New research reveals factors influencing the parasitoids that help to control invasive fall armyworm

An exciting new piece of research helps to shine a light on the relationship between fall armyworm and its parasitoids – the organisms that live in or on the pest which ultimately kill and control it. Scientists from CABI, Wageningen University and the Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI), with lead…
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CABI study updates safer options for fall armyworm control in Africa

FAW Larvae Y shape
CABI scientists have updated the first major study of potential biological controls that could be used in the fight against the devastating fall armyworm in Africa. The research offers new insight into evidence of their efficacy in the field and increased availability as commercial products. Indeed, the review, published in…
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Invasive tree, Prosopis juliflora, seriously reduces water resources in Ethiopia, costing rural livelihoods, new research reveals

Prosopis juliflora
New research has revealed how an invasion of the alien evergreen tree, Prosopis juliflora seriously diminishes water resources in the Afar Region of Ethiopia, consuming enough of this already scarce resource to irrigate cotton and sugarcane generating some US$ 320 million and US$ 470 million net benefits per year. A…
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Over 340 proteins from 2,600 bacterial strains screened in search of natural enemy for the invasive western corn rootworm

Western corn rootworm larvae
CABI scientists and a consortium of four French partners have stepped up the search to find a natural enemy for the invasive western corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera) having 340 novel proteins from over 2,600 bacterial strains screened for insecticidal properties against the pest. Dr Stefan Toepfer has been supporting…
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CABI BioProtection Portal welcomes new partner Idai Nature

Tuta absoluta in Kenya
Partnership will help CABI increase global reach and uptake of free tool to enhance awareness and uptake of biocontrol and biopesticide products The CABI BioProtection Portal has welcomed Idai Nature as a partner. This is great news for the development of the free-to-use tool which promotes awareness and uptake of…
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Invasive harlequin ladybird causes severe decline of two-spotted ladybird, new long-term study shows

CABI scientists have led an 11-year study which shows how the invasive harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) caused the severe decline of the two-spotted ladybird (Adalia bipunctata) on broadleaved trees and shrubs in northern Switzerland. Lead author Dr Marc Kenis, Head of Risk Analysis and Invasion Ecology based at CABI’s Swiss…
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