Owusu Fordjour Aidoo

Owusu Fordjour Aidoo

Research project: Bio-ecology of the African citrus triozid, Trioza erytreae and its associated natural enemies on citrus in Kenya and Tanzania and implication for its management

Owusu is a DRIP PhD Scholar supervised by Dr Sunday Ekesi (icipe), Dr Fathiya Khamis (icipe) and Prof. Dr Christian Borgemeister (Centre for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany). His research interests include the impact of climate change on insects, bio-ecology of insect pests and implication for their management, integrated production and pest management, and the diversity of insects associated with crop agro-ecosystems biological control. He is currently researching bio-ecology of the African citrus triozid (ACT) Trioza erytreae and its associated natural enemies on citrus in Kenya and Tanzania and implication for its management. The project will establish the genetic diversity, distribution, host range, dynamics, abundance, and damage levels of T. erytreae in Kenya and Tanzania, cataloguing natural enemies and determining their efficiency in suppressing T. erytreae. The project will also conduct life table studies and develop predictive phenology models for T. erytreae. He is currently registered for a PhD at University of Bonn, Germany, and is supported by a scholarship from BMZ.

Owusu completed his undergraduate studies in BSc Agriculture Technology at University for Development Studies, Ghana, and obtained an MPhil in Entomology from ARPPIS-University of Ghana, Ghana. Owusu is a student member of the Entomological Society of America.