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
Wed 11 November 2015
SYNOPSIS: There were no reports of African armyworm (Spodoptera exempta, Walker) outbreaks from any IRLCO-CSA Member countries. Preparations for monitoring Armyworm moths through the centralized National Forecasting System and/or Community Based Monitoring were underway in readiness for the outbreak season.
Wed 04 November 2015
GHANA: There is an armyworm invasion in the Mampong municipality in the Ashanti Region and Nkoranza in the Brong Ahafo Region. The worms are fast destroying large acres of maize farms and this could pose a challenge to food security in the country if not dealt with immediately. Farmers, whose farms have been invaded by the armyworms, have, accordingly, appealed to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to help contain the situation.
Mon 19 October 2015
Fri 09 October 2015