the importance of biodiversity, lemurs, and Malagasy environments. Based in Mahajanga in the West of Madagascar, … More Communication activities of the Chikhi team continues in Madagascar!
The field mission of the Chikhi team is now finished with the return of Barbara Le Pors in Lisbon. Barbara arrived yesterday afternoon in Lisbon and brought with her a few thousands samples of plants (mainly Noronhia) and tens of tissue or faecal samples from mouse lemurs (Microcebus), endemic (Eliurus) and invasive (Rattus) rodents, reptiles … More Field mission of the Chikhi team ends