Biosystematics, informatics and genomics of the big 4 insect groups: training tomorrow's researchers and entrepreneurs

The mystery of insects is unveiled - now in six languages

BIG's Results in Brief are available in English, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish. 

The project studied the four largest insect groups represented by beetles, bees, flies and butterflies and the services they could potentially provide by combining genomics, phylogenetics, informatics, taxonomy, semantic, biodiversity publishing and citizen science. 

BIG4's valuable contribution to healthy ecosystems made it part of the Results in Pack on Biodiversity, published by CORDIS.

With regard to the future, project coordinator Prof Solodovnikov believes that "BIG4 broke the established bias of investigating bigger yet less abundant organisms. The cohort of trained young researchers, who will soon start their own research teams, will continue this legacy and invest in future insect research.″ BIG4 stressed the demand for resources to further tackle this hidden biological mega-diversity, to get a bigger picture of the living world and its functions.

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