AIMSurv 2020 combines conventional field surveillance and the use of the open access Citizen Science App Mosquito Alert. The conventional surveys use oviposition traps to count the eggs laid by Aedes females and adult traps, such as BG-Sentinel traps, to collect mosquito adults. Weekly samples will be implemented by each participant team in a minimum of three sites until the end of the mosquito season. The participants are also using the tool VECMAP® (Avia-GIS) that allows to collect and upload collective data directly from the field and further analysis by using modelling.
The Mosquito Alert App, allows citizen to personally contribute to the monitoring effort, by using their Mobile phone to report the presence of an AIM by sending a photo to a team of more than 50 expert entomologists for identification. It can also be used to report possible breeding sites, as well as simple biting activity.
Mosquito Alert has received more than 19,000 photos of mosquitoes since 2015. In Spain, where it has been implemented so far, the App has allowed experts to monitor the expansion of the tiger mosquito, and to discover new invasive species. The first evidence of Aedes japonicus in Spain was from a photo reported to Mosquito Alert. In five years, the initiative has managed to scientifically prove that citizen collaboration is useful and reliable for studying invasive mosquitoes and is an effective partnership for administrations and managers.
The App has now been updated to be exploited at a pan-European level and is being translated into the languages of the countries that are part of the AIM Cost Action, so that citizen from any European and neighbouring country can report observations of all four invasive Aedes species included in AIMSurv. Mosquito Alert can be downloaded from Google Play and other App stores.
Check out Mosquito Alert "in the news". A compilation of articles from around Europe in Spanish, Italian, Turkish and other languages.
AIMSurv is coordinated by Dr. Miguel A. Miranda (University Balearic Islands, Spain), Dr. Dusan Petrić (Faculty of Agriculture Novi Sad, Serbia) and Dr. Francis Schaffner (FSConsultancy, Switzerland). The Mosquito Alert App surveillance is coordinated by Dr. Frederic uBartumeus (Centre for Advanced Studies of Blanes, Spain). AIM-COST is coordinated by Alessandra della Torre (Sapienza University, Rome, Italy)
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