Research projects

Hitherto JEMU supported ca. 40 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 in specific fields.

Acronym Coordinator Image Starting date
METASKIM Using genome skimming to investigate the mega-diversity of the stygobiont genus Metastenasellus (Crustacea, Isopoda) in African groundwater Patrick Martin (RBINS) 2021
CHROMO Obtaining chromosomal-level genome assemblies for non-model organisms to assess the role of genomic rearrangements in taxonomy and evolution Frederik Hendrickx (RBINS) 2021
POLBEN Developing molecular tools for pollen metabarcoding in insect pollination ecology Kurt Jordaens (RMCA) 2021
MORPHOCRISPR Exploring the use of gene-editing to unravel the genomic basis of conspicuous morphological variation Frederik Hendrickx (RBINS) 2021
LAST Last Aurochs Standing. On the trail of Bos primigenius on its way out of Belgium Bea De Cupere & Quentin Goffette (RBINS) 2021
TRISS Towards a better understanding of the tripartite interactions driving Schistosoma transmission in Senegal Tine Huyse (RMCA) 2021
PPMATS Phylogeny and Plant secondary Metabolites of Athalia and other Tenthredinid Sawflies Jean-Luc Boevé (RBINS) 2021
ManTiS Exploring the diversity and phylogeny of Oriental praying mantises (Mantodea) based on recently collected material and preserved museum specimens Wouter Dekoninck (RBINS) 2019
KEARAD Evolutionary history of the cichlid assemblages of the Lake Victoria Region Superflock reconstructed using whole genome seqencing Maarten Van Steenberge & Jos Snoeks (RMCA) 2019
MitOx Mitochondrial DNA analysis of ancient musk oxes from a possible relict population of Belgium Mietje Germonpre (RBINS) 2019
DIMAMAS Testing less destructive sampling techniques for DNA identification of manufactured animal material from archaeological sites Quentin Goffette (RBINS) 2019
TILAPIA-GenoCongo Genomics of the Nile Tilapia in the Congo Basin Tine Huyse (RMCA) 2018
Tyto Harry Potter and the fate of the European barn owl Erik Verheyen (RBINS) 2018
TWOSS Tropical wolf spiders systematics Arnaud Henrard (RMCA) 2018
DNADD DNA analysis of a Roman skeleton of a Cervidae from Belgium Fabienne Pigière (RBINS) 2018
HalAfrEu Phylogeny of Halictidae bees from Africa and Europe Alain Pauly & Jean‐Luc Boevé (RBINS) 2017
LT-Stolo Population genomics of the Lake Tanganyika sprat (Stolothrissa tanganicae) Maarten Van Steenberge (RMCA) & Maarten Vanhove (RBINS) 2017
Reseq_gibbosus Dwarf spider dimorphism investigated using whole genome resequencing Frederik Hendrickx (RBINS) 2017
MolChaRE Molecular characterization of recent echinoderms Yves Samyn (RBINS) and Didier VandenSpiegel (RMCA) 2017
PhylDOL Phylogenetic position of the mangrove dolichopodid fly genera Ngirhaphium Evenhuis & Grootaert 2002 and Physopyga Grootaert & Meuffels 1989 Patrick Grootaert (RBINS) 2015
CRYOLI Cryptic diversity in aquatic oligochaetes from extreme environments Patrick Martin (RBINS) 2015
GBS_Bulinus Population genomics of intermediate hosts of the human blood fluke Tine Huyse (RMCA) 2014
GBS_Big_Mammals Population genetics of lions and the African buffalo Nathalie Smitz (RMCA) 2014
TAS_Halictus Testing NGS applications: Targeted amplicon sequencing of bees of the genus Halictus Gontran Sonet (RBINS) 2014
Phylo_WaterSnakes Testing NGS applications: Phylogenomics of African water snakes Zoltán T. Nagy (RBINS) 2014
GBS_capitata & RAD_FAR Testing NGS applications: Population genomics of Ceratitis capitata and phylogenomics of a fruitfly species complex Massimiliano Virgilio (RMCA) 2014
SPEBAS Species Boundaries in selected Afrotropical hover fly genera Kurt Jordaens (RMCA) 2014
BC42W Barcodes for two winged insects: a support project for barcoding of Diptera of medical, veterinary, agricultural and biodiversity concern Marc De Meyer (RMCA) 2010
DemoTroRo Barcoding 2 years of tropical rodent life: ecology, demography and population history of two rodent genera Praomys and Hylomyscus Erik Verheyen (RBINS), Jan Kennis (University of Antwerp), Herwig Leirs (University of Antwerp) 2010
Andant Applicability of DNA barcodes for an effective assessment of the diversity of ant communities in the Ecuadorian Andes Maurice Leponce (RBINS) 2010
DBCLTC DNA barcoding of Lake Tanganyika cichlids Jos Snoeks (RMCA) 2010
Gybar DNA- barcoding in the Gyratrix hermaphroditus species-complex: a case study on European populations Thierry Backeljau (RBINS) 2010
Paratroph Barcoding and phylogeny of Lake Tanganyika cichlid parasites: Monogenea and Copepoda on Tropheini as a case study Jos Snoeks (RMCA) 2009
Barmar Barcoding of Malagasy reptiles Zoltán T. Nagy (RBINS) 2009
GALCAR Investigating species boundaries of carabid beetles of Galapagos by DNA barcoding Frederik Hendrickx (RBINS) 2009
Ostratool Developing molecular tools for ostracods (Crustacea) from museum collections and lake sediments Isa Schön & Koen Martens (RBINS) 2008
Mamfage Morphological and molecular phylogenetic analysis in the genus Eudasychyra Möschler, 1887 Ugo Dall’Asta (RMCA) 2008
Barpan Exploratory study to obtain DNA barcodes from museum specimens of great apes Emmanuel Gilissen (RMCA) 2008
BarCoVer DNA barcoding of selected Congolese vertebrates Erik Verheyen (RBINS) 2008
Bapam (Pardosa) DNA-Barcoding of Pardosa injucunda in the MRAC collections (Araneae) Rudy Jocqué (RMCA) 2008


Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith