The PathoBios International Joint Laboratory, a Observatory of Plant pest and Disease in West Africa : biodiversity and biosecurity, formalized the long-term partnership between INERA in Burkina Faso and IRD in France in the field of crop protection. It was created in 2013 for a period of 5 years, then renewed in 2019 with a broader partnership with universities in Burkina Faso, UNB, the Joseph-Ki Zerbo University, as well as CIRAD in France, and UCL in Belgium.
PathoBios is located in two sites in Burkina Faso: INERA Kamboinsé, not far from Ouagadougou; and INERA Farako-Bâ, in Bobo-Dioulasso. These operational platforms enable to conduct major manipulations in molecular biology, microbiology and plant experimentation. In addition to the work done in Burkina Faso, there are dynamic collaborations (common projects, guests, research travels) with many neighbouring countries.
PathoBios aims at offering solutions to the daily-basis issues of farmers: limiting the damages due to bio-aggressors in crops in order to ensure food security in the context of climate change and rapid population growth;
To this purpose, it is necessary to:
Researchers at the PathoBios publish the results of their innovative research, with the objective to achieve scientific excellence, notably with the establishment of new diagnosis tools, molecular epidemiology, biotechnologies, and towards integrative approaches such as “One Health” or Phytobiomes”.
PathoBios contributes to capacity building, with training of students (mainly Master and PhD students), organizing thematic workshops and teaching at universities in Burkina Faso and neighbouring countries.