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
Myriam defended her PhD at the University of Douala, 19th June 2020. She worked on the modelling and simulation of a cocoa plant mirid population in Cameroon.
Janvier defended his PhD at the University of Douala in February 2020. He worked on the dynamics of the maize stalk borer.