From the 16th January until the 30th April 2017, LACANET One Health Project’s researchers are back to the fields in Cambodia, for what is going to be the last field season of the land-use change study. With a view to ensure an effective follow-up of the 2016 wet season field study, the 2017 dry season field study will remain focused on the same four sites. On each site, rodents and small mammals will be captured, marked, sampled before being released, to study the ecology of the wildlife in relation to the levels of forest degradation, as well as the impact on zoonotic pathogens they carry. The LACANET One Health Project being also strongly committed to local capacity building, senior researchers will, once again, use this valuable opportunity to train a new batch of Cambodian students throughout the whole field season. With a total of nine sites studied, the first three seasons have already yielded fascinating results about the effect of environmental changes on infectious diseases and all LACANET One Health Project’s researchers are looking forward to concluding this field work to further analyse and disseminate the study results.
This key season’s field studies was made possible thanks the financial support of the European Union.