Research on soil fauna at the Department of Natural Resources, Institute of African Research and Studies, Cairo University
Revue Zoologique Africaine 102(3): 369-379
The Department of Natural Resources was established in 1971 as part of the Institute of African Research and Studies of Cairo University. At the beginning, research was a continuation of work on the ecology of earthworms in the 'old' irrigated soils of Egypt, but since 1974, it expanded to include whole communities of soil fauna in desert regions and in intermediate areas of desert lands reclaimed for agriculture, in parallel with other studies on climate, vegetation and soils, within the framework of the integrated studies under the auspices of the SAMDENE (1974-1979) and REMDENE (1979-1983) Projects in the NW coastal zone of Egypt. This Arid Mediterranean zone, with an attenuated strip (coastal) and another accentuated (more inland), is therefore classified as 'Afro-Mediterranean', or possibly 'Saharo-Mediterranean'. A summary of the work by the DNR team on the region's soil fauna and other work related to it, is presented.