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To alleviate the impact of insect vectors on man and animals, by conducting use-inspired research. Largely financed by extramural money and in collaborative research, we investigate insect-pathogen interactions under high biosafety containment (BSL 3), study the insects’ thermal and host seeking behaviours with video tracking, olfactometers and in (semi-)field experiments, and further identify novel repellents (natural skin bacteria as probiotics, spatial repellents). We provide relevant data to enable accurate mathematical models and novel solutions for the protection of men and animals.
Our unit acts as the Swiss reference laboratory for vectors related to epizootic and zoonotic diseases, as appointed by the Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (BLV).