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Institute of Parasitology

Relationships between functional diversity and food production and quality under ecological intensification

Funkčná biodiverzita, výroba potravín, ekologické poľnohospodárstvo a vzťahy medzi nimi.

Duration: 1.4.2020 - 31.3.2024
Program: ERANET
Project leader: Ing. Čerevková Andrea PhD.
Annotation:Agricultural intensification contributes to global food security and health by supplying the food demand of a growing human population, but also causes environmental problems. Ecological intensification has been proposed as viable alternative to achieve a balance between negative environmental issues, such as the ongoing loss of biodiversity, and sufficiently high and qualitative food production. The functional diversity of biotic communities is an understudied dimension of biodiversity which may be particularly relevant for the links between ecological intensification, biodiversity, pollination, pest control and human food and livestock fodder production. Previous studies addressed the effects of ecological intensification on the functional diversity of single taxonomic groups in individual countries without considering links between functional diversity and plant, animal or human health across different landscapes and climatic regions. FunProd will undertake the joint synthesis of existing databases on these aspects in organic agriculture and permanent grasslands in Europe to provide a significant contribution to the evidence base for such links across different climatic regions and a range of landscapes. Closing this knowledge gap will contribute to the development of nature-based agricultural systems that provide simultaneously high levels of plant protection and health, together with sufficient productivity and quality to support the global human population, all while reducing environmental impact of agriculture. To this end, FunProd will address the following specific questions: • Does ecological intensification enhance the functional diversity of biotic communities across taxonomic groups compared to conventional intensification and does the effect depend on climatic conditions, landscape structure and/or agricultural system? • Does the effect of ecological intensification on the functional diversity of local communities explain the observed effect of ecological intensification on crop protection, pollination and health? Can a high functional diversity reduce the yield gap between agricultural production systems that focus on ecological and conventional intensification in Europe, and thereby contribute to future food security and quality?


Jednotné nové lieky proti parazitickým ochoreniam prenášaných vektormi v Európe a iných územiach

Duration: 24.10.2022 - 24.10.2026
Program: COST
Project leader: RNDr. Hrčková Gabriela DrSc.

One Health concept & water-borne parasitic diseases in Central Europe: next-generation monitoring

One Health koncept a ľudské parazitózy viazané na vodné prostredie v strednej Európe: monitorovanie pomocou sekvenovania novej generácie

Duration: 1.7.2022 - 30.6.2025
Program: Bilateral - other
Project leader: RNDr. Oros Mikuláš PhD.
Annotation:The proposed project in the framework of the development of international science and innovation between the two Central European countries focuses on cooperation in the application of the One Health concept, i.e. focusing on the triad of humans, animals and the environment. The main objective is to address the neglected problem of the current occurrence of water-borne zoonoses and their potential risk to human health. The bird schistosomes causing cercarial dermatitis (swimmer’s itch), fish-borne trematodes responsible for metagonimosis and opisthorchosis, and the broad fish tapeworm causing diphyllobothriosis were selected for their importance and confirmed occurrence in Central Europe. The originality and innovativeness of the proposed project lies in its integrative research strategy based on a combination of traditional invasive parasitological methods and modern non-invasive eDNA metabarcoding as a powerful tool for large-scale screening of human parasites. The proposed project represents a continuation of the previous fruitful collaboration between both teams, but at a qualitatively higher level and with a shift from veterinary to medical parasitology.

Synantropic small mammals as a reservoir for zoonotic species Capillaria hepatica (Nematoda: Capillariidae)

Synantrópne drobné cicavce ako rezervoár zoonózneho druhu Capillaria hepatica (Nematoda: Capillariidae)

Duration: 1.1.2022 - 31.12.2023
Program: Bilateral - other
Project leader: MVDr. Miterpáková Martina DrSc.

The total number of projects: 4