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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
CABI,Nepal Plant Quarantine and Pesticide Management Centre, (2019). Pest Management Decision Guides. CABI. 1 pp. Nepali Language

Identification guides
CABI,Nepal Plant Quarantine and Pesticide Management Centre, (2019). Identification guides. CABI. 2 pp. Nepali Language
Krupnik, T. J.,Dhungana, H., (2019). Identification guide. CIMMYT: CSISA. 2 pp. English Language

Posters and Leaflets
CABI, (2019). Posters and leaflets. FAO/CABI. 1 pp. Amharic Language
CABI, (2019). Posters and leaflets. FAO/CABI. 2 pp. English Language

FAO,UK, CABI, (2019). Manuals. Food and Agriculture Organization. 112 pp. English Language
Tefera, T.,Goftishu, M.,Ba, M.,Muniappan, R., (2019). Manuals. ICIPE. 108 pp. English Language

Latest research articles from CAB Abstracts

Deng XueFeng; Zou Wei; Yan ZiYing; Qiu JianMing (2020). Genes 11(4) MDPI Publishing, Basel, Switzerland.
Huot, L.; Bigourdan, A.; Pagès, S.; Ogier, J. C.; Girard, P. A.; Nègre, N.; Duvic, B. (2020). Developmental and Comparative Immunology 108 Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK.
Fernandes, F. O.; Abreu, J. Á. de; Christ, L. M.; Rosa, A. P. S. A. da; Mendes, S. M. (2020). Bioscience Journal 36(3), pp 844-856. Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, Brazil.
Jepson, P. C.; Murray, K.; Bach, O.; Bonilla, M. A.; Neumeister, L. (2020). Lancet Planetary Health 48(4), pp e56-e63. Elsevier, Oxford, UK.



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