Improved application strategies for entomopathogenic fungi (EPF) as biological control agents in integrated pest management (IPM)


integrated pest management, entopathogenic fungi, species distribution modelling, climate change




The project is a collaboration between icipe in Nairobi and ZEF. It is part of the Volkswagen Foundation´s Postoc Fellowship-Program for African Researchers “Resources, their Dynamics, and Sustainability – Capacity Development in Comparative and Integrated Approaches”.
The overall aims of the project are  
i) developing temperature dependent models for the virulence of EPF isolates,
ii) linking virulence models to regional and continental climate data for spatial mapping of the potential zones of efficacy for pests control under current and future climatic conditions, and
iii) measuring the dispersal for optimized application within the context of IPM.


ICIPE has identified potent EPF isolates for insect pest management that have no adverse effects on parasitoids and predators. The project will make use of this information and conduct additional experiments for innovative modelling approaches to predict the potential ecological fitness with the aim of optimizing field application for efficient use against agricultural pests. 

Main Cooperation Partners

CIMMYT Nairobi

Main Funding Partners

Volkswagen Foundation

Duration of the Project

2014 - 10/2018


At icipe:

  • Dr. Henri Tonnang
  • Dr. Sunday Ekesi

At University of Bremen

  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoffmeister


  • Prof. Dr. Christian Borgemeister
  • Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger


Lisa Biber-Freudenberger

Jun.-Prof. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger


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