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The development of the mosquito removal project has started

A joint cross-border project on mosquito control is being formed at the initiative of Croatia.

The initiator of the project is the Croatian Development Agency of Osijek-Baranya, the aim of which is to coordinate joint development and mitigation measures against mosquito infection in the Hungarian-Croatian border region. Possible project partners are the Department of Biology, Osijek-Baranya County Institute of Public Health Education; Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek; University of Pécs, Szentágothai Research Center; National Center for Public Health.

The aim of the project is to establish a framework for cross-border co-operation in the Hungarian-Croatian border region for the research and development, control and prevention of mosquito infestation, especially with regard to the large proportion of border river areas. In addition to control and prevention, cooperation to mitigate the effects of climate change is also part of the project to combat the emergence of invasive border mosquito species.

Future partners want to establish a framework for institutional and organizational cooperation in the field of mosquito control, prevention of mosquito infestation and control of invasive mosquito species.

The project includes the development of a plan for the conversion of the ReCIT infrastructure facilities in Osijek, and the establishment of a Regional Mosquito Research and Management Center with the conversion of the existing ReCIT facilities and equipment in Osijek.

The Szentágothai Research Center has been researching the infection data of the species living in the border area for a long time, which can be further expanded within the framework of the project, and an online database on mosquito infections in the border area can be created.

The project will also focus on the analysis and identification of applicable technologies for the control and prevention of mosquito infections and their investigation in the border area.

The expected result of the project is the experimental testing of the solutions developed in the border area and the publication of the research results.

Preliminary estimate of the size of the project: EUR 2.5-3 million, with a planned duration of 36 months.

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