A Day Outing to ICIPE ( International Centre for Insect Physiology & Ecology)

Friday, June 7, 2013, 9.30 am – 12 pm

ICIPE is an international scientific research institute, headquartered in Nairobi, that works towards improving lives and livelihoods of people in Africa. It was founded in 1970 by a renowned Kenyan entomologist, Thomas Odhiambo, with strong encouragement from Carl Djerassi, a professor of Chemistry at Stanford University.

The center’s main objective is; Research and development of alternative and environmentally friendly pest and vector management strategies, conservation and use of the rich insect biodiversity found in Africa among others. It is the only international center in sub-Saharan Africa working primarily on arthropods, while focusing on sustainable development using human health as the basis and the environment as the foundation for sustainability.

Activities:
Guided tours to;
• Beekeeping Museum
The museum showcases newly developed technologies of hiving stingless bees as well as the honey bees.
• Honey Quality Control Laboratory
In the quality control laboratory, extensive tests are carried out to test any impurities in honey including pesticides and antibiotics and to determine the quality of honey.
• Royal Jelly Laboratory
In this lab, royal jelly (a honey bee secretion that is used in the nutrition of larvae, as well as adult queens) which is harvested from the apiaries in the field is processed for consumption as a food supplement.
• Instrumental Insemination Laboratory
This lab undertakes instrumental insemination, which is a proven and reliable method of controlled mating, providing an essential tool for honey bee research, bee breeding and stock maintenance.
• Honey processing and Value addition laboratory
Processing of honey (honey bees and stingless bees)
Processing of beeswax to candles
• Silkworm harvesting
Charges:
KMS members – Adults –Ksh 500
Non members – Adults –Ksh 700
Students – Ksh 300
Children below 10 years –FREE
Meet at KMS office at 9.30 am
Depart to ICIPE at 9.45 pm
Note: Due to security arrangements at the entrance, please book and confirm attendance by 4th June.

Contact: 0724 255 299, 2339158 or info@kenyamuseumsociety.org

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