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The fall armyworm Spodoptera frugiperda is a Lepidpopteran pest that feeds in large numbers on leaves and stems of more than 80 plant species, causing major damage to economically important cultivated grasses such as maize, rice, sorghum, sugarcane but also other vegetable crops and cotton.

It has been repeatedly intercepted at quarantine in Europe and was first reported from Africa in 2016 where it is causing significant damage to maize crops and has great potential for further spread and economic damage.

In April 2017, in response to the continuing spread of fall armyworm in Africa, DFID and CABI rapidly published a summary of the pest's present and possible future distribution on the continent, also summarizing information on its impacts, and control measures 'Fall Armyworm Status. Impacts and control options in Africa: Preliminary Evidence Note (April 2017)'.

Identification and management

The fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, is a lepidopteran pest that feeds in large numbers on the leaves and stems of more than 80 plant species, causing...

Management Factsheets
UK, CABI, (2016). Pest Management Decision Guides. CABI. 1 pp. English Language
Mudenda, M.,Mumba, S., (2017). Plantwise Factsheets for Farmers. CABI. 1 pp. English Language

Identification guides
CABI, (2017). Plantwise Photosheets. CABI. 2 pp. English Language
Zambia, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock,ZARI. Plantwise Photosheets. CABI. 1 pp. English Language

Posters and Leaflets
CABI, (2017). Posters and leaflets. CABI. 1 pp. English Language
CABI, (2017). Posters and leaflets. CABI. 1 pp. English Language

Food and Agriculture Organization, (2018). Manuals. Food and Agriculture Organization. 139 pp. English Language
CABI, (2010). Manuals. CABI. 114 pp. English Language

Latest research articles from CAB Abstracts

Zhu ChengQi; Niu Ying; Zhou YiWan; Guo JianGuo; Head, G. P.; Price, P. A.; Wen XiuJun; Huang FangNeng (2019). Crop Protection 115, pp 84-91. Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK.
Zhang BiYun; Liang AiHua; Fu YueJun (2019). Biotechnology Letters 41(1), pp 147-158. Springer, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Fernandes, F. O.; Abreu, J. A.; Christ, L. M.; Rosa, A. P. S. A. (2019). Journal of Agricultural Science (Toronto) 11(1), pp 494-503. Canadian Center of Science and Education, Toronto, Canada.
Togola, A.; Meseka, S.; Menkir, A.; Badu-Apraku, B.; Boukar, O.; Tam├▓, M.; Djouaka, R. (2018). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15(5), pp 849. MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland.



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