I consider myself as a citizen of the world and as such I am committed to promoting the Sustainable Development Goals as the pathway to establish a not only more humanistic world, but also a safer and equal place to live for all.
While I would do all I can to be part of the goals contained in the SDGs, the second goal of this audacious but attainable endeavor (Zero hunger) is directly related to my field of study, agriculture in general and crop protection in particular. Therefore, I have decided to apply for the IUPAC International Congress and the Next Generation Agri Summit in Ghent, Belgium. I have some ideas I wish to explore and further study to ensure that even the most vulnerable can deal with invasive pests by available and appropriate ways.
My aim is to study the capacity of some biological or botanical extracts in controlling some common agricultural pests and hence promote sustainable and affordable crop protection techniques. I have four plants in mind that I would like to work on and see if their effects can be of importance in the future of crop protection.
1. Monitoring the effects of the smell of Casuarina spp. to control or repel white flies and aphids.
2. Use of Tetradenia riparia (“faux patchouli” in French). When I was growing up in Bukavu (eastern DRC), we used to rub Tetradenia riparia (“faux patchouli” in French) leaves to get rid of fungal infestations. Also, after boiling the leaves of this plant, the liquid could be drunk to treat digestive complications. It was used for many other treatments. I would like to further see if this can have an effect on controlling fungal pests of plants such as the powdery and Downey mildew infestations, necrosis and other arthropod pests.
3. I’d also like to assess the effects Aloe Vera extracts on some arthropod pests.
4. Assess a possible effect of Euphorbia tirucalli sieve on common agricultural pests.
I can start by working on any of these. It will help boost my research career and get a better opportunity for graduate studies. If the results are good and adaptable, and because all these plants are readily available, it could also assist small-scale farmers by being an economic way to control pests .
I consider these projects to be able increase knowledge and farmers’ income. If I receive funding, I will just to do this as a small research project using family land (in Congo) or university land (in Kenya). I will need some resources and materials such as the seeds, the material to work the lands, some material to process the treating plants products, sticky traps and nets, and one or two people to help with labor and also to acquire any other material that will be necessary.
In this application, I understand you will provide training for those selected. And if I am and eventually start my project, I can get one of my university lecture to assist and help me do this in a more professional way.
Junior Kika Lusu, Democratic Republic of the Congo