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The aim is to assess the effect of climate change and changes in land use and biodiversity on the occurrence of zoonotic pathogens in rodents. This will be done through field experiments comparing prevalence, pathogen load and pathogen diversity between animals from low and high biodiversity habitats.

The common goal of JKI-GF and the DFG Exploratories is to gain knowledge about the effect of the most important influencing factors (land use, biodiversity) on rodent population sizes, which in combination with climate change can have an impact on rodent-borne pathogens. This will provide insights into a key factor for human infection risk with e.g. Hanta and cowpox viruses.


Cooperations are projects financed by the cooperation partners' own funds and thus financially independent of the DFG-funded infrastructure priority program "Biodiversity Exploratories (BE)". They complement the BE with further interesting research content on biodiversity research and in return benefit from the infrastructure of the Biodiversity Exploratories.

Scientific assistants

Dr. Christian Imholt
Project manager
Dr. Christian Imholt
Julius Kühn-Institut - Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen
PD Dr. Rainer Ulrich
Project manager
PD Dr. Rainer Ulrich
Dr. Jens Jacob
Project manager
Dr. Jens Jacob
Julius Kühn-Institut - Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen
Kathrin Jeske
Employee
Kathrin Jeske
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