Immediate Results

A computerized inventory of existing Kuril plants and animals in Russian collections will be made available to specialists around the world by way of a network search facility such as Gopher or the World Wide Web (see "Data Acquisition and Dissemination of Information."). In the same way, partial inventories of all plants and animals collected on the Kurils will be made available following the termination of each field season, and a full inventory will be made available following the termination of the grant. Participating scientists from all three nations, in close collaboration with students in the program, will prepare a series of pertinent publications: keys, guides, and annotated checklists of the flora and fauna of the southern Kuril Islands. The specimens collected, while adding enormously to the systematic collections of the participating institutions, will be made available for more detailed study to project participants as well as to qualified specialists outside of the program. A diverse array of systematic, zoogeographic, and ecological studies will result.

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