Arthropods Gene bank Establishment
The most diverse group of the animal kingdom, arthropods make up 75% of the world's animal species (Gerdesa, Uhla & Alpersa, 2009). They are subdivided into four major groups:
Arthropods make a key contribution to biodiversity, playing a major role in maintaining ecosystems as:
o Pollinators of most flowering plants
o Natural enemies of pests
o Recyclers of dead animal and plant matters
o Food for other animals
o Mixers and fertilizers of soil
Arthropod biodiversity is evolving continuously as a result of environmental changes and human activities.
Aims & Objectives
|The main objective of this project is to preserve the genetic diversity of a collection of the more important and conspicuous arthropods obtained from the College of Agricultural & Marine Sciences, SQU and National Field Research Center for Environment Conservation (NFRCEC) within OAPGRC gene bank at University of Nizwa.|
- o Maintaining the genetic diversity of the most socioeconomically important arthropods samples.
- o Producing a catalogue of arthropod species in Oman
- o Establishing a database of arthropod species in Oman
The project includes three phases:
- o Phase I (Submit
the proposal draft, Order
the consumable items for morphological and molecular identification, Agree
with all parties on their aims and responsibilities)
- o Phase II (morphological and molecular identification of the socioeconomically samples of arthropods species in Oman; preservation the species samples)
o Phase III (collecting and identifying the samples of arthropods species that were not surveyed in Oman and less important based on morphological and molecular of methods; preserving the species samples; writing scientific reports and research paper).
January 2017 - December 2019
| Phase I |
January 2019 - December 2020
Phase II & preserving the species samples, Develop
a database for arthropods collection, Writing
the report of the Phase I
September 2020 - June 2021
Phase III & Publishing
|Collaborators||Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), National Field Research Center for Environment Conservation (NFRCEC) and Natural History Museum (NHM).|
o SQU (Dr. Ali Al Wahaibi, Mr. Ali Al Raeesi, Dr. Riaz Shah and Dr. Salama A-Humaidi).
o OAPGRC (Dr. Ali Al Lawati, Dr. Ihab Shaat, Mrs. Asila Al Naabi and Mrs. Zahra Al Shabibi)
o NFRCEC (Mr. Khalifa Al Haji, Mr. Said Al Rashdi and Mr. Nasser Al Rahbi)
o NHM (Mrs. Azza Al Jabri and Ms. Shaikha Al Shukaili)
|Achievements/ Impacts/ Outcomes|
o Defining the socioeconomically important arthropods species in Oman
o All the consumable items required for conducting the morphological and molecular identification for arthropods species have been ordered
o Collecting samples that were not surveyed in Oman, less important and difficult to identify.
o Starting the morphological and molecular identification for arthropods species.
o Training junior staff from OAPGRC, NHM and NFRCEC in morphological and molecular species identification.
o Writing scientific report and research paper