Advancing vector biology research: a community survey for future directions, research applications and infrastructure requirements

Alain Kohl, Emilie Pondeville, Esther Schnettler, Andrea Crisanti, Clelia Supparo, George K. Christophides, Paul J. Kersey, Gareth L. Maslen, Willem Takken, Constantianus J.M. Koenraadt, Clelia F. Oliva, Núria Busquets, F. Xavier Abad, Anna Bella Failloux, Elena A. Levashina, Anthony J. Wilson, Eva Veronesi, Maëlle Pichard, Sarah Arnaud Marsh, Frédéric SimardKenneth D. Vernick

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    Abstract

    © 2016 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Vector-borne pathogens impact public health, animal production, and animal welfare. Research on arthropod vectors such as mosquitoes, ticks, sandflies, and midges which transmit pathogens to humans and economically important animals is crucial for development of new control measures that target transmission by the vector. While insecticides are an important part of this arsenal, appearance of resistance mechanisms is increasingly common. Novel tools for genetic manipulation of vectors, use of Wolbachia endosymbiotic bacteria, and other biological control mechanisms to prevent pathogen transmission have led to promising new intervention strategies, adding to strong interest in vector biology and genetics as well as vector–pathogen interactions. Vector research is therefore at a crucial juncture, and strategic decisions on future research directions and research infrastructure investment should be informed by the research community. A survey initiated by the European Horizon 2020 INFRAVEC-2 consortium set out to canvass priorities in the vector biology research community and to determine key activities that are needed for researchers to efficiently study vectors, vector-pathogen interactions, as well as access the structures and services that allow such activities to be carried out. We summarize the most important findings of the survey which in particular reflect the priorities of researchers in European countries, and which will be of use to stakeholders that include researchers, government, and research organizations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)164-172
    JournalPathogens and Global Health
    Volume110
    Issue number4-5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2016

    Keywords

    • Community survey
    • Research infrastructures
    • Research requirements
    • Vector biology
    • Vector-borne diseases
    • Vector–pathogen interactions

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    Kohl, A., Pondeville, E., Schnettler, E., Crisanti, A., Supparo, C., Christophides, G. K., Kersey, P. J., Maslen, G. L., Takken, W., Koenraadt, C. J. M., Oliva, C. F., Busquets, N., Abad, F. X., Failloux, A. B., Levashina, E. A., Wilson, A. J., Veronesi, E., Pichard, M., Arnaud Marsh, S., ... Vernick, K. D. (2016). Advancing vector biology research: a community survey for future directions, research applications and infrastructure requirements. Pathogens and Global Health, 110(4-5), 164-172. https://doi.org/10.1080/20477724.2016.1211475