The project will aggregate and standardize biodiversity data from a range of biomes from across European Russia for the two of the region’s most abundant groups of soil-dwelling arthropods: springtails (Entognatha: Collembola) and oribatid mites (Arachnida: Sarcoptiformes). Training activities aim to familiarize Russian soil zoologists with the concept of open science.
The global gap in below-ground biodiversity data is particularly evident for Russia. This contrasts long traditions of soil zoological research and large volumes of data that were collected during the second half of the 20th century for the territory of USSR. Unfortunately, most of these data are non-digitalized or non-standardized.
The current project focuses on the two most abundant groups, curating and preparing datasets from wide-ranging personal collections data accumulated by two soil ecologists and taxonomic experts, Dr Natalia Kuznetsova and Dr Andrey Zaitsev.