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Paul Van Mele p.vanmele@cabi.org

Paul van Mele

 

Principal areas of expertise

  • Improving communication between scientists, extensionists and farmers through workshops and development of training materials (including several manuals and books)
  • Integrated Crop Management and conservation biological control
  • Agricultural knowledge and extension systems (including local knowledge)
  • Participatory research and technology development

Experience

  • CABI Bioscience senior training officer (2000 - present)
  • IPM in fruit project co-ordinator (Vietnam 1997 - 1999)
  • Lecturer and projects co-ordinator (University of Ghent, Belgium, 1995 -1997))
  • Animal health and husbandry project co-ordinator (Malaysia, 1993 - 19994)
  • Researchg Fellow, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (Nigeria, 1991)

Education

  • BSc. & MSc., Tropical Plant Production and Protection, (University of Ghent, Belgium, 1986-1992)
  • PhD. Evaluating farmers' knowledge, perceptions and practices: a case study of pest management by fruit farmers in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. (Wageningen, The Netherlands, 2000)

Personal details

  • Belgian National
  • CABI Bioscience, Egham, UK

Principal Publications

  • Van Mele, P. and Cuc, N. T. T. 2003. Ants as Friends: Improving Your Tree Crops with Weaver Ants. CABI Commodities and Cenicafé. pp. 65
  • Van Mele, P. (ed.) 2003. Way Out of the Woods: Learning How to Manage Trees and Forests. CPLPress, Newbury, UK, pp. 150.
  • Van Mele, P., McGillivray, L., Brunt, J., Crowson, H. & Vos, J. 2002. Discovery Learning Manual for Cabbage Pest Management, pp. 288.
  • Van Mele, P. & Zakaria, A. K. M. 2002. The Innovation Tree: A new PRA tool to reveal the innovation adoption and diffusion process. PLA Notes 45, 49-53. London: IIED.
  • Van Mele, P., Cuc, N.T.T. & Van Huis, A. 2002. Direct and indirect influences of weaver ant Oecophylla smaragdina husbandry on citrus farmers' pest perceptions and management practices. International Journal of Pest Management, 48 (3), 225-232.
  • Van Mele, P. & Truyen, V. T. 2002. Observations and farmer experimentation with predatory ants. LEISA, 18(1), pp. 28-29. http://www.ileia.org/2/18-1/28-29.PDF
  • Van Mele, P., Hai, T.V., Thas, O. & Van Huis, A. 2002. Influence of pesticide information sources on citrus farmers' knowledge, perception and practices in pest management, Mekong Delta, Vietnam. International Journal of Pest Management, 48 (2), 169-177.
  • Van Mele, P. & Van Lenteren, J. 2002. Habitat manipulation for improved control of citrus leafminer and mite pests in a mixed orchard-ricefield landscape, Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 88 (1), p. 35-48.
  • Moses, K., Little, A.,Van Mele, P., Wesseler, G., Guharay, F., Pollard, G., Persad, C., Dolly, D., Palengleng, L. & Kimani, M. 2001. Report on Regional Training Workshop on Farmer Participatory Methods for Ecological Crop Management. Trinidad & Tobago, 11-15 September 2000, pp. 88.
  • Cuc, N.T.T., Mai, V., Chien, & Van Mele, P. 2001. Yellow ants: techniques to use yellow ants in citrus, pp. 15 (in Vietnamese)
  • Van Mele, P., Mai, V., Chien, H.V. & Cuc, N.T.T. (Eds.). 2001. Weaver Ants: A Golden Opportunity. Proceedings of Citrus Farmer Workshop, February 2001, Tien Giang, Vietnam. CABI Bioscience, pp. 25.
  • Van Mele, P. 2001. Sustainable Fruit Production. Pest Management Notes, No.11 (Briefing for IPM in Developing Countries Project funded by EC DGVIII), PAN-UK, pp.4. http://www.pan-uk.org/Internat/IPMinDC/pmn11.pdf
  • Van Mele, P. & Cuc, N.T.T. 2001. Farmers' perceptions and practices in use of Dolichoderus thoracicus (Smith) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) for biological control of pests of sapodilla. Biological Control, 20(1), p. 23-29.
