Agricultural production continues to be hampered by both native and invasive insect and mite pests. Adequate biological information is essential for timely identification and management. This project will mobilize biodiversity information from specimens in agricultural insect collections with these Cameroonian institutions:
- Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD)
- International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) & Congo Basin Institute (CBI) in Yaoundé
- University of Douala (UDL)
The project team will take steps to help reorganize and upgrade collections while prioritizing specimens for ditigization and providing training to collections staff in good practices for data mobilization. Once georeferenced and properly validated, the team will publish records to GBIF.org via the CAMBIF IPT installation.
The published data will allow for the production of checklists of native and introduced pests in Cameroon to aid in management by crop protection specialists from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.