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Prospects for classical biological control of Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in invaded areas using parasitoids from the Americas

Fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith) is a polyphagous agricultural pest threatening food…

Investigating the feasibility of developing a collective action for biological control of fall armyworm among smallholder farmers in rural communities of Zambia

Fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, an alien invasive pest from the Americas,…

Smallholder farmers’ knowledge, attitudes and practices towards biological control of papaya mealybug in Kenya

Farmer perceptions are highly important in influencing on-farm pest management…

CABI’s work on the biological control of invasive weeds making great progress

Classical biological control of Japanese beetle

The Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) is a pest that feeds on hundreds of fruit tree species, causing considerable damage. In the USA, costs to control the pest exceed $450 million per year. Global regions that climatically support the invasion of the Japanese beetle include central Europe where it is considered a high priority pest. This project is aiming to tackle the spread of the Japanese beetle by exploring the use of the parasitic fly, Istocheta aldrichi, as a classical biological control agent in Switzerland, where it arrived in 2017.

Biocontrol agent released to control noxious parthenium weed in Pakistan