Reaching a consensus on Culicoides taxonomic identification in India.

Lead Research Organisation: The Pirbright Institute
Department Name: Administration Office



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Description Expertise on identification of Culicoides biting midges in India is important in predicting the seasonality and range of bluetongue virus. Expertise in India is restricted to certain veterinary personnel and a number of zoological research centres and the community is extremely fragmented.
Exploitation Route We have arranged to run a yearly update meeting via funding in India as part of their BTV network of laboratories. This will ensure integration of entomology with the primary source of virological data and build capacity in this area.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Environment

Description Our meeting recruited over 50 Indian workers interested in Culicoides taxonomy. We carried out a survey within the course of the meeting to assess both barriers to further studies and also current expertise which are recorded in the documents section of the website 2018 meeting included workers originally identified through this project who contributed to taxonomy meeting in Bangladesh as part of Gnatwork project.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Environment
Impact Types Policy & public services

Description India Strategy Meeting
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Meeting In India during 2014 with key policy makers to inform use of GIS in India to map BTV.
Description GCRF Networks in Vector Ecology
Amount £1,035,634 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/R005362/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2017 
End 06/2020