The relation between land use and biodiversity with the
Drosophila species group as indicator.
December 1991 - August 1993
The aim of this research proposal is to study the relation
between the biodiversity of forest ecosystems and land use. We hope to
develop a fast monitoring system for biodiversity based on diversity of
a representative insect group. This research has a biological purpose,
but can and will contribute to the research done by the whole team and
give specific information from the biodiversity side in the joint environmental
research. It is not possible to analyze all the acquired data in the field.
A period will be spend at the department of Population Biology (RUL) to
do so after returning in the Netherlands. This could also add more knowledge
to the biodiversity concept used in the environmental sciences. In the
preparatory stage, help with the practical side and standardization will
be received from the Department of Population Biology. In environmental
sciences, more than in the ecology, the concept biodiversity is linked
with the normative good of both long-term human survival and the protection
of nature as a value in itself.
See also: Deforestation and sustainable development (Sierra Madre, North-Eastern Luzon, Philippines).
Institute for Evolutionary and Ecological Sciences, Section
Jan G. Sevenster and
Jacques J.M. van Alphen.
"Does habitat destruction always lead to loss in biodiversity?"
13th annual meeting of
the Netherlands Entomological Society,
"Exploring the use of the Drosophila genus as
biodiversity indicator. Research for the Sierra Madre Forest."
2nd conference of CVPED, Isabela State University, Cabagan, The Philippines.