Uncovering an overlooked radiation: molecular phylogeny and biogeo graphy of Madagascar's endemic river snails (Caenogastropoda: Pachychilidae: Madagasikara
The results - in conjunction with Malagasy organisation Madagasikara
Voakajy - were published in the Plos One journal, which indicated that the country's biodiversity was under "urgent threat".
In connection with Malagasy organisation Madagasikara
Voakajy, they discovered that the hunting of protected species in eastern Madagascar is increasing due to rapid social change.
Many Ratsiraka opponents rallied to the reform message of the then-mayor of Antananarivo, businessman Marc Ravalomanana, and his Tiako I Madagasikara
(TIM, or "I Love Madagascar") party.
However, the 3FN coalition, which contains most of the main opposition parties, including the former ruling party, Ratsiraka's Andry sy Riana Enti-Manavotra an'i Madagasikara
(AREMA), refused to participate in the discussions.