News and Events
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.
Insect of the Month (May): Honeybee, Apis mellifera
The honeybee Apis mellifera occurs worldwide and is the most important managed pollinator. The global value of pollination is in the range of 200-500 billion USD every year and food security is at risk when bees are disappearing. In the Northern hemisphere, honeybee colonies suffer from colony collapse disorder and winter mortality.
Major scholarship opportunity for African scientists
30 April 2020: Over 100 talented African scientists interested in pursuing doctoral training in applied sciences, engineering and technology, have a chance to access fully funded scholarships tenable in selected, outstanding African universities in collaboration with highly recognised international institutions.
icipe scientists discover malaria transmission-blocking microbe in mosquitoes
4 May 2020: Researchers from the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) and the University of Glasgow, UK, have identified a microbe in malaria mosquitoes that is capable of blocking transmission of the disease from the insects to people.