Predicting future pandemics
The monitoring of bats can help to reveal the origins of pathogens
Humans have encroached on wildlife in many areas of the world. This can result in pathogens crossing the species barrier and jumping from animals to humans. Bats are often immediately determined culprits, but most often they are not. They only interact with disease hosts, like humans do.
Researchers will study the movement of bats in Africa to learn where they encounter disease hosts. This will help them to find the primary hosts and prevent further pandemics.
Locations: Zambia, Ghana, Ruanda
Contact: Dina Dechmann, MPI of Animal Behavior, Konstanz/Germany