Mr Innocent Rakubu
Zoology and Entomology
My BScHons at University of Venda
I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the university of Venda in 2019. In my Honours project I investigated the effects of farming systems (vertical farming system and horizontal farming system) on the production of onions (Allium cepa var texas grano 502 PRR). The main results of my project showed that high quantity of onions can be produced from a limited space using the vertical farming system.
My MSc at FABI
I am a first year MSc student. The focus of my MSc project is on the use of entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) as biological control of three important forest pest in South Africa, namely pine emperor moth, brown tail moth, and eucalyptus snout beetle. EPNs from the families Steinernematidae and Heterorhabditidae are the potential biological control agents of many important pests in forest and agriculture.
EPNs gained popularity because they can be easily mass produced and they are effective against a broad range of insect pest. They are also regarded as alternatives for the chemical insecticides which are known for negative impact on the environment and human health.
In my MSc project, EPNs will be screened for their virulence on pupae of the pine emperor moth, brown tail moth, and eucalyptus snout beetle. I will be working under the supervision of Prof. Brett Hurley. I will also work closely with Ms Agil Katumanyane who is completing a PhD with FABI.