Yaoundé, Cameroon, Central Africa

The Entomology Laboratory was established in 1999 as a satellite to IITA’s Biological Control Center for Africa in Benin. Initially it focused on insect biodiversity and worked in association with various research projects at IITA humid forest benchmark sites. The lab’s activities have expanded to cover research support on the management of mites and insects of several crops including cassava, plantains, fruits and vegetables.

The Entomology Lab spreads its research across different staple crop development areas. The lab also conducts pest and disease diagnostics, tracks their genetic diversity, and monitors the distribution of these pests and diseases.

The Entomology Lab plays an important role in studying climate change. It conducts research on how temperature affects insect life history, using this information to model and validate the distribution and abundance of several key pests and their natural enemies. This research is furthered by the monitoring and forecasting of climate change effects on the key pests of cassava, cabbage and plantain, and assessing the adaptation and plastic response of geographic populations of insects, such as the light bush brown butterfly, to climate change.

The lab has two insectaries.