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National Museum to co-host International Conference on Rodent Biology and Management

National Museum to co-host International Conference on Rodent Biology and Manage

The National Museum will, through the involvement of its scientists in the Mammalogy Department, be co-hosting the Fourth International Conference on Rodent Biology and Management (ICRBM4). The Conference will be held at the C.R. Swart Auditorium on the main campus of the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, from 12 to 16 April 2010.

This will be the first time that this Conference will be held in Africa. The ICRBM meetings are held every four years and bring together scientists that study the wide variety of rodent species, populations and communities, across the scientific disciplines: from ecology, behaviour, physiology and reproductive biology to genetics, taxonomy and systematics, from conservation to pest management. Human and livestock health and safety to rodent parasites and diseases are also included. The Conference provides the ideal forum to exchange ideas and opportunities for local and international collaboration.

For more information, see www.icrbm.org.

Dr Nico Avenant of the Mammalogy Department of the National Museum is the Chairperson of the organising Committee and Mr Jurie du Plessis, also from the Museum, is the Treasurer.