Chris Lomer


Inst. for Ecology, Zoology Section,
Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (KVL)
Thorvaldsensvej 40
1871, Frederiksberg C
Tel: (45) 3528 2672

Mobil: (45) 5134 0001
Fax: (45) 3528 2670


1986 PhD: Imperial College, London, U.K.
1980 MSc: Imperial College, London, U.K.
1979 B.Sc./MA: Cambridge University, U.K.

Current Position: Visiting research associate at Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen.  Research on fungi for pest control, environmental impact and registration of biopesticides.

Recent Employment:

Consultant, FAO training course on biopesticide development, Ankara

Visiting assistant professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bilkent University, Anakara, Turkey. 1999 - present. Teaching in biotechnology and microbiology; research programme in technology transfer and the utilisation of baculoviruses as microbial control agents and as genetic expression vectors.

Research scientist and team leader, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Cotonou, Benin. 1992-1999.

Entomologist: control of vector of clove tree disease, Bogor, Indonesia. 1986 - 1991:

Areas of Expertise

Microbes as pest control agents, baculoviruses as expression vectors, research management, development issues.

Leader of LUBILOSA project from 1993 to 1999; initially focussing on field trials, initiating mass production studies, then enlarging to encompass socio-economic and ecotoxicological issues. Involvement of national programmes and training activities.

Leader of IITA's insect pathology programme from 1995 to 1999; initiating projects on classical biological control with pathogens (cassava green mite and Neozygites floridana), stem borers, banana weevil and termites.

Coordinator / Programme leader of IITA's Biological Control Programme/Project from 1995 to 1998; coordinating work on classical biological control against floating water weeds, spiralling whitefly and mango mealybug. Involvement in institutional management and coordination issues.

Relevant publications

Bridge, P.D., Prior, C., Sagbohan, J., Lomer, C.J., Carey, M. and Buddie, A. (1997) Molecular characterisation of isolates of Metarhizium from locusts and grasshoppers. Biodiversity and Conservation 6, 177-189.

Cherry, A., Jenkins, N., Heviefo, G., Bateman, R.P. and Lomer, C. (1999) A West African pilot scale production plant for aerial conidia of Metarhizium sp for use as a mycoinsecticide against locusts and grasshoppers. Biocontrol Science and Technology 9, 35 - 51.

Douro-Kpindou, O.-K., Godonou, I., Houssou, A., Lomer, C.J. & Shah, P.A. (1995) Control of Zonocerus variegatus with ULV formulation of Metarhizium flavoviride conidia. Biocontrol Science and Technology 5, 131-139.

Gelernter, W. D. and Lomer, C. J. (1999). Biocontrol of insects by pathogens. In Measures of Success in Biological Control. Ed. G. Gurr and S. Wratten, Kluwer.

Langewald, J., Ouambama, Z., Mamadou, A., Peveling, R., Stolz, I., Bateman, R., Blanford, S., Arthurs, S., Attignon, S. and Lomer, C. (1999) Comparison of an organophosphate Insecticide with a mycoinsecticide for the control of Oedaleus senegalensis (Orthoptera: Acrididae) and other Sahelian grasshoppers at an operational scale. Biocontrol Science and Technology 9, 199-214.

Lomer, C.J. (1986) Release of Baculovirus oryctes into Oryctes monoceros populations in the Seychelles. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 47 237-246.

Lomer, C.J., Bateman, R.P., Godonou, I, Kpindou, D., Shah, P.A., Paraiso, A. and Prior, C. (1993) Field infection of Zonocerus variegatus following application of an oil based formulation of Metarhizium flavoviride conidia. Biocontrol Science and Technology 3, 337 - 346.

Lomer, C.J., Eden-Green, S.J., Boa, E.R. and Supriadi (1992) Evidence for a forest origin of Sumatra disease of cloves. Tropical Science, 32, 95-98.

Lomer, C.J., Stride, A.B. and Balfas, R.B, (1993) The biology of clove-dwelling Hindola and some related Machaerotidae in Indonesia. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 83(2) 213-220.

Lomer, C.J., Thomas, M.B., Godonou, I., Shah, P.A., Douro-Kpindou, O.-K. & Langewald, J., (1997) Control of grasshoppers, particularly Hieroglyphus daganensis, in northern Benin using Metarhizium flavoviride.Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Canada 171, 301-311.

Lomer, C. J., Bateman, R. P., De Groote, H., Dent, D., Kooyman, C., Langewald, J., Peveling, R. and Thomas, M. B. (1999) Development of strategies for the incorporation of microbial pesticides into the integrated management of locusts and grasshoppers. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 1(2), 71-88.

Smits, J. E., Johnson, D. L. and Lomer, C. J. (1999) Avian pathological and physiological responses to dietary exposure to the fungus Metarhizium flavoviride, an agent for control of grasshoppers and locusts in Africa. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 35(2), 194-203.

Stonehouse, J.M., Gbongboui., C., de Groot, A., Lomer, C., Ly, S. Maiga, I. and Tijani (1997) Grasshopper control in the Sahel: Farmer Perceptions and Participation. Crop Protection 16, 733 - 741.

Thomas, M.B., Wood, S.N. and Lomer, C.J. (1995) Biological control of locusts and grasshoppers using a fungal pathogen: the importance of secondary cycling. Transactions of the Royal Society 259, 265-270.

Van Thielen, R., Ajuonu, O., Schade, V., Neuenschwander, P., Adité, A. and Lomer, C.J. (1994) Importation, releases, and establishment of Neochetina spp. (Col.: Curculionidae) for the biological control of water hyacinth Eichornia crassipes (Lil. Pontederiaceae) in Benin, West Africa. Entomophaga 39, 179-188.

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