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The research portfolio of the Unit of Entomology is fully in line with three “ITM Priority Research Themes 2020-2024 ”: Challenge 1: Emerging infections and outbreaks; Challenge 3. Disease Elimination; and Challenge 5. Sustaining health in a rapidly changing world.
The Unit of Entomology, led by Prof Ruth Müller, aims to better understand the relationships between biodiversity, climate change and human health and to use this knowledge to control vector-borne diseases.
Our guiding questions are simple:
Our research lines
- Vector ecology: The understanding of vector ecology is fundamental for successful vector surveillance, vector prevention and vector control. We are using a multi-disciplinary approach to study the interaction of vector species and the environment in different regions of the world, and with a special focus on climate change.
- Vector biology: This interdisciplinary research line will generate a new understanding of the functional biology of larval competition, swarming & mating behavior, arboviral infections, and provide crucial knowledge about the mechanisms that underlie the fecundity and vector competence of vector species.
- Innovative vector control: Vector control is the applied part of our research portfolio and comprises trap development, development and assessment of biological, chemical and genetic vector control tools and the assessment of intervention studies. We test multiple approaches for vector control and test their usefulness for application, efficiency and social acceptance.
- Our research encompasses the monitoring of (exotic) mosquitoes in Belgium and abroad, vector biological and vector ecological studies in the field and laboratory, testing and assessment of vector control tools, and contributing to intervention studies.
- We are looking in depth at the link between environment and mosquito-borne disease risks at ecological and social level in order to develop ecoregion specific vector control strategies and specific communication tools.
- We inform the government, private companies and citizens on exotic mosquitoes in Belgium and Germany, and insect-borne mosquitoes in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
- In the South, we collaborate with governmental and academic stakeholders and specifically provide training and expertise on entomological surveillance, integrative vector control strategies and assessment of the efficiency of vector-borne disease interventions.
- We inform governmental, private and academic stakeholders and citizens about the link of biodiversity and health and advise them on the link of vector-pathogen-host interactions and the environment and social factors in the special context of climate change.
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Discover our research on the ecology of mosquitoes
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Learn about the complexity of vector control
Explore our entomological research in the Global South
Our infection studies and pathogen screening in insects
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1/08/23 → 31/12/24
Project: Research Project
1/01/23 → 31/12/26
Project: Research Project
15/11/22 → …
Van Bortel, W., Boudoua, B., Busani, L., Decoupes, R., Interdonato, R., Kafando, R., van Kleef, E., Roche, M., Alam Syed, M. & Teisseire, M., 2023, In: Data in Brief. 46, p. 108870
Research output: Contribution to journal › A2: International peer reviewed article (not A1-type) › peer-review
Behavior of Adult Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in Kinshasa, DRC, and the Implications for ControlManzambi, E. Z., Mbuka, G. B., Ilombe, G., Takasongo, R. M., Tezzo, F. W., Del Carmen Marquetti, M., Metelo, E., Vanlerberghe, V. & Van Bortel, W., 2023, In: Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease. 8, 4, 207.
Research output: Contribution to journal › A1: Web of Science-article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile26 Downloads (Pure)
Epidemic intelligence activities among national public and animal health agencies: a European cross-sectional studyDub, T., Mäkelä, H., van Kleef, E., Leblond, A., Mercier, A., Hénaux, V., Bouyer, F., Binot, A., Thiongane, O., Lancelot, R., Delconte, V., Zamuner, L., Van Bortel, W. & Arsevska, E., 2023, In: BMC Public Health. 23, 1, 1488.
Research output: Contribution to journal › A1: Web of Science-article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile5 Downloads (Pure)