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A new dot on the Global Malaise Project Map

29 Apr 2019 - 11:15

Efforts in Namibia have added one more point on the map of the Global Malaise Program, joining South Africa, Madagascar, Kenya, Gabon, Cameroon, and Egypt in driving Africa’s contribution to the initiative. This is part of the quest to inventory earth’s biodiversity through DNA barcodes. PCU’s PhD candidate Kirsti Nghidinwa and Dr Ezequiel Fabiano of the University of Namibia (UNAM) are leading the project in Namibia, with the much appreciated assistance of UNAM students. The team recently set up the trap near Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi River Valley, at the confluence of five southern African countries.  

 


Malaise trap for flying insects… pegged down in the deep sands of the northern Kalahari.


Kirsti and UNAM team preparing a collecting bottle.


First catch…insects in one of the bottles collected in the first month of the trap.