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Studying spiders in Sri Lanka supported with modern equipment

Researchers inspecting  the Leica DM3000 research microscope at the National Institute of Fundamental Studies, a Ecology Evolution and Biodiversity project in Kandy.
Researchers inspecting the Leica DM3000 research microscope at the National Institute of Fundamental Studies, a Ecology Evolution and Biodiversity project in Kandy.

On January 29, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Joern Rohde, officially handed over a Leica DM3000 research microscope and a Leica M205C stereomicroscope to study spiders to Suresh P. Benjamin PhD.

Benjamin is an Associate Research Professor at the National Institute of Fundamental Studies, a Ecology Evolution and Biodiversity project in Kandy and he has specialised in arachnology. Arachnologists deal with all aspect of the study of spiders and other arachnids.

The microscope was urgently needed to ensure that Benjamin is able to continue his research work at his institute in Sri Lanka. The main focus of his work is the morphological study of spiders and the investigation of the molecular basis of endemism. Furthermore, he researches the evolutionary history of spiders and explores Sri Lanka’s highlands to study the biodiversity of spiders in Sri Lanka.

The microscope was funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany where Benjamin is a fellow. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes academic cooperation and exchange between excellent scientists and scholars from Germany and abroad. In its year long history, 20 Sri-Lankan researchers have been supported to date by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

 


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