BE-TAF comprises of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS); the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA); and Meise Botanic Garden (MBG). These insitutions represent the best Belgium has to offer in collections and related research expertise and analytical facilities.
The research community at BE TAF is highly productive. Over 730 peer-reviewed papers were generated in 2006/2007. BE TAF research highlights include:
Founded in 1846, RBINS houses a diverse and exceptionally rich zoological collection, palaeoanthropological and mineralogical collections and prehistoric items involving about 37,000,000 specimens with around 100,000 primary types.
The RMCA was established in 1897 and, as a multidisciplinary institution focussing on conservation, education and research, it holds the largest biodiversity collection anywhere in the world on Central Africa, offering a complete cross-section of reference material from many central African taxa.
Meise Botanic Garden (MeiseBG)’s history goes back to 1796 and is one of the 10 largest botanic gardens and 15 largest herbarium in the world, with a domain of 92 hectares and holding 4 million preserved specimens, a rich botanical library, a seedbank and a living plant collection with 18000 different taxa from all around the around the world.