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04/05/15 - First results of the study at Observatoire Homme-Milieu Oyapock- LabEx DRIIHM

Research financed by Labex DRIIHM (OHM Oyapock) in international meetings. The first results of studies carried out in French Guiana about "An evaluation of the impact of the construction of a bridge on the wildlife and depending ecological processus : long-term survey on the environnemental change in the Oyapock valley" will be presented during three international meetings :


03/19/15 - Back to ASEAN

Pierre-Michel Forget is back to Malaysia, being granted by the French Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and Campus France to give conferences at Alliance française and University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus.




Edited by Pierre-Michel Forget, Martine Hossaert McKey et Odile Poncy

Ce livre nous plonge dans le monde fascinant de la faune et de la flore tropicales, encore largement méconnues, et nous invite à penser ce grand défi auquel les sociétés devront faire face : la conciliation du bien-être humain et l'utilisation durable des ressources naturelles. Press Release at CNRS

TO BE RELEASED on 8th January 2015

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08/27/14 - Rodents and seeds at SCB Asia 2014

The 3rd Asia Regional Conference of the Society for Conservation Biology - Asia Section "Biodiversity Asia" between 19-22 August 2014, Melaka, Peninsular Malaysia. Symposium #6: Seed fate in Asian rainforests: Understanding seed dispersal, seed survival, and plant recruitment in a changing world organized by Pierre-Michel Forget & Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz. Speakers and abstract. pdf
Seed Removal and Dispersal by Rodents in Asia: Some Light on the Black Box by Pierre-Michel Forget.


11/14/13 - Panel discussion in advance of the Second Plenary Session of IPBES

Panel discussion in advance of the Second Plenary Session of IPBES. The objectives of this event are to increase awareness about IPBES and to bring participants up to date on the issues that will be addressed in the Second IPBES Plenary, taking place 9 - 14 December in Antalya, Turkey. Presentations will include an overview of the intersessional activities which have taken place in 2013, and some of the key issues that will be addressed in the Second Plenary, including the Stakeholder Engagement Strategy and some of the thematic and methodological assessments that have been proposed as priorities for the IPBES Work Programme 2014-2018.


07/07/13 - Carapa Ecology and Biogeography at ATBC-OTS 2014, Costa Rica

Talk at ATBC-OTS 2014 in the symposium  The Importance of Vertebrate Seed Dispersal for Species Diversity and Community Structure- Merging Case Studies With Theory. Wednesday, 26 June 2013: 09:15. La Paz-A (Herradura San Jose). Comparative seed dispersal of a transatlantic tree genus by neo- and paleotropical vertebrate species. by Pierre Michel Forget (UMR 7179 CNRS-MNHN), David Kenfack (Center for Tropical Forest Institution Global Earth Observatory, Smithsonian Institution) and  Alexandra Muellner-Riehl (Institut für Biologie, Molekulare Evolution und Systematik der Pflanzen,, Universität Leipzig, Germany). Abstract. The transatlantic tree genus Carapa (mahogany family) is known as andiroba (C. guianensis) in Brazil and touloucouna (C. procera) in Western Africa. They grow from littoral swamps and inundated forests to lowland, and highland up to 2200-2400 m in both continents. The recent discovery of new species and the revision of Carapa, including 16 species in Africa and 11 in America, opened the debate on the geographic origin and the cause of diversification of the genus in relation to its dispersal vectors across and within continents. Based on studies using molecular clock dating, it has been discovered that Carapa originated in the Old World (Africa), with subsequent dispersal to the New World. Several theoretical scenarii of dispersal can be proposed to explain the current distribution of Carapa species in two separate continents with different guilds of dispersers. In this presentation, we will summarize the current knowledge of seed dispersal in Carapa by animals and abiotic (barochory, drifting) means in the neo- and the paleotropics. There is now evidence of dispersal of Carapa seeds by rodents in the two continents. Whereas megafauna is lacking in America, elephants may play a significant role as long-distance seed dispersers in Africa. We will compare the new species-level phylogeny of Carapa with that of rodents and elephants trying to propose a scenario of evolution and diversification. The contrasting animal-plant mutualism on different continents, despite very similar fruit and seed traits, suggests further fields of investigations for ecologists and evolutionary biologists. Such knowledge is crucial to understand the selective forces behind the diversification of Carapa species as well as many other ‘Out-of-Africa’ species, their high biodiversity, diversification and adaptation to similar habitats. (Photo : Carapa littoralis in Cameroun (top) and C. guianensis in Guyana (bottom). © David Kenfack, SI).

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