Project Briefs (An Overview)

Biopesticides (A Short Overview)

Principal Investigators

Barry Pittendrigh, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC), USA

Manuele Tamo, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Benin

Cynthia Donovan, Michigan State University (MSU), USA

Michael Agyekum, Michigan State University (MSU), USA

Frank Lupi, Michigan State University (MSU), USA

Katherine Baylis, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC), USA


Eustache Biaou, Institut National des Recherches Agricoles du Benin (INRAB), Benin

Loredana Horezeanu, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC), USA

Program Documents and Publications

Project Proposal and Technical Description

Progress Narrative Brief, Year 1 (2014/2015)

Trip Report: Benin, January 2015

Benin Survey, August 2015

Videos of Biocontrol Methods (SAWBO)

Biocontrol of Legume Pod Borer (Maruca vitrata)

Natural Insecticide from Neem Seeds 

Botanical Biopesticides (An Instructional Video for Farmers in the Language of Adja in Benin)


Final Project Seminar 2016

Precision Pest Management Strategies for Cowpea Farmers in West Africa:a Proof of Concept

Precision IPM: Developing Robust Tool Sets

Cowpea Farmers’ Preferences for Biological versus Chemical Pest Control Strategies for Maruca vitrata 

Biological Control of Cowpea Insect Pests


IITA Conducts First Open Experimental Releases of Novel Maruca vitrata Parasitoids