Date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) is a major fruit crop in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The crop’s tolerance to high temperature, drought, and salinity makes it suitable to the harsh environment in the MENA region. Date palm is...
Dr. Mustapha El-Bouhssini earned his Ph.D. in entomology from Kansas State University in 1992 and joined ICARDA in 1996. His major research focus has been on integrated pest management (IPM) for cereals and legume crops in North Africa and West and Central Asia (CWANA). Over more than 25 years this research has yielded significant contributions to the development of IPM options that are now being promoted throughout CWANA.
He has published 168 peer-reviewed papers, proceedings, extension publications, books, and book chapters, and has given over 150 presentations at international and regional meetings worldwide. Dr. El-Bouhssini has also been heavily involved in human resources development in CWANA, giving short-term training courses, mentoring individual trainees, and supervising graduate students.
Based on his scientific achievements in the area of entomology, Dr. El-Bouhssini has received several awards, including Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Plant Resistance to Insects (IPRI) in 2018; Distinguished Scientist Award from the International Branch of the Entomological Society of America in 2014; Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Entomology Department, Kansas State University in 2014; and the International Plant Protection Award of Distinction from the International Association for the Plant Protection Sciences in 2007.