Afrotropical diptera
pollinator information network

Kurt Jordaens

kurt.jordaens [at] africamuseum.be

Royal Museum for Central Africa

Dept. of Biology - Entomology

Leuvensesteenweg 13

B-3080 Tervuren

Belgium

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Aims of the PINDIP project

1) to construct a network for taxonomists and applied ecologists, involved in the field of plant-pollinator interactions in the       Afrotropics;

2) to stimulate the sharing of Diptera specimens, by depositing identified reference material in African institutions where they can be accessed by others;

3) to create awareness of the role of, and appreciation of, Diptera in plant-pollinator networks, as the diversity of Afrotropical Diptera is very rich, but only ½ to ⅔ of species are currently described;

4) to increase expertise on dipteran taxonomy and ecology in several Afrotropical institutes, through the presentation of training courses in Diptera identification.