Observed for the first time in Oman in 1962, the Dubas Bug (Ommatissus lybicus Bergevin) causes severe damage to date palm trees in the Sultanate and abroad. Aim of the Dubas Research Program is, not only, to develop and promote a sustainable strategy to combat its effects, but to reduce the economic damage of the Dubas bug on date palm trees, reduce the reliance on damaging chemical pesticides
It is the aim of the program to, not only, develop, promote and test a sustainable strategy to combat the Dubas bug, but to reduce its economic damage on date palm trees, reduce the reliance on damaging chemical pesticides and find alternative biological pest control solutions that are safer for the health and environment.
The guiding committee, headed by HE Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, and made up of members of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, the Ministry of Health, Sultan Qaboos University, The Research Council and Royal Court Affairs, welcomes research topics and proposals in the following areas:
- Ecology and Biology of Dubas bug and its natural enemies
- Insecticides screening and resistance management
- Improved Biocide application and evaluation
- Cultural practices
- Socio-economics and implementation of IPM
Submission has been suspended for the Dubas Research Program until further notice.
The Research Council welcomes proposals from qualified scientists/ researchers at universities/research institutes, with a minimum of a PhD or an equivalent qualification.
Researchers whose qualifications do not include a PhD can seek collaboration with an institution or/and an individual with a PhD who will act as Principal Investigator (PI) for the project and he/she will work with them as a research assistant.
Research proposal(s) submitted by international scientists/ researchers or universities/research institutes have to be linked to a local partner institution such as the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, the Ministry of Health, Sultan Qaboos University or Royal Court Affairs.