EPITAG gathers French and Cameroonian researchers with a background in dynamical systems and control and an interest in crop diseases.
EPITAG in short
Our main objective is to study the epidemiology and management of tropical crop diseases, with a focus on Cameroon. Our approach consists in developing and analysing dynamical models describing plant-parasite interactions, in order to better understand, predict and control the evolution of damages in crops. To ensure the relevance of our models, field experts and stakeholders need to be closely associated. We focus on pest and pathogens that affect major staple food and cash crops, such as cocoa plant mirids, plantain and banana plant-parasitic nematodes, coffee berry borers, coffee leaf rust, maize stalk borers, cabbage diamondback moths, papaya mealybugs, etc. To tackle these issues, we jointly supervise master and PhD students.
Keywords: mathematical models; dynamical systems; control theory; optimisation; plant epidemiology; tropical crops; crop pests and pathogens; integrated pest management
The award was established in the memory of Ibni Oumar Mahamat Saleh to continue his commitment for mathematics in Africa. It aims at honouring young mathematicians from Central and West Africa.
Israël defended his PhD thesis at the University of Yaoundé I on April 9th 2021. He worked on the modelling, analysis and control of plantain or banana plant-parasitic nematodes.