BiodivERsA is very happy to announce the release of its third animated video presenting the results of the INVAXEN research project.
The project was funded under the 2012-13 joint call for research proposals on invasive species and biological invasions.
Following the URBES project (winner of the 1st edition), and the BUFFER project (winner of the 2nd edition), the INVAXEN project has been awarded the opportunity to present their work in an animated video as part of the BiodivERsA Prize for Excellence and Impact. This prize acknowledges the excellent, pioneering research performed in INVAXEN.
The project studied the biology, ecology, and behaviour of the highly invasive African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) – which is of increasing concern in Europe – as well as its impact on local populations and its invasive potential. Their observations allowed them to develop models to predict future invasion patterns in different areas of the world. Through collaborations with local actors and stakeholders, they shared and exchanged knowledge on the frog to improve management practices for conservation purposes on the field. The project has a pan-European dimension and may serve as a model for the study of invasive vertebrate species.
The BiodivERsA Prize is awarded on a yearly basis to showcase the achievements of BiodivERsA-funded projects that have produced excellent science with concrete impacts for policy and/or society.
The Belgian Biodiversity Platform & BiodivERsA led the production of this video, along with the INVAXEN project researchers and the video production company, Squarefish.