The Entomology unit is specialized in pest surveillance and management in agriculture and forest sectors and has a big experience in management of Fruit Flies on olive and fruit trees, Lobesia botrana on grape, Tuta absoluta on tomato, Gypsy Moth on oak trees and Pine Shoot Beetle on pine trees. In addition, the unit focuses on conservation of Natural Resource such as beneficial insects, insect-plant association. The unit provides farmers technical supports and extensions through seminars, conferences, exhibitions, booklets, Media and LARI-LEB forecast application in order to improve food production within the framework of sustainable agriculture. The unit collaborates with international organizations such FAO, IAEA, EU Commission and small NGO and implements projects and development programs funded by them and participates in many international and national conferences. The unit works with all LARI stations to cover all the Lebanese agriculture areas. The head of the entomology, Eng. Zinette Moussa, is active members in TEAM Steering committee of fruit fly in Europe, Asia and the Middle East and she is the national expert for the identification of fruit flies in Lebanon.
- Identification of agriculture and forest pests
- Identification of quarantine pest for import/export fruits, vegetables and cereals.
- Implementation of pest surveys and managements
- Determination of impurities of animal origin in wheat flour
- Providing technical support to farmers
- Eng. Zinette Moussa - Head of department (email@example.com)
- Monitoring of Vectors transmitting the decline disease caused by the bacteria Xylella fastidiosa in Lebanon under the project “ Capacity Building and Raising Awareness in Europe and in Third Countries to Cope with Xylella fastidiosa – “ CURE-XF ” funded by H2020 (Marie Curie)
- Monitoring and management of pests on cherries and table grapes in Central and West Bekaa under the Private Sector Development Program “PSDP” funded by the European Union and Implemented by Expertise France
- Pest forecast and IPM in “Climate Smart Agriculture Adaptative Capacity of the Rural Communities in Lebanon” – AgriCAL project.
Publication and Booklets
- Moussa Z., Tannouri A., 2018. First report of the principle vector of Dutch Elm Disease Scolytus multistriatus (Marsham, 1802) on elm and poplar trees in Lebanon (Coleoptera: Curculionidae, Scolytinae). Bulletin de la Société entomologique de France. 123 (4): 429-434.
- El-hajj A. k., Nemer N., Chhadeh S.H., Dandashi F., Yosef H., Nasrallah M., Houssein M., Talj V., Haris, M., Moussa Z., 2018. Status, Distribution and Parasitism Rate of Olive Fruit Fly (Bactrocera oleae.Rossi) Natural Enemies in Lebanon. Journal of Agricultural Studies. 6 (1): 246-260.
- Moussa Z., Cocquempot C., 2017. Anoplophora glabripennis Motschulsky, 1854 a new introduced pest that could threat hardwood trees in Lebanon (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). Bulletin de la Société entomologique de France. 122 (4): 501-508.
- El Hajj A. K., Gharib M., Houssein M., Talej V.,Taha N., Aleik S., Mousa Z.,2017. Management of Tuta absoluta Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae). Using Biopesticides on Tomato Crop under Greenhouse Conditions. Journal of Agricultural Science. 9 (11): 7 p
- Moussa Z., Yammouni D., Azzar A., 2017. D. Dactylopius opuntiae (Cockerell, 1896) (Hemiptera: Coccoidae: Dactylopiidae), a new invasive pest of the cactus plants Opuntia ficus-indica in the South of Lebanon. Bulletin de la Société entomologique de France. 122 (2): 173-178.
- Moussa Z., Choueiri E., Youssef A., El Riachy M., 2017. First record of Olive Pyralid Moth, Euzophera pinguis (Haworth, 1811) on olive trees in Lebanon (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae). Bulletin de la Société entomologique de France. 122 (1): 57-60.
- Moussa Z., Cocquempot C., Yammouni D., 2016. First detection of Pine Wood Nematode Vector, Monochamus (Monochamus) sutor sutor (Linnaeus, 1758) in Lebanon (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Lamiinae). Bulletin de la Société entomologique de France. 121 (4): 455-460.
- Moussa Z., Yammouni D., 2014. First Record of Capparimyia savastani (Martelli, 1911) in Lebanon (Diptera: Tephritidae). Zoology in the Middle East, DOI: 10.1080/09397140.2014.994310.
- Moussa Z., 2007. Pests and their Beneficial Insects on Fruit trees and Olive in Lebanon - SABIL. World Vision. 86 p.