Representatives of all institutions involved in the research project came to the kick-off meeting on 16 February 2023 in the historic lecture hall of the BNITM. In addition to the BNITM and the FLI, these are the Carl von Ossietzky University (CvO) in Oldenburg, the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Land Research (ZALF) in Müncheberg, the Society for the Promotion of Mosquito Control (GFS) e.V. in Speyer and the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology (IZI) Leipzig. CuliFo 3 will receive three million euros in funding from the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture over the next three years.
About the project partners
The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) is Germany's largest institution for research, care and teaching in the field of tropical and emerging infectious diseases and a member of the Leibniz Association. Current research focuses on malaria, worm infections and other parasitoses, diseases caused by arboviruses and haemorrhagic fever viruses, as well as implementation research. For handling highly pathogenic viruses and infected insects, the institute has laboratories of the highest biological safety level (BSL4) and a safety insectarium (BSL3). BNITM includes the national reference centre for the detection of all tropical infectious agents and the WHO collaborating centre for arboviruses and haemorrhagic fever viruses. Together with the Ghanaian Ministry of Health and the University of Kumasi, it operates a modern research and training centre in the West African rainforest, which is also available to external working groups. In addition, the Institute maintains numerous other collaborations in other African countries such as Gabon, Nigeria, Tanzania and Madagascar.
The Friedrich Loeffler Institute, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health (FLI) is dedicated to the health of food-producing animals. Its central tasks are the prevention, diagnosis and control of animal diseases, the improvement of animal husbandry and nutrition, and the conservation and use of animal genetic resources. Another focus is the protection of humans against zoonoses, i.e. infections transmissible between animals and humans. The FLI cooperates with numerous international organisations such as the World Organisation for Animal Health WAOH, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation FAO, the World Health Organisation WHO and the European Food Safety Authority EFSA, also within the framework of collaboration and reference centres and reference laboratories. Direct cooperation projects are also carried out with many countries worldwide.