Could entomopathogenic nematodes combat fall armyworm?

Research is currently underway to study new ways of encapsulating and applying entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) to better combat the invasive and destructive fall armyworm in Africa. PhD student Patrick Fallet is investigating the possibility of a novel biocontrol approach which will attract the armyworm caterpillars to beads containing biocontrol agents such as the insect-killing EPN.
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New challenge prize aims to tackle fall armyworm in Africa

A new challenge prize to help find the latest technology to combat the devastating impacts of the fall armyworm, which attacks over 80 different plant species, has today launched. CABI will form part of the judging panel for the¬†Fall Armyworm Tech Prize¬†‚Äď which is being spearheaded by¬†Feed the Future¬†with financial support from¬†Land O‚ÄôLakes International Development¬†and…
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Dr Ulrich Kuhlmann unveils Biopesticides Portal prototype at Biocontrol Africa conference

Dr Ulrich Kuhlmann, CABI‚Äôs Executive Director Global Operations, has unveiled a prototype Biopesticides Portal that facilitates the identification, sourcing and application of more environmentally-friendly, cost-effective and sustainable biological control products in the global fights against agricultural pests and diseases. The CABI-led project was highlighted this week (20 March 2018) at the Biocontrol Africa conference in Nairobi,…
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Taking on Fall Armyworm in Africa: The search for effective natural enemies

The Fall Armyworm (FAW), Spodoptera frugiperda has emerged as a serious threat to food security for millions of smallholder producers in Africa due to its rapid spread across the continent and extensive damage to staple cereals. At the last count, at least 28 countries were reported to be affected by the pest in Africa.
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New report reveals cost of Fall Armyworm to farmers in Africa, provides recommendations for control

CABI has published an ‚Äėevidence note‚Äô report on the invasive Fall Armyworm pest, showing how the caterpillar could cause maize losses costing 12 African countries up to US$6.1 billion per annum, unless control methods are urgently put in place.
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A can of worms: fall armyworm invasion in Africa

By CABI’s Roger Day. Reblogged from the Food and Business Knowledge Portal The fall armyworm is still invading regions in Africa. Since 2016 this worm has been spreading across sub-Saharan Africa and has been officially identified in 11 countries. Roger Day from the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International¬†(CABI) elaborates on its dangers in this…
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Where to find CABI’s open-access information on fall armyworm

The fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, is making headlines worldwide for all the wrong reasons. The caterpillar crop pest, native to the Americas, was reported in Africa for the first time last year and is now rapidly marching across the continent. It is a voracious pest of maize and other staple crops and has already destroyed…
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