Main research topics
The Laboratory for Mosquito Monitoring surveys the occurrence and spatiotemporal distribution of native and invasive mosquito species and their role in the transmission of pathogens in Germany. The tasks include the planning and coordination of national monitoring activities, morphological and molecular identification of mosquitoes, pathogen screening and characterisation as well as surveillance of invasive mosquito species. The data are used to develop mosquito-borne disease risk assessments, surveillance plans and response measures to putative mosquito vectors. The activities are carried out in close cooperation with other laboratories in the IMED (Laboratory for Medical Entomology, Laboratory for Vector Capacity, Laboratory for Molecular Vector-Pathogen Interaction), other institutes of the FLI, the National Expert Committee ‚Mosquitoes as Vectors of Disease Agents‘ and other research facilities. In particular, the Laboratory for Mosquito Monitoring provides the technical support and provision of scientific expertise in questions of mosquito ecology and epidemiology for public health decision- and policy-makers.