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Invasiveness, biology, ecology, and management of the fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda

Published: October, 2022

Journal article

Marc Kenis, Giovanni Benelli, Antonio Biondi, Paul-André Calatayud, Roger Day, Nicolas Desneux, Rhett D. Harrison, Darren J Kriticos, Ivan Rwomushana, Johnnie van den Berg, François Verheggen, Yong-Jun Zhang, Lakpo Koku Agboyi, Régis Besmer Ahissou, Malick N Ba, Julio Berna, Adeney de Freitas Bueno, Yves Carrière, Geraldo Andrade Carvalho, Xue-Xin Chen, Lizette Cicero, Hannalene du Plessis, Regan Early, Patrick Fallet, Komi K M Fiaboe, Dnyaneshwar M Firake, Georg Goergen, Astrid T Groot, Raul N C Guedes, Ankita Gupta, Gao Hu, FN Huang, Lara R Jaber, Edi A Malo, Christina B McCarthy, Robert L Meagher, Jr, Samira Mohamed, David Mota Sanchez, Rodney N Nagosh, Nicolas Nègre, Saliou Niassy, Noboru Ota, Casper Nyamukondiwa, Celso Omoto, Subba Reddy Palli, Roman Pavela, Ricardo Ramirez-Romero, Julio C Rojas, Sevgan Subramanian, Bruce E Tabashnik, Wee Tek Tay, Eduardo Gabriel Virla, Su Wang, Trevor Williams, Lian-Sheng Zang, Lisheng Zhang, Kongming Wu

The fall armyworm (FAW), Spodoptera frugiperda (JE Smith, 1797), is a serious pest of several crops, particularly maize and other cereals. It has long been known as a pest in the Americas and has invaded most of Africa and parts of the Middle East, Asia, and Australia in the last six years. Its new status as an invasive species causing serious damage in many regions worldwide has highlighted the need for better understanding and has generated much research. In this article, we provide a comprehensive review of FAW covering its (i) taxonomy, biology, ecology, genomics, and microbiome, (ii) worldwide status and geographic spread, (iii) potential for geographic expansion and quarantine measures in place, and (iv) management including monitoring, sampling, forecasting, biological control, biopesticides, agroecological strategies, chemical control, insecticide resistance, effects of insecticides on natural enemies, as well as conventional and transgenic resistant cultivars. We conclude with recommendations for research to enhance the sustainable management of FAW in invaded regions.

Invasiveness, biology, ecology, and management of the fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda

Type Journal article

Published in Entomologia Generalis

Language English

Year 2022