By Bernhard A. Huber
In may well 2004, the Alexander Koenig Zoological learn Museum hosted the 5th overseas Symposium on Tropical Biology. This sequence was once confirmed on the ZFMK within the early Nineteen Eighties, and has variably occupied with systematics and ecology of tropical organisms, with an emphasis on Africa. past volumes are these edited by means of Schuchmann (1985), Peters and Hutterer (1990), Ulrich (1997), and Rheinwald (2000). The symposium in 2004 used to be geared up by way of the Entomology division less than the course of Michael Schmitt. The goal was once to target Africa instead of on a selected taxon, and to spotlight biodiversity in any respect degrees starting from molecules to ecosystems. This concentration used to be well timed in part as a result presently working BIOTA Africa programmes (BIOdiversity tracking Transect research in Africa). BIOTA is an interdisciplinary study undertaking concentrating on sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity in Africa (http://www.biote-africa.de). consultation titles have been Biogeography and Speciation methods, Phylogenetic styles and Systematics, range Declines and Conservation, and utilized Biodiversity Informatics. every one consultation was once opened through an invited speaker, and all jointly seventy seven lectures and fifty nine posters have been provided. there have been over 2 hundred members and it was once pleasant to us to fulfill colleagues from 26 international locations, together with Russia, Ukraine, Japan, united states, and ten African nations. We thank all contributors for his or her worthwhile contributions.
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They also include some of the most valuable IBAs (Fishpool and Evans, 2001), and sites identified as top priorities by Burgess et al. (1998) and Plumptre et al. (2003). In addition, the more precise priority areas chosen with fine-resolution data were inside or immediately adjacent to the coarse-scale priority areas. Apart from some problems in the Kenya highlands and Zambesian woodland zones (see below), we may conclude that the problems listed in the Introduction of this paper are of minor importance.
New taxa that are discovered because of exploration outside these main centers are weakly differentiated (subspecies) in most cases. The centres of aggregated endemism are valuable conservation targets. Among the goal-essential species that determined the position of the coarsescale priority areas, 74% are classified as Endangered or Vulnerable (BirdLife, 2000), which per se requires conservation actions, and these areas may also play an important role for the regional diversification process. , 1999), in spite of the general instability of the African climate.
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African Biodiversity: Molecules, Organisms, Ecosystems by Bernhard A. Huber