Biological and ecological research with emphasis on:
- Identification of pests vs beneficial species found on various cultivated and fallow lands.
- Study of the biology and ecology of the pests (morphology, life cycle, breeding behaviour, feeding habits, density and population dynamics.)
- The determination of seasonal patterns of pest outbreaks, and of predisposing factors of outbreaks.
- Establishing the optimal time during the life cycle for the management of pest species.
- Developing biological agents appropriate for the management of specific pests, with reference also to traditional systems.
- Survey of potential indigenous bio-control agents in forestry.
Management of pests
- A better understanding of the biology, ecology, and population interactions of pests and hosts.
- Mnimizing the risks of pests’ potential to destroy crops, or transmitting diseases.
- Development of early warning systems in pest management
- Reducing the probabilities of secondary pest outbreaks and pest resurgence
- Developing selective control methods which are less destructive to natural competitors or enemies of pests.
- Developing methodologies to manage pests, which do not harm the health of farm crops, animals, humans or the environment.
- Beneficial exploitation of pests