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Lecture by Dr. Kris A.G. Wyckhuys, International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Viet Nam

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Title

Integrative Approaches to Advance Biological Control in the Anthropocene: A Case Study from Tropical Asia

Lecturer

Dr. Kris A.G. Wyckhuys, International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Viet Nam

Time

Jan. 23, 14:30

Venue:

C1012, College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Zijingang Campus

Biography

Education Background

Doctor of Philosophy, Entomology, August 2005 - Department of Entomology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA.

Master of Science, Agricultural Engineering, July 2000 - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering (FBE), University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium

Bachelor of Science, Bioscience Engineering, July 1997 - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering (FBE), University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium.

 

Working Experience

Fujian Agriculture & Forestry University, Minjiang Scholar 

Affiliate Professor, Institute for Plant Protection, China Academy of Agricultural Sciences CAAS, Beijing, China (May 2014 – present)

Research Entomologist, International Center for Tropical Agriculture CIAT, Hanoi, Vietnam (2013 – 2017).

Visiting Scientist, CIRAD, Montpellier, France (Feb-Nov 2012).

Tropical Fruit Entomologist, International Center for Tropical Agriculture CIAT, Cali, Colombia (2010 – 12).

Research Coordinator, Horticulture Research Center (CIAA), Bogotá, Colombia (August 2007 – July 2010).

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept. of Entomology, University of Minnesota (USA) (2005-07).

Graduate Research Assistant (PhD), Dept. of Entomology, Purdue University (USA) / Zamorano Agricultural University, Honduras (2001-05).

 

One of the main outcomes of Dr. Wyckhuys’ research program has been the successful completion of a (globe-spanning) biological control campaign for the invasive cassava mealybug, Phenacoccus manihoti across tropical Asia -- which technically eliminated the need for pesticide use, restored yields by 5-9 t/ha, and increased earnings by $200-660/ha for millions of smallholder farming families from central Myanmar to eastern Indonesia. He is a Belgian bio-science engineer and insect ecologist (Ph.D., 2005, Purdue University USA), and has worked on arthropod biological control in a wide range of cropping systems: subsistence maize in Central America, soybean in the US Midwest, cotton in China, horticultural crops in Colombia, and cassava across tropical Asia. Dr. Wyckhuys has approx. 65 peer-reviewed international publications on agro-ecology, biological control and IPM.