  • Van Mele, P., Cuc, N.T.T. & Van Huis, A. 2001. Farmers' knowledge, perceptions and practices in mango pest management in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. International Journal of Pest Management, 47(1), p. 7-16.
  • Van Mele, P. & Cuc, N.T.T. 2000. Evolution and status of Oecophylla smaragdina as a pest control agent in citrus in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. International Journal of Pest Management, 46(4), p. 295-301.
  • Van Mele, P. 2000. Evaluating farmers' knowledge, perceptions and practices: a case study of pest management by fruit farmers in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. PhD thesis, Wageningen University, the Netherlands, pp. 225.
  • Van Mele, P. 1999. Participatory Learning: Extension Possibilities for IPM in Fruit Production in Vietnam. In: Van Mele, P. and Huynh, N.V. (eds) Proceedings of the Second Symposium on Fruit Production in the Mekong Delta Focussing on Integrated Pest Management, March 3rd, 1999, Can Tho, Vietnam, p. 9-20.
  • Van Mele, P. & Huynh, N.V. (eds.). 1999. Proceedings of the Second Symposium on Fruit Production in the Mekong Delta Focusing on Integrated Pest Management, March 3rd, 1999, Can Tho, Vietnam, 170 pp.
  • Van Mele, P. 1999. Living fences around orchards in southern Viet Nam. Non-Wood-News, FAO, Rome, Italy, p. 48-49. http://www.fao.org/docrep/x1022e/x1022e05.htm#22
  • Van Mele, P. & Huynh, N.V. (eds.). 1998. Proceedings of the First Symposium on Fruit Production in the Mekong Delta Focusing on Integrated Pest Management, February 25, 1998, Can Tho, Vietnam, 120 pp.
  • Padulosi, S., Caruso, T., Barone, E., Van Mele, P. & Kaska, N. 1998. IPGRI'S Initiatives for the Promotion of Better Conservation and Use of Pistacia Genetic Resources. In: Ferguson, L. (ed.) Proceedings of the second international symposium on pistachios and almonds, Davis, California, USA, 24-29 August 1997. Acta Horticulturae, 470, p. 138-142. http://www.actahort.org/books/470/470_19.htm
  • Van Mele, P. 1998. Status of IPM in Fruit Trees in SE Asia. Proceedings of the First Symposium on Fruit Production in the Mekong Delta Focussing on Integrated Pest Management, February 25, 1998, Can Tho, Vietnam, p. 42-49.
  • Van Mele, P. 1998. Alternative Uses of Rice By-Products in Vietnam. Humus News, 14(1), p. 2-3.
  • IPGRI. 1998. Descriptors list for Pistacia spp. (excluding P. vera L.). International Plant Genetic Resources Institute, Rome, Italy, 48 pp. (Principal contributors: Kaska, N., Padulosi, S. & Van Mele, P.)
  • IPGRI. 1997. Descriptors for pistachio (Pistacia vera L.). International Plant Genetic Resources Institute, Rome, Italy, 51 pp. (Principal authors: Barone, E., Padulosi, S. & Van Mele, P.)
  • Van Mele, P. 1997. Utilization of Coconut Coir Dust Mulch in the Tropics. Humus News, 13(1), p.3-4. Van Mele, P., Hulsen, K. & Van Damme, P. 1997. Leaf Anatomy and Morphology of some Mediterranean Pistacia spp. In: Smets, E., Ronse Decraene, L.P. and Robbrecht, E. (eds.). Scripta Botanica Belgica, 15, p. 154. Van Mele, P., Van Damme, V., Scheldeman, X., Meylemans, B. & Van Damme, P. 1997. Herbicide Use and Occurrence of Echinochloa spp. in Rice Fields in the Dry and Intermediate Zones of Sri Lanka. International Rice Research Notes, 22(1), p. 47.
  • Van Mele, P., Dekens, E. & H.A.J. Gunathilake. 1996. Effect of Coir Dust Mulching on Weed Incidence in a Pineapple Intercrop under Coconut in Sri Lanka. Mededelingen van de Faculteit van de Landbouwwetenschappen Ghent University, 61(3b), p.1175-1180.
  • Van Mele, P. 1995. Het nut en de funktie van bomen in de tropen (The use and function of trees in the tropics). Ghent University, Belgium, 63 pp.

 

 
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