Project  TRAFIC

Viral spillover : focus on the vertebrate community of Trois-Bassins

The objective of this project is to estimate the potential for host switching of bat-associated viruses, using the Reunion Free-tailed bat as a model.

We will focus on Coronaviridae, Paramyxoviridae, and Astroviridae, for which the presence of viral RNA has been repeatedly detected in this species. Through collaboration between partners specializing in various taxonomic groups of interest, this project will highlight virus exchanges between bats and other vertebrate species sharing the same habitat.

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Project duration : Jan 2023 - Dec 2023
Geographical area : Reunion Island
Funding : University of Reunion Island (BIOST federation)
Global budget : 15 k€
Amount for PIMIT : 8730 €
PIMIT coordinator : Camille LEBARBENCHON (PI)
Partners :
Cyclotron Océan Indien (CYROI), Nature Océan Indien (NOI), UMR Peuplements Végétaux et Bioagresseurs en Milieu Tropical (UMR PVBMT), Société d'Etudes Ornithologiques de la Réunion (SEOR)
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