Cookies on CABI

Like most websites we use cookies. This is to ensure that we give you the best experience possible.

 

Continuing to use www.cabi.org  means you agree to our use of cookies. If you would like to, you can learn more about the cookies we use.

Search this site
Sign up for the CABI e-zine Newsletter
Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment

University of Idaho professor collaborates with CABI’s Swiss centre during sabbatical

University of Idaho professor collaborates with CABI’s Swiss centre during sabbatical

A University Distinguished Professor from the University of Idaho is collaborating with CABI scientists based in Switzerland as part of a five-month sabbatical to investigate the chemical ecology of host specificity by weed biological control agents.

Professor Sanford Eigenbrode, who is being hosted by CABI’s Switzerland Country Director Dr Hariet Hinz and the centre’s Head of Ecosystems Management Dr Urs Schaffner, will also strengthen his involvement with a Swiss National Science Foundation-funded Woody Weeds in East Africa project (WWEA) directed by Dr Schaffner.

Professor Eigenbrode has studied plant insect interactions, biological control, host plant resistance, the ecology of vector borne plant pathogens, climate change, and the science of team science during a 23-year career at the University of Idaho in the United States.

He works with his colleague Professor Mark Schwarzlander, also from the University of Idaho, on aspects of the chemical ecology of host specificity by weed biological control agents as part of ongoing collaborations with Dr Hinz and Dr Schaffner.

Since the inception of the WWEA project in 2015, Professor Eigenbrode has been helping to implement novel approaches to improve communication among its scientists, students, and stakeholders in Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia. 

At CABI he is working closely with Dr Schaffner and with CABI scientist Dr René Eschen, also a leader in WWEA. In January, Professor Eigenbrode participated in the annual meeting of WWEA project in Moshi, Tanzania, and will use part of his time in Switzerland to visit colleagues at other European institutions.

The visit strengthens the long-standing formal relationship between the University of Idaho and CABI that includes Dr Hinz’s and Dr Schaffner’s appointments as adjunct faculty members at the university.

Professor Eigenbrode said, “When the opportunity for a sabbatical arose, CABI Switzerland was a natural choice based on previous enjoyable visits here and the stimulating scientific and collaborative atmosphere that exists at the center. I am thoroughly enjoying working more closely with my valued colleagues here.”

He has been joined at CABI’s Swiss centre in Delélmont by his wife, Sara Pepper, who will be working remotely in her position at Washington State University.

Controlling the cabbage seedpod weevil in Canada

The cabbage seedpod weevil is a widely distributed pest of cruciferous crops in Europe and North America, causing substantial economic losses in canola crops in Canada. Current control measures still rely on applying broad-spectrum insecticides. We are collecting European distribution data for a parasitic wasp that is the weevil’s most effective... >>

Protecting leeks and onions from pests

The invasive leek moth poses a significant and immediate threat to producers of leeks, onions, garlic and chives in North America. The larvae mine the green tissues, reducing the marketability of crops. The pest’s distribution is expanding, with no signs of suppression by indigenous natural enemies. We are supporting an integrated pest management... >>

Biological control of brown marmorated stink bug

International trade is a common way for insects to ‘hitch-hike’ their way to new countries. The brown marmorated stink bug, originally from East Asia, has become a harmful invasive pest of many fruit and vegetable crops in North America and Europe. Biological control using Asian or European natural enemies may be an environmentally friendly,... >>

Controlling noxious Russian knapweed in the North America

Russian knapweed is one of several invasive plants of rangelands that arrived in North America as a seed contaminant in the 19th century, in this case from Asia. Biological control is often a good approach for these plants, but a nematode species introduced in the 1970s proved ineffective against Russian knapweed. Funded by a US and Canadian... >>

Partnership with DPR Korea's Ministry of Agriculture

Agricultural production in DPR Korea is low, resulting in food shortages and the need for international aid. Ensuring food security is a priority for the government. We have helped the newly-established Department of Plant Protection to sustainably improve agricultural production by optimizing its ability to develop and implement plant protection... >>

Insects as a source of protein

Global demand for animal-sourced foods is accelerating. Fishmeal and crops such as soya are key ingredients in animal feeds but are not ecologically or economically sustainable. Insect protein presents a viable alternative. The PROTEINSECT project is exploring fly larva (maggots), which are nutritious and can be mass produced at low cost, as... >>

Increasing rice production around the Mekong

Rice is the most important crop in southwestern China, Laos and Myanmar. Despite recent improvements, productivity is still low with millions of tons lost to pests, diseases and weeds. Intensive pesticide use has led to insecticide resistance, outbreaks of secondary pests and damage to farmers’ health. This project is introducing a biologically... >>