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National projects

A 250 year history of human impacts on a landscape of the Banská Štiavnica mining territory: a palaeolimnological reconstruction using biotic and abiotic indicators from lake sediments
Antropické zmeny prostredia v banskoštiavnickej banskej oblasti počas posledných 250 rokov: paleolimnologická rekonštrukcia s využitím biologických a abiotických indikátorov zo sedimentov vodných nádrží
Program: VEGA
Project leader: RNDr. Šporka Ferdinand DrSc.
Duration: 1.1.2015 - 31.12.2017

FLYFREEFARM - Pesticide-free control of the house fly and stable fly populations on livestock farms in Slovakia
Bezpesticídová kontrola populácií muchy domácej a bodavky stajňovej v chovoch hospodárskych zvierat na Slovensku
Program: APVV
Project leader: RNDr. Kozánek Milan CSc.
Duration: 1.7.2015 - 30.6.2018

Small mammals as a potential source of zoonotic bacteria and resistance to antibiotics
Drobné cicavce ako potenciálny zdroj zoonotických bakterií a rezistencie na antibiotiká
Program: APVV
Project leader: MVDr. Derdáková Markéta PhD.
Duration: 1.7.2015 - 30.6.2019

The role of neuropeptides and receptors in regulation of pathogen transfer from ticks to their hosts
Funkcia neuropeptidov a ich receptorov pri regulácii prenosu patogénov z kliešťov na hostiteľa
Program: APVV
Project leader: RNDr. Žitňan Dušan DrSc.
Annotation:Ticks are very important vectors of dangerous pathogens, but regulatory mechanisms required for their successful transmission into the host are poorly understood. Likewise, physiological processes controlling function of the salivary glands, gut and gonads during their life cycle have not been elucidated. Our published and preliminary data indicate that several specific peptidergic neurons innervate these organs which are the most important reservoirs of pathogens. Our unpublished experiments suggest that identified neurons control activity of these organs and associated transmission of pathogens during tick feeding on the host. In this project we will use a combination of techniques (immunohistochemistry, molecular biology and bioinformatics) to identify regulatory molecules (neuropeptide and their receptors) and neuronal pathways important for normal function of the salivary glands, digestive system and reproductive organs of the ticks Ixodes ricinus and I. scapularis. We also propose to study the role of specific neuropeptides and their receptors in transmission of pathogens (Rickettsia helvetica and Borrelia burgdorferi) from these tick organs into laboratory mice using RNAi techniques. Expected results may provide tools for effective suppression of pathogen transmission and development of procedures to inhibit reproductive capability of ticks as dangerous ectoparasites of humans and animals.
Duration: 1.7.2015 - 30.6.2019

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Hmyz ako alternatívny zdroj bielkovín
Program: VEGA
Project leader: RNDr. Kozánek Milan CSc.
Duration: 1.1.2015 - 31.12.2017

Short- and medium-termed fluctuations of climatic factors as regulator of succession of Carabid taxocoenoses (Coleoptera, Carabidae) in differently disturbed mountain forest ecosystems
Krátkodobé a strednodobé výkyvy klimatických faktorov ako regulátor sukcesie taxocenóz bystruškovitých (Coleoptera, Carabidae) v rôzne narušených horských lesných ekosystémoch
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Ing. Šustek Zbyšek CSc.
Duration: 1.1.2014 - 31.12.2017

Neuropeptides regulating innervation of the genital organs and sexual behavior of tsetse flies
Neuropeptidy regulujúce inerváciu pohlavných orgánov a sexuálne správanie bodaviek tsetse
Program: VEGA
Project leader: RNDr. Takáč Peter CSc.
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2019

Arboricolous mites (Acari: Mesostigmata) associated with wood-destroying insects and fungi in Slovakia, with consideration on taxonomy, ecology and chorology of individual species.
Taxonómia, ekológia a chorológia arborikolných roztočov (Acari: Mesostigmata) žijúcich vo vzťahu s drevokazným hmyzom a hubami v podmienkach Slovenska.
Program: VEGA
Project leader: RNDr. Mašán Peter PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2014 - 31.12.2017

The influence of landscape and regulations on the freshwater benthic macroinvertebrates communities
Vplyv krajiny a regulácií na spoločenstvá bentosu tečúcich vôd
Program: VEGA
Project leader: RNDr. Šporka Ferdinand DrSc.
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2019

Influence of nest type, nesting habitat, antimicrobial substances and behavioral mechanisms on bacterial assemblages living on egg surface in selected bird species
Vplyv typu hniezda, hniezdneho prostredia a antimikrobiálnych látkových a behaviorálnych mechanizmov na bakteriálne spoločenstvá povrchu vajec vybraných druhov vtákov.
Program: VEGA
Project leader: RNDr. Darolová Alžbeta CSc.
Duration: 1.1.2015 - 31.12.2018

tsetse SIT - Reduction of fecundity and trypanosomiasis control of tsetse flies by the application of sterile insect techniques and molecular methods
Zníženie plodnosti a kontrola trypanozomiáz bodaviek tsetse aplikáciou metód sterility a molekulárnych metód.
Program: APVV
Project leader: RNDr. Takáč Peter CSc.
Duration: 1.7.2016 - 30.6.2019

Projects total: 11