Yaounde, Cameroon, Central Africa

The Pathology Laboratory at IITA Cameroon studies pests and diseases and develops crop protection strategies using microbial agents to control them.

Established in 1998, the Pathology Lab initially covered cassava root rots. These days the key research areas are more diverse, including the isolation and identification of fungi, the maintenance of the IITA entomopathogenic fungi collection, recording climate change and entomopathogenic pathogenic fungi behavior, biopesticide development and research into cocoyam diseases.

The lab has welcomed many national students from different universities across Cameroon in areas such as cassava diseases study, selection of resistant variety of cocoyam disease, and the management of banana weevil and cacao mirid using entomopathogenic fungi.