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Waainek Research Laboratory

The Eastern Cape has a number of different floristic biomes that ensures a wide diversity of agricultural ecosystems. The department of Zoology and Entomology is ideally placed to research problems experienced in this area. Indeed, entomology almost has an obligation to address the problems experienced in pest control in this area. The department has been involved in agricultural projects since its inception in 1905 when the first head of department Professor Duerden worked in wool quality and ostriches in this area. In the 1970s considerable work was undertaken in the control of citrus pests.

In the last 7 or 8 years there has been a rejuvenation of agricultural entomological research in the department and projects have been undertaken on the control of pests in cabbages, chicory, peppers, olives, macadamias, litchis, potatoes and citrus. More recently the main focus has been the control of citrus pests using microbes such as fungi and viruses. These projects have focussed not only on commercial farming systems, but also sustainable rural livelihoods. The philosophy of this work is to:
• Research problems driven by industry
• Commitment to undertaking fundamental science on applied systems
• Commitment to IPM
It is widely accepted that pests should be controlled using less insecticides and more through natural enemies such as spiders and wasp parasitoids.

Last Modified: Thu, 09 May 2013 10:33:53 SAST