Armyworm Network is a free website that provides up to date information on the African armyworm (Spodoptera exempta), an important pest of cereal crops and pasture grasses in sub-Saharan Africa.
Resources available on this website include the latest armyworm forecasts, press reports of armyworm outbreaks, photos, videos, publications, and lots of useful information on the biology, ecology and control of this important African crop pest.
What is the African
armyworm? The African armyworm moth, Spodoptera exempta is one of the most devastating crop pests in eastern Africa. Like the infamous desert locust it is highly migratory and outbreaks are difficult to predict.
- Biological control African armyworms play host to a highly specific baculovirus: SpexNPV. Ongoing research on the biology, ecology and genetics of SpexNPV is investigating its potential as a microbial pesticide.
project The consortial African Armyworm Baculovirus Project has partners in the UK and Tanzania. It investigates the interaction between armyworm and SpexNPV, hoping to develop an Africa-wide strategic control system.
- News The latest new and videos on armyweb research
- Forecasts Up-to-date forecasts of armyweb outbreaks in Africa
- Press reports Armyworm news and research in the press
- Publications Selected publications around armyweb research
- Contact us How to get in touch
SYNOPSIS: No outbreaks reported during this period; new outbreaks expected when the rains begin in southern outbreak areas sometime in late Oct into Nov.
Mon 06 October 2014
ZIMBABWE: Regional crop specialists have agreed to collaborate in the fight to eradicate armyworm which normally destroys cereal crops between December and March each year. The calls to strengthen ties among SADC member states was made at a Capacity Development for Community-based Armyworm Forecasting on Southern Africa workshop held in Harare yesterday. Crop specialists from Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe attended the workshop which was organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Winfred Hammond, a senior entomologist with FAO, told delegates that armyworm and other transboundary pests could have a devastating effect on the region’s food security if left unchecked. “It is important the region develops an early warning system against threats, facilitate and organise joint technical assistance on armyworm in the region,” Hammond said.
Fri 03 October 2014
SYNOPSIS: There were no reports of African Armyworm (Spodoptera exempta Walker) outbreaks received from any of the IRLCO-CSA Member Countries. Forecast (Oct - Dec): The 2014/205 Armyworm season in the IRLCO-CSA region commences with onset of the rains which is normally in October/November.
Sat 06 September 2014
SYNOPSIS: No outbreaks reported during this period; no new outbreaks expected until the rains begin in southern outbreak areas (late Oct to early Dec).
Thu 04 September 2014