Prof. Dr. Ellen Kiel
IBU, Fak. V, Building A1
Carl von Ossietzky Universität
D-26111 Oldenburg


Jutta Behrens

A1 3-312

+49 (0)441/798-4707

+49 (0)441/798-19-4707


Mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases in Germany

Period: 01.01.2023 – 31.12.2025

Financed by: Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Funding programme: BMEL - Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture


The fundamental aim of this project is to gain a better understanding of the biotic and abiotic factors that control the occurrence and development of arboviruses in Germany. This enables an improved assessment of the veterinary and human medical relevance of known and previously unknown arboviruses. Building on this, targeted intervention research should minimize the risk of arbovirus transmission to animals and humans.

Work package of the Aquatic Ecology Working Group as part of the CuliFo3 cooperation project: Recording the breeding, resting and overwintering places of mosquitoes along land use gradients

Based on the results from the previous cooperation projects CuliMO, CuliFo and CuliFo2, as part of CuliFo3 we collect high-resolution data that characterises the spatio-temporal dynamics of mosquito populations, and we analyse their breeding, resting, and overwintering sites. The research focus is on the epidemiologically relevant species of the genus Culex, which transmit the West Nile virus and the Usutu virus in Central Europe. The resulting data on the ecology of these vectors enables the development and improvement of predictive models of the spatiotemporal distribution of mosquitoes, a prerequisite for planning innovative and efficient intervention concepts.

Participating institutions (external)

  • ZALF - Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung
  • BNITM - Bernhard- Nocht-Institut für Tropenmedizin
  • FLI - Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut - Bundesforschungsinstitut für Tiergesundheit
  • KABS - Kommunale Aktionsgemeinschaft zur Bekämpfung der Schnakenplage e.V.


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