Walter Ndonkeu Tita is responsible for the Pest Management-Entomology course. He has worked in the agricultural industry both in Cameroon and Canada for many years and has extensive knowledge in integrated pest management, parasitic and insect pathogenic nematodes, plantation agriculture, microbial pathogenicity, insect immunity, insect-plant and pest-pathogen interactions. Before joining Earth University, he was a postdoctoral research scientist at the Institute of Parasitology of McGill University, Canada, where he was responsible for the screening of natural products from plants using high-throughput assays to identify small molecules which could be used as candidates for development of novel anthelmintics and insecticides.
He holds a Bachelors degree in Agriculture from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria (1998), specializing in crop physiology; an M.Sc in Nematology from Ghent University, Belgium (2002), specializing in Pest Risk Analysis and a Ph.D in Entomology from McGill University, Canada (2008). He is a member of the Canadian Society of Entomology, the Society of Invertebrate Pathology and the Canadian Society of Microbiologist. He has authored and co-authored scientific publications in international journals and has attended many international scientific meetings where he presented papers and posters. He was also responsible for technology transfer to partner countries and sourcing for new plant extracts on the Bill and Melinda Gates funded project on drug discovery.
Plant Physiology; Plantation Agriculture; Pest Risk Analysis; Crop Production; Biological Control Integrated Pest Management; Insect Immunity; Entomopathogenic Nematodes; Microbial Pathogenicity.