Use of Stable Isotopes to Trace Bird Migrations and Molecular Nuclear Techniques to Investigate the Epidemiology and Ecology of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (Phase II)


The objective of this project will be to evaluate the origin of wild bird that carry avian influenza (AI) and other potentially dangerous pathogens at their stopover places and match the obtained results with the knowledge obtained through conventional migration monitoring approaches. Stable isotopes (SI) are promising huge potential when the origin (migration) of individual wild birds is required, because the probability of capturing labelled bird with specific characteristics (disease carrier) using conventional methods is negligible. Knowledge and experience obtained through the previous project (D32030) will be of great value for the success of this project.