Non-destructive study methods in entomology

Organized by: Marco Ferrante, Azorean Biodiversity Group, Department of Environmental Sciences

A recently recognised, important element of the biodiversity crisis is the decline of arthropods. Arthropods are the most species-rich group of multicellular organisms on Earth, and perform several functions that are essential for proper functioning of ecological systems. Consequently, arthropod decline is not only a matter of lost biodiversity. However, the profession devoted to studying them, entomology, has traditionally been using lethal methods to study arthropods. Therefore, the very profession that sounds the alarm bells is itself unaware of the fact that they themselves - in however small a way - contribute to the phenomenon. The suggested symposium aims to point out this fact but in order to make a constructive contribution and promote a paradigm shift, will call attention to existing, non-lethal methods to study arthropods. This poses a challenge to refine and develop additional methods that minimise destruction. We expect enthusiastic participation and lively discussions of the core topic of the suggested symposium. Additional contributions can be accommodated.

Predator avoidance behaviour of large carabids revealed by non-destructive methods in a managed oak-hornbeam forest
Jana Růžičková (MTA-ELTE-MTM Ecology Research Group, Hungary)