Conferences

Great feedback at AMCA in Kansas City

There were a few boxes to unpack for the Biogents stand at the AMCA fair.

The 84th AMCA Annual Meeting (February/March 2018) in Kansas City saw no less than six presentations on REMOSIS devices – four on the BG-Counter and two more on the species-ID capabilities. The technology was also showcased on the Biogents stand at the fair that accompanied the conference.

In the scientific program, users from four American mosquito control districts show-cased their experiences with the BG-Counter: Mark Kartzinel presented a talk entiteled “Real-time district-wide mosquito surveillance with the Biogents BG-Counter” (Kartzinel & Cliftin, AMCA 2018: Abstracts, p. 39). The authors work for the Collier County Mosquito  Control District in Florida. Mario Boisvert gave an oral presentation entiteled “BG-Counter: a very efficient multi-task tool” (Boisvert, Hartle, Sorensen & Buettner, AMCA 2018: Abstracts, p. 45). Mario Boisvert and his colleagues work for the Placer County Mosquito & Vector Control District in California. Barbara Bayer shared  the Manatee County Mosquito Control District’s  “Field observations from a BG-Counter used with a CDC light trap in Manatee County” (Bayer & Latham, AMCA 2018: Abstracts, p.45). Ary Faraji presented “New Technologies and Operational Research at the Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District”, including the BG-Counter (Faraji, White, Dewsnup & Sorensen, AMCA 2018 2018: Abstracts, p.40).

Confusion matrix showing the highly accurate distinction between six mosquito species the REMOSIS device is capable of.

Biogents presented findings that the REMOSIS technology is able to distinguish between malaria mosquitoes that had could so far only be distinguished using genetic test (Anopheles gambiae s.s. and Anopheles arabiensis). Both species are important malaria vectors, but with marked differences in ecology and behaviour. To be able to distinguish them quickly and in the field was considered an important tool for research and control. (Rose et al.: Distinguishing populations of living Anopheles gambiae s.s. and Anopheles arabiensis using a non-invasive opto-acoustic analysis of wing beat patterns. AMCA 2018: Abstracts, p.61-62).

We also showed results from investigations that were performed together with research partners from two mosquito control districts. These studies included the automatic distinction between species that were simultaneously present (Culex tarsalis, Culex pipiens and Anopheles freeborni). Due to their different biology and vector potentials, it is important to identify these species to be able to control them most effectively. We also demonstrated the automatic identification of the sexes of both the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, and the yellow fever or dengue mosquito, Aedes aegypti. This can be especially helpful in research and control programs that are using the release of sterile male mosquitoes (Sterile Insect Technique, SIT) and sililar approaches. (Weber et al.: Laboratory and field results from an enhanced BG-Sentinel with a mosquito wingbeat analyser. AMCA 2018: Abstracts, p.44)

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Some days in Bangkok

Biogents attended the JITMM 2017 in Bangkok

Dengue and tropical diseases transmitted by mosquitoes are quite widespread in Asia. The Joint International Tropical Medicine Meeting 2017, which took place in Bangkok, Thailand, was therefore met with a large interest in the reagion. Since vector surveillance and control was one focus, Biogents attendend the conference, both giving oral presentations, and with a stand with Biogents’ local distribution partner.

The Biogents stand at the JITMM 2017 prominently featured the BG-Counter.

The BG-Counter and the progress of the REMOSIS project were presented in a talk given by Jennifer MacCaw from Biogents, entiteled “Making Automatic Mosquito Monitoring Smarter: Counting and Identifying Mosquito Species Using the New BG-Counter.” The interest for the device and its potential was met with great interest on the fair that accoumpanbied the conference.

 


International ecoSummit 2016, Montpellier

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The 5th International EcoSummit 2016 in Montpellier, France, had the topic “Ecological Sustainability: Engineering Change” and welcomed some 1.500 guests from about 75 countries. Topics centered on the ecology of terrestrial ecosystems and all habitats that are integrated within those ecosystems, including river networks, wetlands and coastlines. The focus was placed on fragile ecosystems that are more likely to suffer the consequences of climate change and anthropogenic pressure. Some of the key topics were biological invasions and ecological modeling, where REMOSIS aims to add valuable new technologies for a better and more efficient data acquisition. Ilyas Potamitis of the TEIC also represented the REMOSIS project and presented a communication entitled “Insect surveillance at a global scale and the Internet of Things”.


Irideon introduces REMOSIS project at major innovation events in Barcelona

 


bisbarcelona-2016BIZBARCELONA is a major platform in support of entrepreneurs and innovative SMEs in searching business opportunities, advice, finance, inspiration and support. It is the benchmark event for galvanising the business sector and entrepreneurial activity in the city and in Catalonia.

bisbarcelona-2016-audienceThis year, the event took plave on June 1st and 2nd and was noted for a more professional visitor profile, as over half the attendees are entrepreneurs or self-employed professionals. The remaining percentage was made up of entrepreneurial people with business ideas or recent start-ups, including a growing number of people interested in social economy initiatives.

Irideon participated in the internationalization and e-solutions panels. Irideon also attended the networking event in face-to-face activities to strengthen interaction, generate sales contacts and take advantage of synergies.