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Marc Kenis Head Risk Analysis and Invasion Ecology

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Rue des Grillons 1 CH-2800 Delémont, Switzerland

I am an entomologist with 24 years of experience in applied and environmental entomology, particularly in the field of ecology and management of invasive insects. This includes risk analysis, impact assessment, biological control and integrated pest management. I also have particular expertize in forest entomology, parasitoid community ecology, the effects of climate change on insects and the use of insects as human food and animal feed. I have conducted field work and consultancies in more than 30 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America.


I am currently leading the Risk Analysis and Invasion Ecology Section at CABI in Switzerland. This includes the management of numerous national and international research projects and the supervision of young scientists and students. I coordinate the IUFRO Working Party on “Biological Control of Forest Pests and Diseases” and I am an active member of several other working groups and professional societies.

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Action on Invasives

Invasive species impact the livelihoods of the rural poor who are dependent on natural resources for income and food security. CABI is implementing an ambitious programme to address this complex issue. We are working with local, national and regional partners, and across agriculture, environment and other...
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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...
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Using insects to improve smallholders’ livestock production and food security in West Africa

Poultry farming is practised by almost all smallholder farmers in West Africa but feed and protein sources are becoming increasingly expensive here, affecting meat and egg production and reducing family income. Fish farmers suffer a similar problem. We are promoting the use of insects, which are a natural...
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Sentinel nurseries as early warning system against alien tree pests

Many of the alien pests and diseases of woody plants were unknown before they were established in new countries. No policy or measures to avoid their introduction and spread were therefore implemented. Recently, monitoring sentinel plants in exporting countries has been proposed as a valuable tool to...
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Biological control of the Spotted wing Drosophila - Drosophila suzukii

Drosophila suzukii Matsumura (Diptera: Drosophilidae), a fruit fly from East Asia, is now a serious economic pest of soft fruits and berries across Europe, the Americas and North Africa. In this project we are focusing on finding natural enemies (parasitoids) of the pest to introduce into Europe. This...
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Managing the invasive threat to Europe’s forests

Over the last few decades, European trees and forests have experienced dramatic losses caused by introduced non-native invasive pests and pathogens. As part of an international project, CABI is developing cost-effective and environmentally friendly tools for the prevention, detection and control of the...