BSL-3 Insectarium

A large variety of tropical pathogens are transmitted by insects that act as vectors such as mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, mites, or bugs. Particularly viruses like West Nile, Dengue or Zika virus but also parasites inducing malaria leishmaniasis or sleeping sickness are vector-borne pathogens.

For research on vector-pathogen interactions, the BNITM maintains breedings of various arthropods and since 2012 the institute operates an insectarium of Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) in which, for instance, studies are carried out to investigate vector competences of mosquitoes for tropical viruses. This laboratory contains several safety measures including specific access requirements, a negative pressure and a wind shower door lock system allowing experimental infections of insects with pathogens up to biosafety level 3.

The BSL-3 insectarium is open to external cooperation partners or experiments for external partners are carried out by BNITM staff members. In addition, training in handling of insects under high safety conditions can be offered in individual cases.

The BSL-3 insectarium is open to external cooperation partners or experiments for external partners are carried out by BNITM staff members. In addition, training in handling of insects under high safety conditions can be offered in individual cases.

The BSL-3 insectarium is an infrastructure supported by the German Centre for Infection Research (DZIF).

Contact

Arbovirology

Dr. Anna Heitmann
Dr. Stephanie Jansen

Telefon: +49 40 42818-832
E-Mail: heitmann(at)bnitm.de
E-Mail: jansen(at)bnitm.de

Molecular Entomology

Prof. Esther Schnettler
Dr. Mayke Leggewie

Telefon: +49 40 42818-208
E-Mail: schnettler(at)bnitm.de
E-Mail: leggewie(at)bnitm.de

 


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