Navigation Links
More bang for bugs
Date:12/13/2012

A new study from the rainforests of Panama provides an unprecedented level of detail regarding the diversity and distribution of arthropod species from the soil to the forest canopy. Yves Basset, scientific coordinator of the CTFS Arthropod Initiative at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, led an international team on Project IBISCA-Panama to sample, sort, catalogue, and finally estimate that a 6,000 hectare forest hosts a total of around 25,000 arthropod species a figure vastly outnumbering that of better-studied organisms. The study will be published online on Dec. 13 in the journal Science.

Most multicellular species on Earth are arthropods living in tropical forests. Yet, given the difficulties involved in merely tallying them, we know very little about their exact numbers even at the scale of a single forest. A massive collaborative effort involving 102 researchers from 21 countries was necessary to collect and identify arthropods from all parts of the rainforest. During 2003-2004, the field team spent an effort of nearly 70 person- or trap-years in sampling the rainforest canopy from a construction crane, inflatable platforms, balloons, climbing ropes through forest layers, as well as crawling along the forest floor to sift soil, and trap and bait arthropods. During the ensuing eight years, the team sorted and identified 130,000 arthropods, to a total of more than 6,000 species.

By scaling up the diversity values obtained from twelve intensively-sampled sites, the team was able to calculate that the rainforest reserve harbors in excess of 25,000 arthropod species. "This is a high number as it implies that for every species of vascular plant, bird or mammal in this forest, you will find 20, 83 and 312 species of arthropods, respectively," explains Basset. "If we are interested in conserving the diversity of life on Earth, we should start thinking about how best to conserve arthropods," adds Tomas Roslin from the University of Helsi
'/>"/>

Contact: Beth King
kingb@si.edu
202-633-4700 x2821
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/22/2015)... -- According to a new market research ... Emotion, Forensic), by Software (Middleware, Databases), by Hardware (Cameras, Integrated ... Home) - Global Forecast to 2020", published by MarketsandMarkets, ... 2015 to $6.19 Billion by 2020, at a CAGR ... Tables and   43 Figures spread through 140 Pages ...
(Date:5/20/2015)... 2015 Research ... the addition of the  "5-year Opportunity ... Market"  report to their offering.  ,     ... analyses trends in the iris recognition ... sectors, globally. Despite hardware pricing and ...
(Date:5/19/2015)...  Technology is rapidly advancing, outpacing enterprises, ability to ... Passwords and their management are soon to be rendered ... such as those developed by the FIDO Alliance™. With ... for BYOD, COPE, IoT, and mobile payments, the interconnected ... In response to the call for seamless, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Facial Recognition Market Worth $6.19 Billion by 2020 2Facial Recognition Market Worth $6.19 Billion by 2020 3Global Iris Recognition Market Report 2015 - 5-Year Opportunity Analysis 2HYPR Corp. Biometric Security Integration Kit Shields Applications and Devices Across the Internet of Things 2HYPR Corp. Biometric Security Integration Kit Shields Applications and Devices Across the Internet of Things 3
... to wonder how a fruit fly is able to locate ... summer evening, especially since its flight path seems to be ... Andy Reynolds at Rothamsted Research in the United Kingdom have ... their environment using a series of straight flight paths punctuated ...
... unique protein from jellyfish that could be inserted into ... them to radiate a brilliant green color. This green ... new discoveries regarding how living cells function. But one ... plants harbor tough cell walls and enormous subcellular ...
... the University of East Anglia have discovered exactly what makes ... The age-old mystery was unlocked thanks to some novel bacteria ... Johnston and his team at UEA isolated this microbe from ... single gene responsible for the emission of the strong-smelling gas, ...
Cached Biology News:Flies don't buzz about aimlessly! 2Cloning the smell of the seaside 2
(Date:5/27/2015)... The Medical Innovation Impact Index (MI3), a ... medical innovation, has been developed at the Initiative ... University’s ( FDU ) Rothman Institute of Innovation and ... new FDA (Food & Drug Administration) draft guidance documents ... certain medical devices. , “The main impediment to ...
(Date:5/26/2015)... May 26, 2015 Innovacyn, a ... in the human and animal health industries, announced ... Future Innovators of Agriculture College Scholarship Award. The ... who exhibits a passionate commitment to the agriculture ... This year’s winners, Alexis Pedrow from Anderson County ...
(Date:5/26/2015)... 26, 2015  Alere Inc. (NYSE: ALR ) (the ... to timely file its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for ... it has received a notice from the New York Stock ... with the NYSE,s continued listing requirements under the timely filing ... Manual. The reason for the delay relates ...
(Date:5/26/2015)...  A simple blood test developed at the University ... Alzheimer,s disease is a step closer to being used ... that are needed before a blood test could be ... & Dementia . The guidelines establish protocols and reflect ... includes UNT Health Science Center. "If we ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Medical Innovation Impact Index Launched at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Initiative for Patient-Centered Innovation (iPCI) under the Rothman Institute 2Innovacyn Announces Winners Of This Year’s Vetericyn® College Scholarship Award 2Innovacyn Announces Winners Of This Year’s Vetericyn® College Scholarship Award 3Guidelines bring UNT Health Science Center's blood test for Alzheimer's one step closer 2
... 1 Sidec announces the first,Protein Tomography(TM) ... This Award,is set up to enable research ... yet collaborated with Sidec on a Protein ... technology successfully used in,cancer drug research., ...
... Highlights 140 Doctors Changing the Face of ... ... of BLACK ENTERPRISE (BE),unveils its 2008 report on the best and brightest ... millions of lives through the revolutionary treatment of,diseases, from cancer and diabetes ...
... CryoLife, Inc., (NYSE: CRY ) a,biomaterials, ... Harvey Morgan has been elected to the Company,s ... Managing Director at Bentley,Associates L.P., an investment banking ... years of investment banking experience with,significant expertise in ...
Cached Biology Technology:Sidec Announces the First Protein Tomography(TM) Award at Sidec's Executive Forum at PEGS 2Black Enterprise Unveils America's Leading Doctors 2Black Enterprise Unveils America's Leading Doctors 3Harvey Morgan Joins CryoLife Board of Directors 2
... Science, which pioneered the blending of thermostable ... and Expand Long Template PCR Systems, now ... the first product of a family ... blend combines Taq DNA Polymerase with a ...
... brings together two mature, well-understood technologies: ... surfaces. This combination produces a sensitive ... detection of molecular binding events without ... Protein-specific capture molecules are immobilized on ...
... polymers) are prepared by ... the enzyme, polynucleotide phosphorylase, ... the appropriate, ribonucleoside diphosphate ... exception of catalog number ...
... Bacillus globigii 5'GCCNNNN NGGC3' 3'CGGN NNNNCCG5' Inactivation ... min or phenol treatment followed by ethanol ... 200mM KCl, 0.1mM EDTA, 1.0mM DTT, 0.01% ... on dry ice. Store at -20C. Unit ...
Biology Products: