4th Borneo sampling expedition
Climbing in Borneo
Its almost like flying ...
Climbing trees is fun. Climbing huge trees in the tropical rain forest is a double fun. Climbing a very rare and critically endangered trees like Shorea johorensis from the Dipterocarpaceae family is simply a great honor (and fun too of cource). These photos were made on Shorea johorensis the main host tree of the YG (yellow goo) ants from Componotus colobopsis group, the main object of the research project. Location: Brunei, Borneo, Temburong district, KBFSC (Kuala Belalong Field Studies Center).
Sampling on trees
The ants live in large colonies occupying one or more trees. When the night comes they return to their nests which may be located inside dead brunches as well as in the living wood and even inside the tree stem.
YG ants at the entrance to the artificial nest. it took them more than a year to occupy the nest but now they are at home here. This nest can provide shelter for several hundreds ants at the same time.
Working on now:
Building website Mycocode.com
Mycocode.com is the website of Microbiology group of the Vienna Technical University.
Its research was initially focused on the diversity and molecular evolution of filamentous fungi and on the development of the bioinformatic tools for their identification. Currently we are challenged by the comparative genomics of filamentous fungi as the genomes of industrially important and plant beneficial mold Trichoderma and numerous related fungi have been sequenced.