JEMU is an integrated research infrastructure developing and applying molecular tools to support scientists of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS, Brussels) and the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA, Tervuren) in order to study selected taxa from areas of which RBINS and RMCA have particularly good collections (e.g. western Europe, Central Africa, Papua New Guinea, Antarctica, ...).
The activities of JEMU involve:
- molecular systematic, phylogenetic and population genetic research;
- evaluating and developing new DNA analyses protocols (DNA extraction, amplification, sequencing, editing, barcoding and species identification) adapted to archival specimens;
- organising introductory seminars, individual training sessions and collaborative startup projects with the aim to enhance the synergy between traditional taxonomists and molecular systematists.
JEMU Research projects
Hitherto JEMU supported 18 research projects that were initiated by research teams from both RMCA and/or RBINS in collaboration with other Belgian and/or foreign partners.
There are two types of projects:
- flagship projects provide funding for new or ongoing studies that substantially contribute to the scientific valorisation of the collections of RMCA and RBINS;
- pilot projects provide support to scientists of RBINS and RMCA in order to carry out pilot research on a specific systematic problem.
Overview of all projects supported by JEMU (with a brief description of their goal, organisation and current status).
Conference abstracts between 2007-2012 (an update will be available soon)