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Insect of the Month (July): Brown ear tick, Rhipicephalus appendiculatus

Ticks are obligate blood‐sucking arthropods found throughout most regions of the world. They infest every class of terrestrial vertebrates. Ticks and tick-borne diseases cause economic losses in Africa of close to 2 billion USD. The frequencies of several tick‐borne diseases and their geographical distribution are increasing, in part due to climatic changes, human population pressure, movement of animal hosts, and association between domestic and wildlife.


A brief history of icipe@50

Dear Colleagues and Friends,
This year, 2020, marks the 50th anniversary of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe). As part of our golden jubilee commemoration, we are most delighted to present a special publication that provides the first comprehensive narrative of the Centre; from inception to present, and a forecast of future goals. Click here to download report


‘Suicidal Hatch’ a potential management strategy for potato cyst nematodes

12 June 2020: It may be possible to manage potato cyst nematodes (PCN), currently a key threat to potato production in eastern Africa, by inducing ‘suicidal hatching’ of the pests using naturally occurring chemicals in crop roots.


Insect of the Month (June): Sandfly, Phlebotomus duboscqi

Leishmaniasis is a neglected disease that causes each year 700,000 to 1 million new cases globally, with 26,000 to 65,000 deaths. The disease is transmitted through bites of infected female sandflies, which feed on blood to produce eggs. Humans are among several animal species that have been found to harbor Leishmania parasites in nature.


Bee research and development activities (since 1995)

Bee research and development activities were introduced at icipe in 1995. These efforts commenced with the inauguration of the Commercial Insects Programme at the Centre, aimed at developing sustainable apiculture and sericulture value chains as livelihood alternatives for rural communities in Africa, especially those living in fragile or natural resource-rich ecosystems.