Atelier TLJ

Atelier T.L.J offers unique ready-to-wear collections entirely made in Réunion. These are above all quality feminine textile products, with a graceful and refined design.

The combination of the skills of TLJ and Micropoda aims to create a collection of clothing with motifs inspired by animals of Reunion's fauna, rare, unknown or endangered, offering a unique style and identity based on local heritage, which will benefit the protection of Reunion's biodiversity.

Insects and People of the Southwest Indian Ocean

IPSIO is an interdisciplinary research and coordination network that emphasizes individual initiatives aimed at increasing the impact and visibility of local actions. IPSIO will help ensure that insects are taken into account in conservation and land use planning, and raise awareness in the biodiversity sector about the benefits of including insects in environmental management.

Max Planck Institute  for Developmental Biology, Integrative Evolutionary Biology Lab.

This laboratory uses an interdisciplinary approach that integrates development, ecology and genetics of populations to discover the mechanisms that lead to modifications and evolutionary novelties. For this, the laboratory has chosen model organisms and has been developing a set of sophisticated analytical tools for functional studies. The nematode Pristionchus pacificus, a species associated with the scarab beetles, is a model of choice for this evolutionary biology work, both in the laboratory and in the field.

The population genetic component of this work has focused on Réunion since 2008. The island has indeed revealed an unsuspected diversity of P. pacificus associated with a high number of endemic scarab species. Due to its young age and its great diversity of habitats, Reunion Island represents an exceptional environment for studies of population genetics and evolutionary ecology.