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Plant protection: spotting the Japanese beetle's arrival in France as early as possible
20/06/2022
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Plant protection: spotting the Japanese beetle's arrival in France as early as possible

The Japanese beetle has already been in Italy and Switzerland for several years, and there is a high probability that it will enter France. This insect pest poses a threat to hundreds of plant species. To have any chance of eradicating it from our country, action must be taken as soon as the insect is first detected.
Colistin combined with nanoparticles: a smaller amount of antibiotic for the same level of efficacy
03/06/2022
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Colistin combined with nanoparticles: a smaller amount of antibiotic for the same level of efficacy

Scientists from ANSES's Ploufragan-Plouzané-Niort Laboratory took part in a study on the efficacy of colistin-loaded alginate nanoparticles used to treat diarrhoea in piglets. Undertaken in collaboration with teams from University of Lille (BioEcoAgro Cross-Border Joint Research Unit) and CNRS (Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics & Nanotechnology), this study showed that this new formulation, which requires less colistin than conventional treatment, has equal or even greater efficacy.
Aiming for weather maps of ticks in metropolitan France
01/06/2022
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Aiming for weather maps of ticks in metropolitan France

As part of the national plan to combat Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases, INRAE and VetAgro Sup, as well as CIRAD, ANSES and the company Boehringer Ingelheim, analysed the risks associated with the tick Ixodes ricinus , the main pathogen vector in France and Europe. The research team used data collected in seven observatories characterised by various climates in metropolitan France; it also referred to meteorological and environmental (vegetation, soil, etc.) data. This was supplemented by additional field observation campaigns. The results, published in Geospatial Health and Scientific Reports, led to the development of a map indicating those areas most favourable to the presence and activity of Ixodes ricinus ticks, on the one hand, and a model for predicting the periods of greatest risk depending on the season and weather in metropolitan France, on the other.
Tracing the source of infections by the bacterium responsible for bovine tuberculosis
23/05/2022
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Tracing the source of infections by the bacterium responsible for bovine tuberculosis

Cases of bovine tuberculosis are rare in France, but infected cattle herds are still regularly reported. In order to determine the exact role of wildlife, especially badgers, in transmission, scientists from the Laboratory for Animal Health have been reconstructing the evolution of the bacterium that causes the disease.
Equine health at the heart of a new joint technology unit
16/05/2022
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Equine health at the heart of a new joint technology unit

The French Horse and Riding Institute (IFCE) and ANSES have set up a joint technology unit (UMT) to strengthen their shared research on horse health. Its work will focus on three main areas: an equine census and monitoring of mortality, several risks associated with parasites and pathogens in the horse environment, and infectious diseases affecting reproduction.
TIQUoJARDIN is looking for volunteers to collect ticks from the gardens around Nancy
28/04/2022
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TIQUoJARDIN is looking for volunteers to collect ticks from the gardens around Nancy

When they bite, ticks can transmit pathogens such as the bacterium responsible for Lyme disease. Although this risk is usually associated with forests, many bites also occur in gardens. The TIQUoJARDIN project is seeking to better understand the associated risks, and to do this it relies on the participation of as many people as possible. After a first campaign in 2021, the scientific team is once again calling on the inhabitants of Nancy and its surroundings to collect ticks in their gardens from 1 May to 10 July 2022.
Understanding the increase in damage caused by a fungus in the Landes forest
21/03/2022
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Understanding the increase in damage caused by a fungus in the Landes forest

For the past three years, Cronartium pini , a fungus responsible for pine blister rust, has been causing increasing damage to maritime pines in the Landes forest. Work by the Plant Health Laboratory's Mycology Unit has shown that the nearby establishment of peony fields was not responsible, although it had increased its transmission and aggravated the extent of the damage it had caused.
What effect do herbicide-tolerant varieties have on plant biodiversity?
18/03/2022
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What effect do herbicide-tolerant varieties have on plant biodiversity?

The cultivation of herbicide-tolerant varieties (HTVs) of crops raises concerns for plant biodiversity. In a study conducted with INRAE and the regional chambers of agriculture, ANSES measured the impact of their use on plant diversity in and around fields.
CiTIQUE programme wins an award for participatory research
04/03/2022
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CiTIQUE programme wins an award for participatory research

The CiTIQUE programme, in which ANSES is involved, has just won the first edition of INRAE’s Participatory Research Award, in the Crowdsourcing category. This award recognises citizens' participation in data collection. CiTIQUE is seeking to improve knowledge of biting ticks and the pathogens they can transmit.

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