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Journal of BCOMING's Field Mission in Guinea: Part 2

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Journal of BCOMING's Field Mission in Guinea: Part 1

Mission Overview: Our team embarked on the fourth field mission organized by CERFIG from November 10th to 29th, 2023, as part of the BCOMING project. The primary objectives were to investigate, capture, and sample rodents while continuing the ecological monitoring of bats in the Samyankhouré cave in Guinea's Kindia prefecture.

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Journey to Cambodia (3/3)

On the 13th of December (2023), MERFI organised a workshop where Alex Smajgl presented the draft ABM model and its interface. The presentation was followed by a discussion.

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Journey to Cambodia (2/3)

On the 12th of December (2023), Cherie presented the findings of her first year's research on optimising zoonotic virus surveillance in bats with mechanistic models. For this, she used data collected by Julien and his team over four years in collaboration with IPC. Recognising the potential transmission of various viruses from bats to humans, Cherie emphasised the importance of bat surveillance.

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Journey to Cambodia (1/3)

As part of the BCOMING project, I had the opportunity to visit Cambodia for the first time, a country that had always interested me with its unique blend of ancient history, sobering past, bustling city life, and vibrant street markets.

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Exploring the Bat Caves in Cambodia

Bats constitute a large proportion of Cambodia’s mammal fauna with 83 species currently confirmed in the kingdom (Furey et al. 2021, Csorba & Furey 2022, Furey unpubl. data). This figure will almost certainly increase with further research in the country’s under-studied border regions. Roughly half of the species presently known to occur in Cambodia comprise species that are frequently found in caves and other subterranean sites and because these bats spend at least half their lives inside caves, protection of such sites is essential for their conservation.
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Role of Community Engagement in One Health Initiatives

One Health is a holistic approach to health that recognizes the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental well-being. Community engagement is central to the success of One Health initiatives.

This blog post explores the pivotal role of community involvement in One Health initiatives, with a special emphasis on its socio-economic aspects and the potential impact on preventing and managing zoonotic diseases

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Exploring Guadeloupe: BCOMING's Latest Mission in Aquatic Diversity

Our team, consisting of Dr. Marine Combe, Dr. Claudia Bommarito and Prof. Rudy E. Gozlan from the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development in Montpellier (France), just returned from a mission in Guadeloupe for the BCOMING project, which took place between the 22nd and the 28th of October.

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Sampling Campaigns In Ivory Coast, Cambodia and Guadeloupe (Aquatic Part)

As part of the BCOMING project, a series of aquatic (freshwater) samplings were performed in Ivory Coast (May 2023), Cambodia (July 2023) and Guadeloupe (October 2023) to identify the patterns of biodiversity of the aquatic communities and their parasites in tropical areas along a gradient of urbanisation, with the aim of i) identifying drivers of disease emergence and ii) preventing disease risk. Our team consist of Dr. Marine Combe (CR, IRD), Dr. Claudia Bommarito (PostDoc, IRD), Prof. Rudy E. Gozlan (DR, IRD) and Ms. Chloé Lefebvre (Technician, IRD) from the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD) and the Institute of Evolutionary Sciences of Montpellier (ISEM), France. As responsible team of the aquatic sampling, it was exciting to finalize together the last details of the sampling, prepare and ship the material, and finally see the field campaigns taking place.

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The impact of biodiversity in our health

September is synonym of back-to-school time, so let’s refresh some #BCOMING key concepts!

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CELEBRATING BCOMING’S BIRTHDAY MONTH!

This September marks the 1st anniversary of BCOMING’s launch! To celebrate, let’s look back together and see how much we accomplished in a year. 

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The Power of Indigenous Wisdom: Combating Climate Change and Protecting Biodiversity

Climate change and biodiversity loss are urgent challenges. To find solutions, we can learn from indigenous peoples who have lived in harmony with nature for generations.

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The impact of trematodes on human and animal health in the world

Did you know? Food-borne trematodoses are zoonoses that can cause more than two million years of lost or disabled life worldwide each year.

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