Biology and control of vector-borne infections in Europe

  • Date of start: 2011/01/01
  • End: 2014/12/31

Goals of the project

Epizootic survey. Copyright NCDC
Sampling cattle for CCHF. Copyright IPH-NVEU
Primary spread of BTV8 in Belgium. Copyright Guy Hendrickx
Sandfly resting area and light trap. Copyright HUESRL
Experimental transmission of Leishmania parasites. Copyright LMZ Valtice

Welcome to the website of EDENext, Biology and control of vector-borne infections in Europe, a research project bringing together 46 international partners dedicated to investigating the biological, ecological and epidemiological components of vector-borne disease introduction, emergence and spread, and the creation of new tools to control them. Due to environmental and socio-economic changes, vector-borne diseases (VBD) are becoming an increasing challenge for human and veterinary public health not only in Europe, but across the globe. Emerging infectious diseases (EID) are often detected in Europe and North America but also pose major risks for developing countries, where many factors favour the emergence of VBD and there are limited health facilities to prevent, monitor or control their spread. Therefore the work of EDENext is not only as a means of protecting and improving public health and the welfare of European citizens, but part of a coordinated international effort.

Copyright: EDENext

EDENext builds on the concepts, methods, tools and results of the earlier EDEN project (Emerging diseases in a changing European environment). It is using the same general approach of understanding and explaining biological, ecological and epidemiological processes in order to develop a set of state-of-the-art methods and tools to improve prevention, surveillance and control of vector populations and VBD. However, while EDEN focused on the effects of environmental changes on the emergence of VBD, EDENext is seeking to explain and model the processes leading to the introduction, establishment and spread of vectors and/or VBD, and to assess the possible control strategies to break the epidemiological cycles of VBD.

Following the successful formula established by EDEN, the project is organised around a set of vertical disease-related activities linked by horizontal themes which provide integrated technical input to the vertical groups, minimising duplication and ensuring a coordinated approach throughout the project.

In EDENext the vertical focus is on vector groups: ticks, rodents and insectivores, mosquitoes, Culicoides, and sand flies.

Research Directorate-General
SP-1 Cooperation,
Collaborative project, large-scale integrating project
Grant agreement number 261504 EDENext Biology and control of vector-borne infection

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