New icip website

Dear Friends,
The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) is very pleased to announce the launch of its new website (

The website has been designed with the goal of providing our esteemed partners and the general public with a comprehensive, user-friendly and efficient platform on the Centre’s activities.

The site’s homepage, which we intend to keep regularly updated, is primarily dedicated to highlighting the latest news at icipe. Among the current events is the launch of the Young Entrepreneurs in Honey and Silk project in Ethiopia, in partnership with the MasterCard Foundation, and the signing of an agreement between icipe and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, for the Adaptation for Ecosystem Resilience in Africa (AFERIA).

The rest of the site is categorised as follows:

About Us: This section presents the mission and vision of icipe, the Centre’s unique history, and details on where and how we work. It also provides an overview of the management and leadership of icipe, including an organogram, and sub-sections on its Governing Council and the Senior Management. In addition, there is a dedicated sub-section on the Centre’s staff.

Research: This section provides an overview of the icipe 4H Themes – Human Health, Animal Health, Environmental Health and Plant Health; the Research Support Units, Facilities, and our emerging Social Science and Impact Assessment Unit, with clear indication of the collaborative activities between the programmes and projects under all these elements.

Capacity Building and Institutional Building: In this section, up-to-date information on the Centre’s postgraduate and postdoctoral training programmes (including available opportunities); training courses and workshops intended for various stakeholders, and institutional building activities, are highlighted. Also presented is a comprehensive list of the young scientists currently undergoing training at icipe, with details of their research projects, sponsors and mentors.

Publications: Under the Journal Articles section, you will find a list of peer reviewed papers published by icipe to-date, with the option of either searching the entire database, or journals published within a specific year. Also available on this section are annual reports, corporate publications, manuals, newsletters, policy briefs, conference proceedings, and past publications dating as far back as the Centre’s inception over 40 years ago.

Media Coverage: This section, which we are regularly updating, provides a centralised point for icipe’s ever-expanding presence in local and international press.

Donors and Partners: Here, we focus on a range of institutions that support icipe including:

  • Investors – donors providing direct funding to the Centre, among them, governments, private foundations and United Nations agencies;
  • Research partners – among them universities and research institutes that collaborate with, and/or sub-grant icipe, thereby augmenting the impact of the Centre’s work;
  • Private sector partners – who are especially critical in the commercialisation of icipe’s technologies; and
  • Communities – organised groups of end-users who contribute towards field studies, uptake and dissemination of the Centre’s technologies and strategies.

The new icipe website comes with a drop down menu, allowing visitors to view all sections at a glance, and to therefore find information of interest much faster. The menu is supported by a global search function located on the header of the website, as well as individual search bars on all sections.
The site, which is responsive on desktop and mobile devices, is synchronised with all icipe social media networks – Twitter, Facebook,LinkedIn, Flickr and YouTube.
Dr Segenet Kelemu
Director General, icipe

New post on Global Plant Protection News

Tuta absoluta recommendations made at ESBC workshop in Cairo


Fourth International Conference of Eco-friendly Applied Biological Control of Agricultural Pests and Phytopathogens
Drs. Monir M. El-Husseini and Ahmed H. El-Heneidy under the auspices of the Egyptian Society for Biological Control of Pests conducted the 4th International Conference of Eco-friendly applied Biological Control of Agricultural Pests and Phytopathogens in Cairo, Egypt, October 19-22, 2015. About 200 participants from 10 countries attended this conference. Several papers were presented in the major sessions on parasitoids, predators, entomopathogens, phytopathogens, IPM, and botanicals in control of pests and diseases, and safety of biopesticides. In addition, a special symposium was conducted on the Management of the Tomato Leafminer, Tuta absoluta, October 22, 2015.
The Tuta absoluta symposium was led by presentations of R. Muniappan, Shoki Al-Dobai, Ahmed El-Heneidy and Hamam Bekhiet. It was followed by discussion and recommendations.
The recommendations of the workshop were:
• Establish a national network involving Scientists, Extension agents, NGOs, Private industries, and farmers.
• Establish a regional network for the Near East, North Africa, and Mediterranean.
• Regularly communicate with the Tuta absoluta Global Working Group established under IAPPS.
• Publish a Tuta absoluta News Letter (for Global program).
• Develop a database of Tuta absoluta natural enemies in Egypt and the region.
• Get all specimens (natural enemies collected) identified/confirmed by a specialist.
• Consider organizing an International Workshop on Tuta absoluta in Egypt in association with the Arab Society for Plant Protection meeting in November, 2017.


