Project groups


This project group is studying the effects of climate on ticks and tick-borne pathogens on a local scale in the city of Frankfurt and the greater Rhein-Main area. The research will yield valuable baseline data on tick population parameters that are needed for subsequent analyses of the environmental factors determining tick abundance. Additional research projects on medically relevant arthropods in the Rhein-Main area include studies about the diversity and abundance of the local mosquitoes as well as on the relationship between climate and the population dynamics of muscid flies, an important group of urban pests.


Bingsohn, L., Beckert, A., Zehner, R., Kuch, U., Oehme, R., K Kraiczy, P. & J. Amendt (2013) : Prevalences of tick-borne encephalitis virus and Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato in Ixodes ricinus populations of the Rhine-Main region, Germany. - Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases 4: 207-213.

Castoe, T. A., Daza, J. M., Smith, E. N., Sasa, M., Kuch, U., Campbell, J. A., Chippindale, P. T. & C. L. Parkinson (2009) : Comparative phylogeography of pitvipers suggests a consensus of ancient Middle American highland biogeography. - Journal of Biogeography 36 (1), 88–103.

Grosskinsky, S., Schott, M., Brenner, C., Cutler, S.J., Kraiczy, P., Zipfel, P.F., Simon, M.M. & R. Wallich (2009) : Borrelia recurrentis employs a novel multifunctional surface protein with anticomplement, anti-opsonic and invasive potential to escape innate immunity. - PLoS ONE 4: e4858.

Harris, J. B., Faiz, M. A., Rahman, M. R., Jalil, M. A., Ahsan, M. F., Theakston, R. D. G., Warrell, D. A. & U. Kuch (2010) : Snake bite in Chittagong Division, Bangladesh: a study of bitten patients who developed no signs of systemic envenoming. - Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 104(5): 320-327.  

Islam, Q.T., Razzak, M.A., Islam, M.A., Bari, M.I., Basher, A., Chowdhury, F.R., Sayeduzzaman, A.B.M., Ahasan, H.A.M.N., Faiz, M.A., Arakawa, O., Yotsu-Yamashita, M., Kuch, U. & D. Mebs (2011) : Puffer fish poisoning in Bangladesh: clinical and toxicological results from large outbreaks in 2008. - Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 105(2): 74–80.

Mebs, D. : Biologische Vielfalt und Diversität von Naturstoffen. - Naturwissenschaftliche Rundschau 63(8): 397-402.
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Theophilus, E., Captain, A., Tillack, F. & U. Kuch (2008) : Reptilia, Elapidae, Bungarus niger: Distribution extension and first record for the state of Uttarakhand, India, with notes on snakebites in the Gori River valley. - CheckList: 4: 404–409.