BopCo has attended the International Conference on DNA Barcoding and Biodiversity (ICDBB) in Sofia (Bulgaria) on 25-27/05/2022. The event is organized by the Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, as part of the BULCode project (https://www.plantbulcode.com/) supported by the National Program “European Scientific Networks”, Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria. The ICDBB 2022 was a hybrid event with in-person aspects held at the Park hotel Moskva and virtual posters and presentations.
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A new publication came out reviewing the different mosquito monitoring activities undertaken in Belgium since 2007. Multiple exotic Aedes species were found introduced or estblished. Full publication available here.
BopCo has attended the International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species (ICAIS) in Oostende on 18-22/04/2022. The Conference was co-hosted by the Netherland’s Office for Risk Assessment & Research (NVWA/BuRO) and Belgium’s Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO), with the support of Canada’s Invasive Species Centre, the ICAIS Secretariat. The ICAIS 2022 was a hybrid event with in-person aspects held at the Thermae Palace Hotel, Oostende, Belgium and virtual posters and presentations live online.
A new publication came out reporting an outbreak investigation of two fatal cases of autochthonous Plasmodium falciparum malaria that occurred in Belgium in September 2020. Various hypotheses of the potential source of infection were investigated. The most likely route of transmission was through an infectious exotic Anopheles mosquito that was imported via the international airport of Brussels or the military airport Melsbroek.
We are looking for a replacement for the PhD position on the BELSPO funded BopCo project stationed in the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.
BopCo will be present at the LifeWatch Biodiversity Day, which will be held 28th October 2021 in Ghent.
BopCo will be present at the 10th European Mosquito Control Association (EMCA) International Conference, which will be held in Vienna (Austria) from 3rd to the 7th of October 2021.
Between 2017 and 2020, larvae, pupae, and adults of Culiseta longiareolata were found at distinct locations in Belgium and the Netherlands. Collected mosquitoes were morphologically identified and the identification was then validated by BopCo using COI DNA barcoding. These are the first records for this species, which might be a potential vector of bird pathogens (e.g., West Nile virus), in Belgium and the Netherlands.
On March 25 an article entitled “Population genetic structure of the Asian bush mosquito, Aedes japonicus (Diptera, Culicidae), in Belgium suggests multiple introductions” was published by Parasites & Vectors.