Bernard Steve Soh Baleba (Cameroon)

Bernard Steve Soh Baleba

Research project: Olfactory preferences of gravid female stable flies (Stomoxys calcitrans) in arid and semi-arid areas where camels are dominant livestock

Mr. Bernard Steve Soh Baleba is a young PhD research fellow enroled under the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Science (ARPPIS), 2016.

Steve  obtained his Bachelor degree in Animal Biology and  defended his Master’s thesis degree in Entomology both  at the University of Yaoundé I (Cameroon) in 2012 and 2015 respectively.

During his master, he conducted research activities at IITA (International Institute of Tropical  Agriculture) Cameroon station on the topic: “Phénologie de Brevicoryne brassicae Linnaeus, 1758 (Hemiptera: Aphididae) sous un régime de six températures”. After his successful defense in July 2015, he obtained a consultancy position  at IITA  with objectives to assess a temperature-based phenology model the predict the development, survival and reproduction Lypahis pseudobrassicae, and to maintain aphids and diamond back moth (Plutella xylostella) colonies for their respective parasitoids rearing. In May 2016, he  moved at IITA biomolecular laboratory where he experienced during a period of five months several laboratory technics (reagent preparations, PCR, electrophoresis...) through DNA extraction of Banana Bunchy Top Virus (BBTV) and endosymbiosys of plantain leaves and aphid (Pentalonia negrinervosa) respectively. He participated in various seminars and wokshops on differend domain (data analysis, biodiversity conservation methods, project management...). He is co-author of one paper and author of two manuscripts currently prepared. Steve is an active member of “Plant protection team’’ of University of Yaounde I Zoology laboratory.