CABI hosts and shares expertise in IWGO workshop on the biocontrol of fall armyworm in Africa

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CABI has hosted a virtual workshop focused on researching biological controls to fight the devastating fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) in Africa as lead of the fall armyworm sub-group of the IOBC-Global International Working Group of Ostrinia and other maize pests (IWGO).
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CABI to take part in Feed the Future’s webinar on Biocontrol of Parthenium

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CABI scientist Dr Kazam Ali is to share his expertise on a panel of researchers who are taking part in a Biocontrol of Parthenium webinar hosted by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management. Other members of the panel for the webinar, which will take place on Tuesday, March 30, from 7am…
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Regional conference highlights joint efforts to combat fall armyworm in SAARC member countries

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By Malvika Chaudhary Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), is a dangerous trans boundary insect with a high potential to spread rapidly due to its natural distribution capacity and opportunities presented by international trade.
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Benefits of biocontrol products in the fight against Tuta absoluta

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Tomato is one of the key vegetables grown by farmers in Kenya for income. However, production is constrained by numerous factors with insect pests as the most important. Farmers tend to manage tomato pests with pesticide sprays but these have associated risks to the environment, food safety and the health of sprayers.
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Recent updates to Compendia and the Pest Risk Analysis Tool

A new look for species distribution maps Compendia datasheets now benefit from enhanced data visualisation of species distributions. It is easier to view the global distribution of a species, with polygons indicating where a species is present. National records are shown in light shading while subnational records are darker. In Compendia datasheets, CABI aims to…
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Research on biological control of fall armyworm

The IOBC-Global International Working Group of Ostrinia and other maize pests (IWGO) fall armyworm sub-group is organising a virtual meeting on 16-17 March 2021. The rapid spread of fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, in Africa and Asia requires the development of new, sustainable, control methods, in particularly biological control. While many organisations worldwide are working on…
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Expertise shared on new research which maps growth and spread of fall armyworm in Australia

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CABI’s Dr Roger Day has shared his expertise on the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) as part of a team of researchers who have sought to map the growth and spread of the devastating pest in Australia.
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Cuscuta reflexa identified as problematic dodder devastating farmers in Western Kenya

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Travelling towards Western Kenya, you may have noticed some trees and bushes with yellowish creepy plant canopy covering them. Very few are aware that this is a parasitic invasive weed known as Cuscuta which is potentially threatening the survival of crops and biodiversity in the country. Also known as dodder, the weed is now found…
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Research collaboration in the fight against fall armyworm

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On 1 July 2020, CABI, with support from the Action on Invasives programme, launched the Fall Armyworm Research Collaboration Portal. Developed with expert input from a number of organisations and universities, including CIMMYT, FAO, and the USDA, the portal has been created to enable sharing and collaboration between researchers working on fall armyworm (FAW). Registered users can post their research highlights and ask questions to the rest of the FAW research community. Now, six months after…
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The power of negative results: paper on problems managing western corn rootworm among most downloaded in 2020

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Negative results, such as the failure of detecting factorial effects, are often not published. This is due to humans’ positive test bias trying to prove rather to reject their hypothesis.
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