Gamal Eldean Aboubaker Idriss

Gamal Idriss

Research project: Tuta absoluta: Bio-ecological factors governing its invasion and spread in North and sub-Saharan Africa 

Gamal Eldean is an ARPPIS PhD Fellow supervised by Drs. Samira Mohamed, Sunday Ekesi and Fathiya Khamis (icipe) and Prof. Hannalene du Plessis (North –West University, South Africa).

Gamal Eldean research interest is focus on crop protection include the use of botanical insecticides against vegetable insect pests, resistant varieties and is currently researching Tuta absoluta: Bio-ecological factors governing its invasion and spread in North and sub-Saharan Africa and which aims to study the abundance, population dynamics, the host range and the damage level of this invasive pest. In addition, study the characterization of the composition of the indigenous natural enemies that may have formed new association with the invasive pest, and their possible impact as biological control agents against this pest. Being an alien invasive species, it represents an ideal target for classical biological control, and with the framework the bigger Tuta IPM project, a co-evolved natural enemy will introduced from the pest aboriginal home of Peru. This study will also investigate the interactions between the indigenous and introduced natural enemies. Molecular techniques will be used to study the genetic diversity of the pest within its native and invaded range.

Gamal Eldean completed his undergraduate studies in Agricultural Sciences at University of Gezira, Sudan, and obtained an MSc in Agriculture, Plant Protection from Sudan Academy of Sciences, Sudan. He is currently registered for a PhD at North –West University, South Africa, and is supported by a scholarship from DAAD.

Gamal Eldean is a member of the icipe Scholars Association committee.