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Welcome to the fall armyworm (FAW) portal. The fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is a Lepidopteran pest that feeds in large numbers on leaves and stems of more than 80 plant species, causing major damage to maize, rice, sorghum, sugarcane but also other vegetable crops and cotton. 

Fall armyworm is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. In 2016 it was reported for the first time in Africa where it is causing significant damage to maize crops and has great potential for further spread and economic damage.

This portal contains a wide range of news, research, practical extension materials, videos and other resources on fall armyworm. Below is a sample of the resources available. To see the full list click the ‘see more’ links below, or enter ‘fall armyworm’ or ‘Spodoptera frugiperda’ in the site search above. 

The information comes from many organizations and sources. To see a list of organizations currently working on fall armyworm you can view our organizations taking action page. If you have resources that you would like included, please contact

Identification and management

The fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, is a lepidopteran pest that feeds in large numbers on the leaves, stems and reproductive parts of more than 350 plant...

Management Factsheets
Durocher-Granger, L.,Babendreier, D.,Huesing, J. E.,Jepson, P. C.,Eddy, R.,Prasanna, B. M., (2018). External factsheets. CABI. 2 pp. English Language
Plant Protection Service, Sri Lanka, (2018). External factsheets. Department of Agriculture. 2 pp. Sinhalese Language

Identification guides
Italy, FAO, (2018). Identification guides. Food and Agriculture Organization. 1 pp. Arabic Language
Italy, FAO, (2018). Identification guides. Food and Agriculture Organization. 1 pp. English Language

Posters and Leaflets
CABI, (2018). External factsheets. CABI. 1 pp. English Language
CABI, (2017). External factsheets. CABI. 1 pp. English Language

FAO,UK, CABI, (2019). Manuals. Food and Agriculture Organization. 112 pp. English Language
MoALFI,CABI,KALRO,KEPHIS,UoN,PAD,icipe,CIMMYT, (2019). Manuals. CABI. 15 pp. English Language

Latest research articles from CAB Abstracts

Sajjadian, S. M.; Vatanparast, M.; Kim YongGyun (2019). Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology 101(3), pp e21559. Wiley, Hoboken, USA.
Ramírez-Arias, F. G.; Lasa, R.; Murillo, R.; Navarro-de-la-Fuente, L.; Mercado, G.; Williams, T. (2019). Biological Control 135, pp 33-40. Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK.
Fuzita, F. J.; Pimenta, D. C.; Palmisano, G.; Terra, W. R.; Ferreira, C. (2019). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 235, pp 8-18. Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK.
Akutse, K. S.; Kimemia, J. W.; Ekesi, S.; Khamis, F. M.; Ombura, O. L.; Subramanian, S. (2019). Journal of Applied Entomology 143(6), pp 626-634. Wiley, Berlin, Germany.



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