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Master's II Research program

Grant #119767

Submitted by Messie DJEGOME Mariam on January 23, 2023

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Research topic : Diversity and ecology of Hemipterans associated to seasonal crops in Yaound
  • Background 
 The outskirts supply the urban areas with livings. However it is not an easy task to produce crops. Farmers are faced with a lot of insects pests which damage the crops. Among these pests, the order Hemiptera is the most represented after the orders Lepidoptera, Diptera and Coleoptera. To fight against these pests, farmers used chemical pesticides. Yet, these method of fight has consequences on crops and on  the environment. It is therefore primordial to search for alternative methods of fight that that will reduce negative impacts on crops and on the environment, limit losses and expenses of farmers. For this to be done, a perfect knowledge about insects diversity and ecology. We therefore undertook in this study to make an inventory of the fauna associated to seasonal crops (maize, tomato, groundnuts and potatoes). This study will be carried out in the outskirts of Yaounde.
  • Objectives:
The general objective of this work is to contribute in the knowledge of the diversity of hemipterans in farms of maize, potatoes and groundnuts. Specifically we shall:
Inventoriate the Hemipterans associated to seasonal crops and determine the different fonctional groups, the damages and their economic importance. 
  • Method:
A survey will be made on the types of seasonal crops cultivated at the  periphery of Yaounde town, the types of pesticides used and when they are used. After what, four areas will be chosen in the North, South, East and West parts of Yaounde to cover the climatic variations. Quadracts of 100m² Will be measured and all the plants in the plot sampled. Pitfalls will be placed, arthropods on plants will be collected using sweeping nets and mouth aspirators. Using flexible flyers, they samples will be conserved in pillboxes containing alcohol at 70%. The species will be identified using identification keys (Villiers 1943 and 1948, Poutouli, Delvare and Aberlenc 2011, Streito 2015) and viewed under a light microscope for more accuracy in the laboratory of Zoology at the University of Yaounde I. The data analysis will be done using the palaeontological statistics software.

£100.00 GBP

Total amount £100.00

By Messie DJEGOME Mariamon

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