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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 selection 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 organisations and sources. To see a list of organisations currently working on fall armyworm you can view our organizations taking action page.

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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
Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), (2020). External factsheets. Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). unpaginated English Language
AOI, CABI Pakistan, (2020). Pest Management Decision Guides. CABI. 1 pp. English Language

Identification guides
Queensland Government, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, (2020). Identification guides. Queensland Government, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. unpaginated English Language
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, (2020). Identification guides. Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Government of Western Australia. 3 pp. English Language

Posters and Leaflets
CABI. External factsheets. CABI. 2 pp. Urdu Language
CABI, (2019). Posters and leaflets. FAO/CABI. 2 pp. English Language

Prasanna, B. M.,Huesing, J.,Peschke, V. M.,Eddy, R., (2021). Manuals. CIMMYT. 187 pp. English Language
IPPC Secretariat, (2021). Manuals. FAO. 36 pp. English Language

Latest research articles from CAB Abstracts

Addisu Sileshi; Mulugeta Negeri; Thangavel Selvaraj; Amsalu Abera (2022). Cogent Food & Agriculture 8(2079210) Cogent OA, Abingdon, UK.
Qian Yong; Yang ChunPing; Weng Ping; Zhang Min; Pan XueGe; Wang YanMei; Chen HuaBao (2022). Journal of Asian Natural Products Research 24(7), pp 648-656. Taylor & Francis, Abingdon, UK.
Sneha Tiwari; Pogula Kranthi (2022). Journal of Entomological Research 46(2), pp 261-265. Malhotra Publishing House, New Delhi, India.

Latest news

Publisher - Carter County Times 11:00 AM - 29 June, 2022 (Search term - fall armyworm)
Publisher - New Telegraph Newspaper 02:12 AM - 27 June, 2022 (Search term - fall armyworm)
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