Prof. Dr. Christian Borgemeister

Research topic
Food security, agriculture and health, entomology
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Professional experience

Christian Borgemeister is an entomologist, with a PhD from Leibniz University Hannover (LUH), Germany. He joined ZEF as Professor and Director of the Department of Ecology and Natural Resources Management in October 2013. Prior to that he was the Director General of icipe, the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, a pan-African R&D Centre headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya (from 2005-2013). Between 1998 and 2005 he served as a faculty member of Justus-Liebig University Giessen and LUH, and from 1992 to 1998 as a scientist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). His research focuses on biological control and integrated pest management (IPM) in the tropics for improved food security, and vector control of infectious diseases like malaria as part of a One Health approach. He has authored and co-authored > 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals, co-edited a book on the history of biological control in Africa, and contributed chapters to several scientific books. He is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, the Royal Entomological Society, the Entomological Society of America, and a member of several national and international academic organisations (more details refer to CV and publication list).


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Biber-Freudenberger, L., Ziemacki, J., Tonnang, HEZ and C. Borgemeister. 2016. Future risks of pest species under changing climatic conditions. PLoS ONE, 11 (4): 17. (Open Access) Further Information
Ekesi, S., De Meyer, M., Mohamed, S.A., Virgilio, M. and C. Borgemeister. 2016. Taxonomy, Ecology, and Management of Native and Exotic Fruit Fly Species in Africa. Annual Review of Entomology, 61: 219-238.


Affognon, H., Mutungi, C., Sanginga, P. & C. Borgemeister. 2015. Unpacking postharvest losses in sub-Saharan Africa: A meta-analysis. World Development, 66: 49-68.
Nyasembe V.O., X. Cheseto, F. Kaplan, W.A. Foster, P.E.A. Teal, J. Tumlinson, C. Borgemeister and B. Torto. 2015. The Invasive American Weed Parthenium hysterophorus Can Negatively Impact Malaria Control in Africa. PLoS ONE, 10 (9=: DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0137836. (Open Access) Review
Tomberlin, J.K., A. van Huis, M.E. Benbow, H. Jordan, D.A. Astuti, D. Azzollini, I. Banks, V. Bava, C. Borgemeister, J.A. Cammack, R.S. Chapkin, H. Čičková, T.L. Crippen, A. Day, M. Dicke • D.J.W. Drew , C. Emhart, M. Epstein, M. Finke, C.H. Fische. 2015. Protecting the environment through insect farming as a means to produce protein for. Protecting the environment through insect farming as a means to produce protein for, 1 (4): 307-309.


Masiga, D.K., Igweta, L., Saini, R., Ochieng’-Odero, J.P. & C. Borgemeister. 2014. Building Endogenous Capacity for the Management of Neglected Tropical Diseases in Africa: The Pioneering Role of ICIPE. PLoS NTD, 8 (5): e2687.
Nyasembe, V.O., Tchouassi, D.P., Kirwa, H.K., Foster, W.A.,, Teal, P.E.A., Borgemeister, C. & B. Torto. 2014. Development and Assessment of Plant-Based Synthetic Odor Baits for Surveillance and Control of Malaria Vectors. PLoS ONE, 9 (2).
Nyasembe, V.O., Teal, P.E.A., Sawa, P., Tumlinson, J.H., Borgemeister, C. & B. Torto. 2014. Plasmodium falciparum-infection Increases Anopheles gambiae s.s. Attraction To Nectar Sources and Sugar Uptake. Current Biology, 4 (2): 217–221. DOI:


Jaramillo J., Torto B., Mwenda D., Troeger A., Borgemeister C., Poehling, H.-M. & W. Francke. 2013. Coffee Berry Borer Joins Bark Beetles in Coffee Klatch. PLoS ONE, 8 (9).
Mwangangi J.M., Mbogo C.M., Orindi B.O., Muturi E.J., Midega J.T., Nzovu J., Gatakaa H., Githure J., Borgemeister C., Keating J. & J.C. Beier. 2013. Shifts in malaria vector species composition and transmission dynamics along the Kenyan coast over the past 20 years. Malaria Journal, 12:13.
Tchouassi, D.P., Sang, R., Sole, C.L., Bastos, A.D.S., Teal, P.E.A., Borgemeister, C. & B. Torto. 2013. Common Host-derived Chemicals Increase Catches of Disease-transmitting Mosquitoes and can improve early warning systems for Rift Valley Fever Virus. PLoS NTD, 7 (1).


Jaramillo, J., Setamou, M., Muchugu, E., Chabi-Olaye, A., Jaramillo, A., Mukabana, J., Maina, J., Gathara, S. & C. Borgemeister. 2012. Climate change or urbanization? Impacts on a traditional coffee production system in East Africa over the last 80 years. PLoS ONE, 8 (1).


