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
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SYNOPSIS: Outbreaks reported in TANZANIA and KENYA; further outbreaks expected northern TANZANIA, KENYA and possibly southern ETHIOPIA.
Sat 05 April 2014
SYNOPSIS: Outbreaks reported in Tanzania and Kenya, quiet in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Outbreaks forecast for northern Tanzania and Kenya if favourable conditions continue.
Fri 04 April 2014
TANZANIA: An alert has been issued of the imminent invasion of the dreaded African armyworm. Preliminary reports say nine regions in the country are threatened with attack by the voracious pest. According to a spokesman of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives Richard Kasuga, so far the armyworms have been spotted in Mtwara, Lindi, Mbeya, Morogoro, Dodoma, Tanga, Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Coast regions. Several of the mentioned regions are also among those currently facing some level of deficit in food stocks and need every kilo to improve the situation. Source: The Guardian.
Thu 27 March 2014
ZIMBABWE: AT least 15 hectares of rapoko and sorghum have been destroyed by armyworms across the country, a senior official has said. In an interview, Plant Protection Research Institute (PPRI) head Dr Godfrey Chikwenhere said the worm predominantly affected crops in Nyamaropa, Chimanimani, Birchenough Bridge and Masvingo. "The problem was attributed to the dry spell that the country was experiencing over the past two weeks creating conditions that promoted the reproduction of the armyworms.
Sat 15 March 2014