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Study provides comprehensive review of devastating fall armyworm pest


A CABI-led study involving 57 scientists from 46 different institutions has provided a comprehensive review of the devastating fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) including details on its invasiveness, biology, ecology and management.

The research, published in the journal Entomologia Generalis, highlights how fall armyworm (FAW) is serious pest of several crops—particularly maize and other cereals—and has already invaded most of Africa and parts of the Middle East, Asia, and Australasia in the last six years.

Dr. Marc Kenis, CABI's Head of Risk Analysis and Invasion Ecology, based at CABI's center in Switzerland, is lead author of the paper which also offers recommendations for research to enhance the sustainable management of FAW in invaded regions.

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