Conservation Ecology
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Insect Conservation

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Insects are the most speciose group of organisms on Earth, and they play a major role in ecosystem function, both on land and in freshwater.  Insects are under threat, as are so many other components of biodiversity.  A major research thrust in ConsEnt, is the conservation of insects alongside other biodiversity.  Insects are also investigated as biomonitors of environmental condition and restoration of ecosystems.  Of particular interest, is the use of insects in conservation at the three operation scales of landscape (coarse filter), mesoscale (mesofilter), and species (fine filter).  In addition, a synthetic approach to the conservation of insect and other biodiversity is being developed.

Contact: Professor Michael Samways (samways@sun.ac.za)   

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