Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

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Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) situation bulletin for September 2020 with a forecast through mid-November.

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The Desert Locust (Schistoseca gregaria-SGR1): The SGR situation remained worrisome in the central outbreak region (COR) as breeding continued in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, Saudi Arabia and Yemen during September. Hatching, band and swarm formations continued in northeast Ethiopia and across Yemen where control operations treated 57,457 ha and 5,828 ha, respectively. In Eritrea, breeding continued along the Red Sea coast and control operations treated 5,082 ha. In Sudan, swarms that arrived in the Red Sea coastal region from Eritrea began breeding, and 9,900 ha were treated. In Saudi Arabia, hopper bands formed on the southwestern region and control operations treated 13,745 ha. In Somalia, immature swarms persisted in the north and control operations treated 17,477 ha. In Kenya, some 2,100 ha were controlled in the northwest. A swarm was reported in southern Oman but did not require control. The situation improved in the eastern outbreak region (EOR) and control operations treated 3,645 ha in Pakistan. No locusts were reported in India. In the western outbreak region (WOR), the situation remained generally calm, and only small-scale breeding occurred in Chad.