Finding new ways for conservation

Through innovative ideas and hollistic approaches we are working towards a model in which conservation becomes an integrated part of mosquito borne disease control.

Cat Drop Foundation

Cat Drop is a growing non-profit research institute that develops new ideas and strategies towards conservation by linking ecological science with problems human kind is facing every day. By creating bridges between conservation and issues that affect our day to day lives we aim to increase support and prioritization for the preservation of the natural world we live in.

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Mosquito borne diseases are a serious problem in many regions of the world. Using a hollistic environmental system view point towards mosquito ecology, helps us to find new ways to approach mosquito control that simultaniously protect our natural resources.

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Our natural resources are valuable, but conservation is often considered low priority. By integrating conservation into the management of high priority problems, such as mosquito borne diseases, conservation can become important again.

Elephant mosquito emerging from its pupal stage

Aquatic predators of mosquito larvae in Kamphaeng Phet Thailand

Aquatic mosquito predators play a vital role in the natural control of mosquito populations. Therefore, we investigated the predation rates, prey preference, and other feeding characteristics of aquatic mosquito predators that occur within our region of activity, Kamphaeng Phet, Thailand. First we sampled aquatic habitats to find out which aquatic predators are common. Subsequently, we conducted a series of experiments to find out these before mentioned feeding characteristics of those common species. Afterwards the data from these experiments were combined into a single dataset that we will present here…. more

Urbanization and deforestation are strongly related to mosquito borne disease such as dengue fever and malaria. Landscapes have an enormous effect on the abundance and prevalence of mosquitoes and their predators. To better understand the linkage between mosquito borne disease and urbanization and deforestation it is important to understand the effect om the ecological systems in which mosquitoes and predators are embedded.