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S37. Systematics Research in Africa: Impact for millions
The African continent is home to an enormous amount of biodiversity, presenting significant challenges in understanding and managing resources in a manner that respects human interactions with the natural environment. A group of scientists from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Australia and the United States of America have formed a coalition that seeks to utilize advanced phylogenetic, genomic and computational techniques to generate robust phylogenies to aid in understanding this biodiversity. The resulting phylogenetic understanding provides the framework that enables solutions to problems affecting millions of African people, such as food security and disease. In this symposium, we would like to highlight the amazingly innovative and impactful research that is happening on the African continent, including applications in agriculture, biodiversity and medicine. Because much of Africa systematics research has been carried out separately from “mainstream” systematics research, we believe our symposium can contribute to better integration by highlighting current work in Africa, thus providing an opportunity for new collaborations to begin. Our ultimate goal is a more inclusive, diverse, and vibrant systematics community worldwide.
Invited speaker: Joseph Ndunguru “Translating upstream science into impact and benefit for the poor”
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