The Leibniz Research Alliance 'INFECTIONS’21', launched in June 2015, combines the expertise of 14 Leibniz institutes and a number of external partner organisations. The disciplines addressed at the institutions involved in the alliance range from biomedicine and ecology to socio-economics and political science. In four projects, the alliance partners use different scientific methodologies to explore interdisciplinary aspects of infection control. In this way, the researchers intend to develop strategies for early warning systems, improve outbreak management and control the spread of pathogens. There are also plans to enable public involvement.
In one of the projects explored by the alliance, we cooperate closely with the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW), the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) and the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) to determine the role played by water as a potential transmission path (vector) of selected pathogenic diseases that have so far received little attention (e.g. Closterium deciphile, MRSA bacteria and the influenza A virus). Within a joint project, we examine the presence of pathogens in different types of water bodies in and around Berlin and their potential modes of transmission.