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Naturalis Biodiversity Center (Naturalis)
Hosting Legal Entity
Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Droevendaalsesteeg 3a, Wageningen, PO: 6708 PB (Netherlands)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 2010
Scientific Description
Naturalis Biodiversity Center is a large-scale research facility hosting a natural history collection of over 37 million objects and over 100 researchers, who are experts in a wide range of organism groups. Naturalis has active partnerships with the Universities of Amsterdam, Leiden and Wageningen. Core expertise comprise theoretical systematics and the application of modern methods for taxonomy, evolutionary reconstructions, evo-devo research, ecological niche modelling, and biodiversity assessments. The joint capability of Naturalis includes a high profile on biodiversity informatics and a research community with proven project management experience.Currently the institute is distributed, but in the coming years all activities will be concentrated in a single site. In order to facilitate this the construction of a new extension to our current main building is foreseen. Our mission is: to explore, describe and understand biodiversity for the wellbeing of man and the future of our planet.

RI Keywords
Molecular and morphological laboratoria, DNA barcoding, Biodiversity, Tree of life research, Evo-devo, Bioinformatics (including biodiversity informatics), Ecosystem services, Global change biology, Evolution, Natural history archives, Natural history museum, Ecological niche modelling
RI Category
Research Data Service Facilities
Natural History Collections
Bio-informatics Facilities
Research Libraries
Scientific Domain
Biological and Medical Sciences
Earth and Environmental Sciences
DNA Barcoding Facility

DNA Barcoding Facility.

Morphological and molecular laboratoria for systematic and biodiversity research.

Morphological and molecular laboratoria for systematic and biodiversity research.

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
CETAF - Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities
Date of last update: 12/07/2013
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