Indonesia is known to be the home of an incredibly biodiverse fauna, with thousands and thousands of amazing animal species. This is particularly true for the Arthropoda, which is the phylum of multi-legged invertebrates such as insects, spiders, scorpions, centipedes, and millipedes. Despite continuous taxonomic efforts to systematically describe and name newly discovered species, most Indonesian arthropods remain unknown to science. This book, as a product of the intensive collaboration between the Department of Plant Protection at IPB University and the Department of Animal Ecology at University of Göttingen within the EFForTS project, is aimed at the nexus between ecological research and taxonomical discovery. Through cooperative publication with BRIN Publishing, this book focuses on four major beetle families from Jambi Province in the heart of Sumatra, containing ecological background, identification keys to subfamily and genera, and a photographic collection of more than 500 thus far mostly undocumented species encountered in lowland rainforest and plantations of rubber and oil palm. Despite boasting highly biodiverse ecosystems, taxonomic discoveries from Jambi Province have thus far been virtually nonexistent, which this book aims to alleviate. The publication of this book is thus greatly hoped to provide a useful tool and reference for beetle identification species descriptions from the region, and helps to boost the limited number of identification books about arthropods, especially beetles, in Indonesia. Happy reading!
Dr. Purnama Hidayat is a lecturer at the Division of Entomology, Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, IPB University. He is also the head of Insect Teaching and Research Collection in the department. His research interests are on insect biodiversity and taxonomy, especially agricultural and beneficial insects. He is also interested in the integrated pest management (IPM) of agricultural pests. He got his Bachelor’s degree in the Department of Plant Protection, IPB University, Indonesia in 1985. He earned his Master’s degree in the Department of Entomology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, the USA in 1992 and earned his Doctorate degree from the same university in 1996.
Fatimah Siddikah is a research assistant for the CRC990/EFForTS group Z02. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in the Department of Plant Protection, IPB University, Indonesia in 2017. Now shes's work in UPTD BPTPH Dinas Tanaman Pangan dan Hortikultura Provinsi Jawa Barat. She is interested in beetles and published a paper about the diversity and community composition of weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) specifically in oil palm and rubber plantation in the Indonesian Journal of Entomology (Siddikah et al., 2020).
Kasmiatun currently works as a research assistant for the CRC990/EFForTS group Z02. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in the Department of Plant Protection, IPB University, Indonesia in 2018. She is interested in beetles and published a paper about the diversity and community composition of click beetles (Coleoptera: Elateridae) in the IOP Conference Series (Kasmiatun et al., 2020a) and Indonesian Journal of Entomology (Kasmiatun et al., 2020b).
Prof. Woro Anggraitoningsih Noerdjito is a researcher in the Laboratory of Entomology, Zoology Division, Research Center for Biology, Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Cibinong West Java, Indonesia. Her research interests are entomology, insect ecology, and beetles. She indeterminate many journals and books relating to beetles, ecology, diversity, and many more. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Faculty of Biology Gadjah Mada University, in 1973, then continued in Biology from Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences Indonesia University, 1998. After that, she earned her Ph. D’s in Insect Ecology from Kanazawa University, Japan in 1998. She holds a Professor’s of research in 2006.
Rosyid Amrulloh currently works as a journalist in Public Relations Department, IPB University. He is also a staff of Multimedia in the Center for Transdisciplinary and Sustainability Sciences (CTSS), IPB University. His undergraduate research was about the leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae) from CRC990/EFForTS samples. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in the Department of Plant Protection, IPB University, Indonesia in 2020.
Muhammad Syaifullah Hiola has been a research assistant of CRC990/EFForTS group Z02. He studied Agrotechnology at Gorontalo University, Indonesia from 2010-2014. Then continued his Master’s degree in Entomology Department, IPB University, Indonesia in 2015-2019. He has an interest in beetles and his thesis was about the abundance, richness, and community composition of rove beetles (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae).
Lailatun Najmi was a research assistant of the CRC990 - EFForTS research project Z02. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in the Department of Biology, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Andalas University, Indonesia in 2012. She then pursued her Master’s degree at the Entomology Department, IPB University, Indonesia from 2013 to 2017. She also is interested in beetles and authored a paper about weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), specifically their diversity and community composition (Najmi et al., 2018).
Rizky Nazarreta is a research assistant for the CRC990/EFForTS group Z02. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in the Department of Plant Protection, IPB University, Indonesia in 2012. She then continued her Master’s degree in Entomology Department, IPB University, Indonesia in from 2014 to 2017. During her thesis, Rizky focused on canopy ants and was the first author on a paper and a field guide to the canopy ants of Jambi Province (Nazarreta et al., 2019; Nazarreta et al., 2020).
Prof. Stefan Scheu is the head of the Animal Ecology Group, JFB-Institute for Zoology and Anthropology, University of Göttingen, Germany. He is interested in the diversity, ecology and evolution of soil animals, decomposer communities, rhizosphere ecology, and food web ecology. He earned his Diploma in Biology at the University of Göttingen. Then continued as a Postdoc at the JFB-Institute for Zoology and Anthropology, University of Göttingen and at the University of Calgary, Canada. In 1997 he was appointed as Professor of Zoology and Ecology at Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany. Since 2008, he holds the Chair in Animal Ecology at the University of Göttingen.
Prof. Damayanti Buchori is a lecturer at the Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, IPB University. She is also the Head of Biological Control Laboratory at the Department of Plant Protection and Head of the Center for Transdisciplinary and Sustainability Sciences (CTSS), IPB University. She was featured as one of the Inspirational Women’s Scientists in Asia by the Academic Association and Scientific Society in Asia in 2018. Her research interests lie in the interphase of conservation-agricultural issues with a special focus on insect diversity and land-use change, biological control, pollination ecology, and sustainability sciences. She is also active in work related to science-based policies. She began her Bachelor’s education in the Department of Pest and Plant Diseases, IPB University, Indonesia in 1984 and received her Master’s from the Entomology Department, University of Illinois, the USA in 1989. In 1993, she received her Ph.D. from the Biology Department, Indiana University, USA. She holds a Professor of Entomology and Plant Pests since 2014.
Dr. Jochen Drescher is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Animal Ecology, Faculty of Biology and Psychology, Göttingen University, Germany. Jochen Drescher started his studies at the RWTH Aachen, Germany, earning his pre-diploma in 2003. In 2006, he received his full diploma from the Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, Würzburg University, Germany, where he also completed his doctoral studies in 2011. After an interim position at the Department of Animal Ecology I, Bayreuth University, Germany, he joined the EFForTS project at Göttingen University in mid-2012 as a postdoctoral research fellow.
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