Almost all of Africa’s maize crops is at risk from devastating fall armyworm pest, study reveals

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Almost all of Africa’s maize crop is at risk from the devastating fall armyworm pest (Spodoptera frugiperda) according to new research published in the journal Frontiers in Insect Science. Scientists from the University of Minnesota's GEMS Informatics Center, and CABI’s Dr Roger Day, Global Advisor, Plant Health, have highlighted how…
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A quarter century of research into natural enemies to fight invasive phragmites shows early promise

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CABI is playing a key role as part of a team of international scientists who have spent nearly 25 years researching effective biological control agents to fight invasive phragmites which are considered to be one of Canada’s worst weeds. Two European moths – Archanara neurica and Lenisa geminipuncta – are…
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British High Commission checks progress of sensor-based pheromone trap to tackle fall armyworm pest in India

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The British High Commission in India has checked the progress of a state-of-the-art method for tacking the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) pest with a sensor-based pheromone trap that can be operated remotely anywhere in the world. Senior officials Sarah Fallon, Regional Director, Science and Innovation, and Swati Saxena, Senior Science…
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PhD student wins international research award for fight against devastating fall armyworm pest

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A PhD student – co-supervised by scientists from University of Neuchâtel and CABI in Switzerland – has won an international research award for his investigations to use a natural enemy to tackle the devastating fall armyworm pest. Patrick Fallet, who has been working under the guidance of Professor Ted Turlings…
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CABI-led review highlights potential management options for fall armyworm pest in Europe

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CABI scientists have published a review of potential management options farmers in Europe could take against an expected invasion of the fall armyworm pest which has already devastated maize crops in Africa and other parts of the world. The researchers from CABI’s centre in Switzerland suggest a forecasting system –…
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CABI shares expertise at COP15 summit seen as the “last chance” to reverse destruction of natural world

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CABI has shared its expertise in the sustainable management of invasive non-native plants as part of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) which was seen as the “last chance” to reverse the destruction of the natural world. Nearly 200 countries came together during the high-level talks in Montreal, Canada, with the…
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