Participants of the 4th International Conference of Eco-friendly applied Biological Control of Agricultural Pests and Phytopathogens. Photo by Dr. Monir El-Husseini



On 2nd of April 2014, the Egyptian Society for Biological Control of Pests has lost one of the leading scientists of biological and integrated control of pests; Prof. Dr. Mohamed Fouad Tawfik, God’s mercy. His death has deeply touched all the members of the society, his colleagues and students in Egypt and in the Arab world.

Dr. Tawfik was born on 15th of April 1925 in Cairo.
Obtained his B. Sc. degree in Agricultural Science from the Plant Protection Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University, Egypt in 1947.
Obtained his M. Sc. degree in Economic Entomology from the same department in 1953, and
Obtained his Ph. D. degree in Philosophy of Science (Economic Entomology) from Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland in 1957.
Dr. Tawfik was appointed as a demonstrator at the Dept. of Plant Protection, Fac. of Agriculture, Cairo University in Egypt in 1948, and remained until his death at the same department, promoted to be a lecturer of economic entomology in 1958, an assistant professor in 1964, a professor in 1971, a chairman of the board of the department in 1981, then emeritus professor in 1985, and part-time professor in 2000. He spent also four years (1974-1978), as a professor of Economic Entomology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Baghdad, Iraq.

Dr. Tawfik contributed in establishment of a large scientific school in the field of biological control of agricultural pests in Egypt and throughout the Arab world, where many under- and post-graduate students graduated under his supervision. He supervised 38 master and 21 doctoral theses and published more than 160 scientific papers in the field of biological and integrated pest control in many magazines and scientific international journals. He published 7 reference books (General Entomology (1983), Biological Control of Agricultural Pests (1993), Biological Control of Agricultural Pests (second edition in 1996), Aquatic Insects (2004), Insects and the Environment (2004), Locusts and Biological Control (2005), Basic Morphology of Insects (2006).

He also contributed in management of many research projects and applied researches in the field of biological control of agricultural pests. The success of a number of them had created distinct units for the production of natural enemies (safe bioagents) of agricultural pests that still running for now supplying farmers and producers of organic crops with their needs, such as: production unit of predatory insects, production unit of entomopathogenic viruses, applied center for entomopathogenic nematodes and production unit of entomopathogenic fungi. All of which were within the applied research projects funded joint Egyptian/foreign (European Union, and the United States of America) in collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture.

In 1989, Dr. Tawfik founded the Egyptian Society of Biological Control of Pests (ESBCP), based at the Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt, for the purpose of uniting efforts of specialists and those interested in the field of biological control through a scientific association. The association has now more than 800 members from Egypt, the Arab states and some foreign countries. It carries out specific scientific conferences and symposia and also publishes an international scientific journal named “Egyptian Journal for Biological Pest Control” publishes in two issues per year. Dr. Tawfik was the president of the association council board since its inception until his death.

Dr. Tawfik was honored on his recognition of his efforts in the field of biological control by the President of Egypt with a Medal of Arts from the first class in 1986, awarded by the scientific creativity in 2000 and the State Award in Agricultural Science (Advanced Technology) in 2001. He also used to be a voted member of many national committees specialized in pest control at the Ministry of Agriculture and the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology. He was also honored by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the World Food Day X in 1990, with a certificate of appreciation for his prominent in the development of agricultural research and the advancement of Egyptian agriculture.
Editorial board

Welcome to ESBCP

Our goal of establishing the newsletter page is to keep our members (guests) informed and involved with our updated news. Since we want the newsletter to be as relevant as possible to our society’s needs, we look forward to hearing your contributions and comments.
Through this page you will be aware with:
• Recent ESBCP news.
• Current and future events.
• Related topics and interests published in other partner organizations or socities.
• Recent M. Sc. and Ph. D. theses already completed this year in the field of biological control of pests.

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