The European Society for Vector Ecology (ESOVE) is a professional organization formed in 1968 committed to solving many complex problems encountered in the field of vector biology and control – among these are the suppression of disease vectors through integration of control elements, such as environmental management, biological control and public education. ESOVE organizes one European conference every year, which is an internationally recognized and prestigious conference.
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A new publication came out concerning the exotic Aedes koreicus mosquito, a recent invader on the European continent that was introduced to several new places since its first detection in 2008. Compared to other exotic Aedes mosquitoes with public health significance that invaded Europe during the last decades, this species’ biology, behavior, and dispersal patterns were poorly investigated to date. ...
After its recent identification in Belgium using DNA-based technologies, a new member of the Anopheles maculipennis complex was also recently discovered in the Netherlands: Anopheles daciae. Because several pathogens were isolated from species of the Maculipennis complex, including malaria, it is important to be able to identify them accurately and to map their distribution for monitoring programs.
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.
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 linked to 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.