Jaramillo, J., Muchugu, E., Vega, F., Davis, A., Borgemeister, C. & A. Chabi-Olaye. 2011. Some like it hot: the influence and implications of climate change on coffee berry borer (Hypothenemus hampei) and coffee production in East Africa. PLoS ONE, 6 (9).


Ferguson, H.M., Dornhaus, A., Beeche, A., Borgemeister, C., Gottlieb, M., Mulla, M.S., Gimnig, J.E., Fish, D., & G.F. Killeen. 2010. Ecology: A Prerequisite for Malaria Elimination and Eradication. PLoS Medicine, 7 (8).


Jaramillo, J., Chabi-Olaye, A., Kamonjo, Ch., Vega, F., Poehling, H.M. & C. Borgemeister. 2009. Thermal tolerance of the coffee berry borer Hypothenemus hampei: Predictions of climate change impact on a tropical insect pest. PLoS ONE, 4 (8).


Chabi-Olaye, A., Nolte, C., Schulthess, F. & C. Borgemeister. 2007. Short-term effects of cover crops on stem borers and maize yield in the humid forest of southern Cameroon. In: Bationo, A.,Waswa, B.,Kihara, J. & J. Kimetu (eds.): Advances in Integrated Soil Fertility Management in sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and Opportunities. Springer, Heidelberg, New York. 227-239.


Ebssa, L., Borgemeister, C. & H.-M. Poehling. 2006. Simultaneous Application of Entomopathogenic Nematodes and Predatory Mites to Control Western Flower Thrips Frankliniella occidentalis. Biological Control, 39: 66-74.
Jaramillo, J., Borgemeister, C. & P. Baker. 2006. Coffee berry borer Hypothenemus hampei (Ferrari) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae): Searching for sustainable control strategies (review paper). Bulletin of Entomological Research, 96: 223-233.


Hondelmann, P., Borgemeister, C. & H.-M. Poehling. 2005. Restriction fragment-length polymorphisms of different DNA regions as genetic markers in the hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus (Diptera: Syrphidae). Bulletin of Entomological Research, 95: 349-359.
Premachandra, D.W.T.S.D., Borgemeister, C., Maiss, E., Knierim, D. & H.-M. Poehling. 2005. Ceratothripoides claratris, a new vector of a Capsicum chlorosis virus isolate infecting tomatoes in Thailand. Phytopathology, 95: 659-663.


Borgemeister, C.. 2004. The larger grain borer Prostephanus truncatus (Horn) (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae), an exotic outbreak pest of stored maize and cassava in Africa. In: Capinera, J. (eds.): Encyclopedia of Entomology. Kluwer Academic Press . 512-515.
Schneider, H., Borgemeister, C., Sétamou, M., Affognon, H., Bell, A., Zweigert, M.E., Poehling, H.-M. & F. Schulthess. 2004. Biological control of the larger grain borer Prostephanus truncatus (Horn) (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae) by its predator Teretrius nigrescens (Lewis) (Coleoptera: Histeridae) in Togo and Benin. Biological Control, 30 (2): 241-255.


Neuenschwander, P., Borgemeister, C. & J. Langewald. 2003. Biological Control in IPM Systems in Africa. CAB International. Wallingford, UK.
Thoeming, G., Borgemeister, C., Sétamou, M. & H.-M. Poehling. 2003. Systemic Effects of Neem on Western Flower Thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae). Journal of Economic Entomology, 96: 817-825.


Borgemeister, C., Adda, C., Sétamou, M., Hell, K., Djomamou, B., Markham, R.H. & K.F. Cardwell. 1998. Timing of harvest in maize: Effects on post harvest losses due to insects and fungi in central Benin, with particular reference to Prostephanus truncatus (Horn) (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae). Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 69: 233-242.
Borgemeister, C., Tchabi, A. & D. Scholz. 1998. Trees or stores? The origin of migrating Prostephanus truncatus collected in different ecological habitats in southern Benin. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 87: 285-294.
Scholz, D., Borgemeister, C., Markham, R.H. & H.-M. Poehling. 1998. Physiological age-grading and ovarian physiology of Prostephanus truncatus. Physiological Entomology, 23: 81-90.


Borgemeister, C., Djossou, F., Adda, C., Schneider, H., Djomamou, B., Azoma, K. & R.H. Markham. 1997. Establishment, spread and impact of Teretriosoma nigrescens Lewis (Coleoptera: Histeridae), an exotic predator of the larger grain borer Prostephanus truncatus (Horn) (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae), in south-western Benin. Environmental Entomology, 26 (6): 1405-1415.


Höller, C., Borgemeister, C., Haardt. H. & W. Powell. 1993. The relationship between primary parasitoids and hyperparasitoids of cereal aphids: an analysis of field data. Journal of Animal Ecology, 62: 12-21.

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Christian Borgemeister

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