Hilaire Kpongbe

Hilaire Kpongbe

Research project: Comprehensive pheromone and population genetics analyses of the brown spiny bugs Clavigralla species group in Africa

Hilaire is an ARPPIS PhD Scholar supervised by Prof. Baldwyn Torto (icipe) and Prof Johnnie Van Den Berg (North-West University of South Africa). Hilaire’s research interests include sustainable management of biotic stresses to reduce the use of chemical pesticides. His PhD research is on the nature of aggregation pheromones and their profile in Clavigralla spp., and will determine if they are pure male aggregation pheromones or if sexual pheromones are also involved, and compare these profiles with population genetic studies of Clavigralla species across tropical Africa for better targeting of biological control interventions. He is currently registered for a PhD at North-West University of South Africa, and is supported by a scholarship from DAAD, and project funds from USAID and BMGF.

Hilaire obtained a BSc in Natural Sciences and a MSc in Applied Entomology from the University of Abomey- Calavi in Benin.