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TIBODI: Ticks and tick-Borne Diseases

Characterising the genetics and the ecology of ticks and tick-borne pathogens in agro-ecosystems for animal and public health

TIBODI: Ticks and tick-Borne Diseases
Our work consists in studying the interactions between the different actors involved in tick-borne diseases and to study their genetic variability. Our ultimate goal is to propose new control methods to prevent vector-borne diseases.

Context and issues

  • Major role of ticks in animal but also human health as most tick-borne diseases – the main vector borne diseases in our latitudes – are zoonotic.
  • Epidemiology of tick-borne diseases is influenced by agriculture through :
    • Its action on spatial organization of the different biotopes within agro-ecosystems.
    • The involvement of livestock as hosts for tick feeding and potential reservoir for pathogenic agents.


  • Characterize the genome and the genetic variability of ticks and the microorganisms they carry to :
    • understand their evolution,
    • estimate their dispersal,
    • evaluate their host specificity,
    • study the genes involved in life history traits influencing the epidemiology of thoses diseases,
    • identify potential target for the development of new control methods (acaracides, antiprotozoal, vaccines, antisymbiotic drugs…).
  • Understand the eco-epidemiology of tick borne diseases through a better knowledge of the ecology of ticks (population dynamics, ecological preferences…), their hosts and the microorganisms they carry.

Target species

  • Ticks (Ixodes ricinus principally, Dermacentor spp., Haemaphysalis spp.)
  • Protozoa (Babesia et Theileria)
  • Bacteria (Anaplasma spp. and the symbiont Midichloria mitochondrii)
  • Vertebrates used by ticks as hosts (domestic animals and wildlife)

Applied fields

  • Zoonotic diseases
  • Tick borne diseases
  • Host-parasite interactions

Expertise and skills

  • Parasitoloy
  • Evolutionary Biology (population genetics, phylogeography, phylogeny…)
  • Taxonomy (Ixodida, Apicomplexa)
  • Ecology
  • Genomics
  • Epidemiology
  • Biology-Modelisation interface

Ongoing Projects

We are an important actor in the French research community working on ticks and tick-borne diseases (TBDs).