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Manuele (Manu) Tamò is a Swiss-born insect ecologist working at IITA in Benin. He obtained both his M.Sc. degree (host plant resistance against potato tuber moth) and Ph.D. (interactions between cowpea and bean flower thrips) from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ), Institute of Plant Sciences, Zurich, Switzerland. He joined IITA in 1987 as an Associate Expert of the Swiss Development Cooperation, and was appointed as a scientist in 1992. Manu’s current research focuses on the development and deployment of biological control and habitat management options against major insect pests in cereal–legume systems. He has been involved in several regional IPM projects, by which he has established extensive links with colleague scientists and extension agents in 11 African countries. He has also collaborative activities with entomologists and biological control specialists in international research centers such as AVRDC, icipe, ICRISAT, AfricaRice, NRI, and several universities worldwide. He has been the principal investigator of several special projects totaling in excess of US$ 9 million. He has supervised 14 Ph.D. students (5 ongoing) and 11 M.Sc./DEA students (3 ongoing), and has published over 120 written reports, including 78 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He can easily communicate in English, French, German, and Italian (mother tongue).