From the first, biodiversity Indonesia became a magnet for foreign researchers. For example, Alfred Russel Wallace, a British youth, in 1854 left the country to explore biodiversity in the archipelago.Wallace expedition for eight years succeeded in collecting 110,000 collections of insects, shells 7500, 8050 birds and 410 mammals and reptiles.
From the expedition, Wallace managed to map the flora of western Asia, the flora of the eastern Pacific, and Autralia. Mapping the flora was later better known as Wallacea line. During exploring several islands in Indonesia, Wallace finds many theories of biology, especially evolutionary theory. One example, when animals die first inferior superior animals would survive. That's what Wallace bring about the emergence of new species as part of the process of evolution. The theory then makes a lot of Wallace's position aligns with the Charles Darwin, originator of the theory of evolution.
Dr Rosichon Ubaidillah MPhil, insect taxonomist from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Wallace describes not only interested in exploring the mysteries of biological diversity in Indonesia. Research on insect taxonomy, for example, is still much scientists do Britain, France, Holland, America, Japan, and Australia.
In fact, the World Bank through the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and the Japanese government through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to invest the research by giving grants to LIPI to develop the study of taxonomy in Indonesia. Grant is in the form Bogoriense Herbarium Building, museums, and microbiology laboratories and facilities.
In addition to physical assistance, other things more important, said Rosichon, foreign parties to help develop Indonesia's human resource skills in the field of taxonomy. Help is certainly very useful to remember this for the number oftaxonomists Indonesia is still small.