The aim of the ‘de Vos Vector Borne Diseases Fund’ is to gain knowledge about vector borne diseases through research at Wageningen University and Research.
The impact of your donation
Your donation enables the fund to give financial support to scientific research and education into the control of challenging vector borne diseases. Vectors consist of a diverse range of mammals and insects that can transmit a disease to other animals or humans. This financial support is of great importance as little knowledge on this subject is available.
Since 2015 five research projects have been supported covering various aspects of vector borne diseases. Examples are research on flying patterns of mosquitoes in order to develop more efficient mosquito traps and research on increasing the efficiency of anti-malaria measures by taking community-based actions.
Call for proposals
The submission of proposals for the May 2020 round is closed. The next call for proposals is in 2021, with the deadline being September 1st 2021. More information will follow.
Read more about the 2020 round below.
On June 1st 2020, a winner was chosen for the call for proposals from Fonds de Vos by the members of the curatorium; Mr. de Vos and Mrs. de Vos-Thijssen, Sander Koenraad, Fred de Boer and Mart de Jong.
The winning project “Risky nights? Real-time monitoring of mosquito activity in the Netherlands" was submitted by Rody Blom MSc. and Dr. Jeroen Spitzen, both working in the One Health Entomology Group, in the Laboratory of Entomology. The project aims to measure the activity of mosquitoes using the BG Counter. This can be placed on mosquito traps, separating mosquitoes from other insects and at the same time measuring environmental factors such as light, temperature and humidity. Doing this for a year can provide a good picture of the activity of mosquitoes through the seasons. The beauty of this project is that all data goes through the cloud and can provide input for platforms such as mosquito radar and other warning systems. The project is also supplementary to an existing project “One Health-PACT consortium” to which various universities are affiliated. The general public are also asked to report to the mosquito radar so that these data can also be included in the analyzes concerning the activity of mosquitoes. The project will initially take place around Wageningen, so that the traps can be visited daily, but may possibly extend to other parts of the Netherlands. Possibilities for this are being mapped out.
The grant of 15,000 euros is spent, among other things, on the purchase of the measuring instruments, which can also be used again in other projects.
- Dhr. C.M. (Clemens) de Vos
- Prof. dr. ir. M.C.M. (Mart) de Jong - Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology, Wageningen University
- Dr. C.J.M. (Sander) Koenraadt - Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University
- Dr. W.F. (Fred) de Boer - Resource Ecology Group, Wageningen University